As a British site, we always find it extra sad when UK studios close their doors – especially if they have a long and storied lineage like Studio Liverpool or Bizarre Creations. The closure of Lionhead this week, then, proved particularly depressing news – even more so seeing as the Guildford-based outfit was presumably close to completing free-to-play spin-off Fable Legends.
But while the loss of a seasoned developer is always sad, thoughts must be spared for those who suddenly find themselves out of work. And fortunately, Sony is moving to relocate those axed Lionhead employees, announcing a recruitment event to be held in Guildford on Monday. "There'll be people there from all of our SCEE studios if you'd like to a book a time for a chat on the day," it wrote on Twitter.
The PlayStation maker has a particularly large footprint in the UK, with the likes of London Studio, Media Molecule, Guerrilla Cambridge, Evolution Studios, XDev Europe, and the all-new North West Studio hiring regularly. Hopefully many of those let go earlier in the week find gainful employment within the PlayStation family soon – or at least secure work elsewhere.