Microsoft lays off part of Lionhead development team

Microsoft released Fable: The Journey, the latest game in the Xbox 360 RPG series from its UK-based Lionhead development studio, last week. Today, the company has confirmed that part of Lionhead's team will be laid off

Gamesindustry.biz reports that, according to a statement from Microsoft, "Following the completion of Fable: The Journey, Lionhead Studios has begun work on its next projects. As is common in the games industry, a smaller headcount is needed as projects kick off and ramp up as full production gets underway."

Microsoft claims that the layoffs at Lionhead will amount to less than 10 percent of the team's total workforce. It added that it plans to actually add 100 new positions in its internal game studios between now and June 2013. In September, Microsoft announced plans to launch a new, and as yet unnamed, game development team in London that will make games targeted for Windows 8-based devices.

Earlier this year, Lionhead's co-founder Peter Molyneux announced his departure from the studio to form a new indie game development company called 22 Cans. So far, Microsoft has not revealed what Lionhead is working on for its next project.

Source: Gamesindustry.biz | Image via Microsoft

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