On Monday, Sony will hold an event in Guildford to help recruit affected Lionhead employees after the closure of their studio.
Good guy sony.
Nice to see Sony wants to get some of the talented developers at Lionhead. Fable Legends may have been a troubled game but I'm sure the folks at the studio are capable of creating and helping develop some great games
They'd be a good fit in Guerrilla Cambridge and they're close.
Media Molecule is even closer, and to think that studio was formed by ex Lionhead devs... They might become one again
Sony have always tried to tap into the best talent to support the Playstation brand, their first party studios and support they give them is one of the reasons I trust the playstation to deliver, as it always does
To be fair, I doubt Lionhead ever wanted to make bizarre free-to-play co-op RPG's and on-rails kinect games. They're clearly projects MS wanted them to do. I think they should have been given the chance to redeem themselves with a no nonsense Fable 4 before getting the axe
Nice one on Sony. MS' loss is their gain.
@Kurapika: Touche! Forgot MediaMolecule was made by Ex-Lionhead Devs!
For developers at a top tier studio, they're probably going to be quite capable of getting the job done. Bad games from from mismanagement, bad game design, and poor direction mostly. The game itself worked, so it's pretty obvious they have some talent given the scope of the game. Wish them all the best, and nice to see both Sony and Epic, along with some others which seemed more off the cuff, being pro-active in hiring talented people. Would be a shame for good talent to go to waste.
Super nice thing to do. I wonder if they will be holding job fairs for the other affected studios? Or is this just for Lionhead only?
As usual the PlaySaviour 4 to the rescue!
Good for them, nobody likes to see anybody lose their job.
so instead of adding funding to keep studios like their liverpool team that made wipeout they want to turn this into a pr event?
Wish Sony first party, I feel confident in every generation the games will never runs out even with no third party supports.
Good on Sony they could use the Talent from Ex Lion Head devs. I'm sure they'll make great games for them. Also happy they have jobs again as well.
Yeah, the whole 4v1 didn't pan out. Bioware realized this earl enough. BUT...maybe the assets can be used for Fable 4 or a Fable reboot. Oh wait, MS probably owns the IP right? Damn. But adding these talented people to their own 1st party studios is amazing. Just go grab Peter and give them the green light for the next amazing open world rpg. Remember all the promises that were never kept. Well, now we have the tech to see the dream realized.
Sick bags at the ready. Sony trying to help suggests that ms are not trying to relocat emp-loyees, thats clearly wrong as we've been told they are actively seeks placements for all staff.... funny how that little tid bit gets forgotten.
whoa, Sony's own Fable incoming? Good Guy Sony, btw.
Imagine the new studio Titel: LionsTail :O
Microsoft owns the Fable rights.
@dewitt: I know, I mean a game similar to Fable. Fable the lost chapter is the first game I bought with my own salary, the title means a lot to me.
I hope not Fable has never been that good
Why would Sony need a Fable game? I mean even xbox fans didn't like most of those games enough to buy them, if they did MS would have more trust and patience for Lionhead and they wouldn't close them wouldn't they? Good on Sony for offering them a job. Now I'm not sure how many old veterans were there to begin with (the devs that made Fable 1 and 2)but they would make a nice addition to Media Molecule.
Something to keep in mind, Media Molecule in Guildford are mainly made up of ex-Lionhead employees.
Ms did the same when Sony Santa Monica had massive layoffs http://fraghero.com/microso...
Good On Sony. Though devs switch bases all the time. 1st party 3rd party, the link you provided etc.
layoffs doesn't mean studio closure.. layoffs is for trimming, you keep only the best. Studio closure everyone is out.
Super good guy Sony
Why dont you people please STOP IT!!! MS did the same thing when Sony Santa Monica laid people off. This fan rhetoric is disgusting. http://fraghero.com/microso...
Huge mistake by Microsoft. Sony us basically going to extract every bit of talent from these guys, something Microsoft did not focus on very much at all. Remember Milo?
Typical Sony,exploiting unfortunate recent events for a pr advantage.
Can you not just be happy that people will have a job moving forward?
Haha. This has nothing about being a "good guy". They are trying to recruit great people to help their business
Sony with kojima, and lionhead, just comeon in theres plenty of room! :D <3 playstation has great kind people. I admire them
Good one Sony.
people helping people.. it's powerful stuff.
Who could disagree with that?
Dogs. 20% of N4G's user base is canine.
I'm glad Sony is helping them.
Its always good when companies within the industry step up and help others in need of work
Usual behavior from Sony. They are just awesome. But bad that the Fable IP will remain at Microsoft even if they will never use it again.
it's bad that a MS IP stays with MS?
Well, whats the point of holding an IP but not using it. It can be of course that they will use it but the too many examples of companies that are not using their IP's makes it hard to believe. Remember how many great IP's slumber since many years due to the incompetence of companies like Sega, Konami,Capcom, Square-Enix, Warner Bros and a good couple more.
@Hoffmann - oh of course, but MS helped create the Fable legacy to what it is. Not really fair that you would just suddenly demand it to go to a competitor. I am sure we will see Fable again someday..
@Hoffman, like when Sega held on to Shenmue and refused to sell it? It's their IP and they can whatever they want to do with it, period. That's like someone telling you that you have to sell your Atari since you don't play with it anymore.
Oh that's nice of them. A Year Later "Tigerhead Studios presents Fabled Tales, a massive RPG game" XD "please come along for a drink and a chat" I don't know why but I thought of Cartman in South Park telling the guys to write Punch and Pie. Wonder if the same happened here :D
This made me remember that the Canadian Government has never officially apologized for Bryan Adams.
Can I finish!!! Can I finish!!! ....... I'm finished
Sony's going to melt their icy hearts with a cool island song.
Doubt they could use fable in the name....however, a good synonym for fable is "Folklore"..... Hint hint Sony. :)
Then the expansion Folklore: Legends ;)
lol. I'd be cool with anything Folklore either way...although not sure I'd be too into a FL type game. A Folklore game that plays like Fable though would be quite awesome. The world is just amazing, but only a small part of it was shown in the original. I'd imagine a lot of people would be into a darker, more gothic style of Fable.
I think it would be awesome if Sony did it and made sure the game was like Fable but included all the promises Peter Molyneux made over the years. Not to mention make it huge in terms of map size as Fable always featured small hubs with a loading screen to the next one. Basically make it what Fable should have evolved into.
Enjoyed Folklore, underrated in my opinion
I've avoided commenting since the new bubbles...... Folklore was a game I really enjoyed and a game I thought I would never like. Japan Studio right? If I'm wrong I don't care, I'm not checking. Either way I'm going to pump Japan Studios tires. On topic, as a major gaming company, it would be crazy to not try to hire some very talented people that were cut from an unfortunate business decision. If these devs were working on tracking tech/software for Kinect, I would assume there would be a few people who could be useful for the Move and PSVR tech? It would be a godsend opportunity for anyone who was laid off suddenly.
That's nice of them. :)
This is just trolling to the next level :)
wow this is really really nice
I do like seeing the industry looking out for their own when things like this happen.
Sony; "Hey our 1st party studios flourish over here!"
"also we give great back massages"
Good. I hope all affected employees find employment soon.
Maybe them guys can show Microsoft what they can do, if you give them freedom and a lot of support. Sony did that to Naughty Dog and look what happened. You have to give a proper care to things that produced a golden egg.
They already did, Media Molecule was made by people from Lionhead.
Nice Sony, class act!
To be honest, why wouldn't they do this?