Following Microsoft's announcement earlier this year that it intended to close Lionhead, one of the UK's most storied development studios, the mandatory consultation period has now come to an end. The studio will close for good today, after 20 years.
Its final game, Fable Legends, went offline on April 13th.
"We can confirm that after much consideration over the six week consultation period with Lionhead employees, we have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios," reads Microsoft's statement on the issue, sent over today. "We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the team at Lionhead for their significant contributions to Xbox and the games industry."
An additional statement obtained by Kotaku the day of the announcement of Lionhead's closure last month reads: "We remain committed to the development communities in the UK and Europe, as well as our fans in those regions – and look forward to sharing more about upcoming project Sea of Thieves from Rare."
There appears to be an atmosphere of celebration as well as sadness at the studio today. Staff have been tweeting their memories ahead of the studio's closure.
Last day of Lionhead:-( pic.twitter.com/zfXobF7wzY
— Stuart Whyte (@stuwhyte) April 29, 2016
— Callum Macarthur (@ThirteenOranges) April 29, 2016
Top image credit: Damian Buzugbe, ex-Lionhead artist.