Microsoft: Rare, Lionhead Safe After Closures

By Blake Ellison, Sep 26, 2008 2:11pm PDT Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Game Studios, wants to allay fears surrounding the fates of subsidiary studios Rare and Lionhead after the publisher closed Ensemble Studios, Shadowrun developer FASA, and UNO maker Carbonated Games.

Speaking to GamesIndustry, Spencer remarked that "the work that those studios are doing [is] incredibly important to [Microsoft]." He offered additional praise for Rare, perhaps in response to recent criticism of the studio. "What studio on the planet signs up for two launch games? That's just crazy," he commented.

As for Lionhead, its Xbox 360 exclusive Fable 2 just went gold, potentially leaving the studio's future in the air. "The next Lionhead game is definitely [a Microsoft Game Studios] game," Spencer promised.

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