First of all, this article is a personal opinion but from the point of view of a fan who feels run over by where they are leading the community who love the products of Microsoft Studios and others.
From the past E3 2014 I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Lionhead was developing what was the fifth installment of the Fable series but with a different perspective and a touch next-gen with the newly released to the Xbox One to the market. I confess, I was super excited and determined to defend why I had chosen Xbox all this time.
Later I had the pleasure of trying what was then the alpha version of the game (I felt like a child with a new toy), for hours and hours enjoy doing “nothing” in the alpha because the servers Were not available but I did not care, it was the game that I’ve been waiting for so long. Later I had to post the news right here on GamersRD.com that Fable Legends has been canceled by Microsoft and they had closed several studios, including Lionhead.
AFTER CANCELING FABLE LEGENDS EVERYTHING SETTLED DOWN
The alleged accusation was lack of budgets, saying that they stopped giving money to the studio and that’s why they decided to stop production. It was very disappointing to see as it went down everything that seemed to be one of the best games exclusive for Xbox. It was not an easy new for me to digest, but I had to get used to it and understand that some companies must make decisions that do not please everyone.
And Microsoft Studios does it again
Not long ago I was doubting the time when they were going to launch the long-awaited but strange Scalebound which promised something a bit classic (fighting with dragons) but mixed with avant-garde (the guy was listening to music with headphones) and so on. I confess, the game intrigued me and after MANY delays and uncertainty of when we were finally going to receive the game we get certain rumors about the cancellation of the game and then Microsoft and the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer confirmed it.
We are shocked. The controversy begins, the memes, a lot of things that go through our head when finally the franchise I like (Xbox obviously) reduces the amount of exclusive games in his library on the eve of announcing his next console (scheduled for 2017) and I wonder, have they gone mad?
The internet is full of assumptions ade by many people but one thing was confirmed and was through a Tweet made by Spencer where he says: “Cancelling Scalebound was the best decision for the franchise and the fans” ( I STILL DO NOT BELIEVE THIS) but unfortunately if the company prefers to invest in other exclusive games, let them have it. And this not only remains there, it had stopped a few months and I wonder: What is their next move?
@TiC_Podcast Difficult decision, we believe result is better 4 Xbox gamers, still disappointing. Im confident in 17 lineup thats our focus
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 9, 2017
This is really disappointing, frightening and annoying for any fan when its main franchise wants to make these kinds of changes and decisions that you do not know whether or not it affects them on a large scale. On the other hand I have certain conclusions to give.
I think that there can be more than just deciding to “protect” us. Another point and I imagine a lot of you have seen it as I is that Xbox never gave promotion to the game as it should, If you wanted to know something about it, you had to investigate it for yourself. Xbox also did not fully include Scalebound in its official announcements of expected games.
This kind of things will have to stop at some point. First remasters everywhere and now cancelling games just like that? I don’t know, you tell me.
Alejandro Paula – GamersRD
Translated by Angelica Lora