Lionhead has officially announced that the beta for its upcoming free-to-play RPG Fable Legends is being pushed back until next year.
In a post on the game's official website, the studio said that this push back is to ensure a higher quality for the title.
The beta was initially set for a Q4 2015 release but the developer has revealed this will take place in spring 2016.
Fable Legends was announced in August 2013. In January of this year it was revealed that the title would be launching on both PC and Xbox One at the same time. The game can also be played across Windows 10 and Xbox Oneas a part of Microsoft's new cross play functionality.
In February, Microsoft revealed that Fable Legends would be free-to-play.
"Fable Legends is coming together well and it's a lot of fun," the firm said on its website.
"But we think that we can make it even better. So we've decided to extend our closed beta to continue to listen to feedback from our players and add features and polish that will make a real difference. This means Fable Legends won't release into open beta this holiday as previously announced. We realise this may be disappointing for those of you not currently playing, so we wanted to tell you why.
"To be honest, we didn't anticipate just how big Fable Legends is becoming. It's simply the most ambitious game we've ever created at Lionhead. We've built a unique and innovative multiplayer experience combining RPG and RTS gameplay which allows you to play, and use your gear seamlessly, across Xbox One and Windows 10. On top of this, we've built a beautiful new world full of grand stories and adventures. And it's taking more time than we though."