Microsoft has announced that the company is to close Press Play Studios in Denmark and sunset development of the studio’s Project Knoxville. Microsoft will also cease development on Fable Legends from Lionhead Studios in the UK and is in discussions with employees there about a proposed closure.
“These have been tough decisions and we have not made them lightly, nor are they a reflection on these development teams – we are incredibly fortunate to have the talent, creativity and commitment of the people at these studios,” states Microsoft Studios Europe general manager Hanno Lemke.
Lemke also praised Press Play in particular for their unique creative spirit, expressed in games like Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba.
According to Lemke, the changes are taking effect as Microsoft Studios continues to focus its investment and development on the games and franchises that fans find most exciting and want to play, and adds that Microsoft remains committed to the development communities in the UK and Europe.
“We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the members of Press Play for their contributions to Xbox and gaming. We are committed to working closely with those affected by today’s news to find them new opportunities at Xbox, or partnering with the broader development community to help place them in jobs elsewhere in the games industry should they desire,” concludes Hanno Lemke in the statement.
Press Play was founded in 2006 and had their breakthrough in 2010 with the critically acclaimed Max & the Magic Marker. In 2012, Microsoft acquired the studio following a successful collaboration launching Max on Windows Phone.
Press Play has posted the following statement on their website: “Thank you so much to our devoted fans who have been on this journey with us.”