Peter Molyneux Leaves Lionhead

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Peter Molyneux Leaves Lionhead

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Fable creator Peter Molyneux is leaving Lionhead.

There are only a handful of videogame designers in the world who are recognizable names, and of that small list there are few who are better known or inspire more conversation than Peter Molyneux. He founded Bullfrog Productions, which gave the world Populous, Syndicate, Magic Carpet, Dungeon Keeper and more, and then Lionhead Studios, responsible for the long-running Black & White and Fable franchises. And now, 15 years later, he's moving on.

"It is with mixed emotions that I made the decision to leave Microsoft and Lionhead Studios, the company that I co-founded in 1997, at the conclusion of development of Fable: The Journey," Molyneux told Kotaku. "I remain extremely passionate and proud of the people, products and experiences that we created, from Black & White to Fable to our pioneering work with Milo and Kate for the Kinect platform. However, I felt the time was right to pursue a new independent venture. I'd like to thank the team at Lionhead, as well as our partners at Microsoft Studios for their support, dedication and incredible work over the years."

Following the announcement, Microsoft issued a statement indicating that the split was amicable, if not entirely welcome. "As co-founder of Lionhead and an integral part of Microsoft Studios, Peter was the creative visionary behind the blockbuster Fable franchise, and one of our most passionate and influential developers for the Xbox 360 platform," the company said. "He has made an indelible mark on the games industry and we wish him all the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Molyneux will continue to work on the new Fable title, Fable: The Journey, as a creative consultant, but according to MCV his name will now be on a door at 22 Cans, a new venture launched in January by former Lionhead Chief Technical Officer Tim Rance. What the boys plan to get up to hasn't been revealed, but it's a safe bet that videogames will somehow be involved.

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Wow...

Well, if anyone can build a new world, it's Molyneux. Even if it's just castles in the sky, they're going to be beautiful - if slightly...wonky.

22 Cans.

The best damn 22 cans in the world.

Woah, didn't see this coming.

And just when I was getting interested in his newer ideas that aren't fable. Oh well...

Let's hope he's not rusty after spending too long shackled up in MS' dungeon.

Oh and another Dungeon Keeper game would be nice if you please.

Cue Dungeon Keeper 3 speculation in 3 ... 2 ...

OT: This is pretty good news. Now that Peter has branched out we will again be treated to his very, erm, 'special' brand of genius.

Who knows. This might just mean we get a fable game that actually lives up to the developer hype, and might actually maintain decent gameplay rather then throwing the crap out for another decent gimmick

Oh wait, Fable The Journey hasn't been cancelled.

So.... Dungeon keeper 3? Black and white 3? :3

Well this was probably the only way he could wrest himself out of Fable muck so I welcome it. Good going Peter. Now make a good game, OK?

One wonders if this is a response to Microsoft demanding multiple Fable spin-off titles, such as Fable The Journey and Fable Heroes. I would like to THINK that was the reason, Molyneux sees himself as a revolutionary after all and I can't see him milking a franchise as much as Lionhead seems to be doing with Fable of late.

Speculation and nothing more. But the idea that he is leaving Lionhead, a company he co-created AND Microsoft as well... just sounds a little curious.

Wow, that's surprising. I get the feeling he got tired of being forced to be the only guy visionary enough to make the Kinect worthwhile (besides Tim Schafer) and therefore being forced to work on nothing but the Kinect.
Looking forward to the next game in the Molyneux genre!

Andy Chalk:
Molyneux will continue to work on the new Fable title, Fable: The Journey, as a creative consultant, but according to MCV his name will now be on a door at 22 Cans, a new venture launched in January by former Lionhead Chief Technical Officer Tim Rance. What the boys plan to get up to hasn't been revealed, but it's a safe bet that videogames will somehow be involved.

That strikes me as a way of saying "yeah, I'm going to try and make a harem of female gamers."

The Gentleman:

Andy Chalk:
Molyneux will continue to work on the new Fable title, Fable: The Journey, as a creative consultant, but according to MCV his name will now be on a door at 22 Cans, a new venture launched in January by former Lionhead Chief Technical Officer Tim Rance. What the boys plan to get up to hasn't been revealed, but it's a safe bet that videogames will somehow be involved.

That strikes me as a way of saying "yeah, I'm going to try and make a harem of female gamers."

...Clearly. I mean, who could not take that from this article?

As I enjoyed most of his games, (haven't played them all, but the ones I did, I likes), I wish him the best of luck, and I'm, looking forward to see what he'll make without Microsoft looking over his shoulder the whole time. Now, my question is, does this mean he'll go multi-platform? Will there be PS3 games from him? I hope so, as I don't own a 360...

So can we start filming what happens in his new work and call it The Office: Peter Molyneux as that what I always imagined it would be like with all his grand ideas that never quite work out.

OhJohnNo:

The Gentleman:

Andy Chalk:
Molyneux will continue to work on the new Fable title, Fable: The Journey, as a creative consultant, but according to MCV his name will now be on a door at 22 Cans, a new venture launched in January by former Lionhead Chief Technical Officer Tim Rance. What the boys plan to get up to hasn't been revealed, but it's a safe bet that videogames will somehow be involved.

That strikes me as a way of saying "yeah, I'm going to try and make a harem of female gamers."

...Clearly. I mean, who could not take that from this article?

wow, in one bold move you two have just predicted the future of gaming, tip of the hat to you, tip of the hat!

OT, bye Peter, next time you come up with a genius idea, try and keep it going for more than one game, instead of the watered down sequels that we've had to endure from Lionhead.

Seems like just yesterday that Peter was ranting about how ace it was to be with Microsoft and he had huge visions for their future.

Ah well, I look forward to seeing the differences between what he says and what he does at 22 Cans. I also look forward to seeing how Lionhead perform going forward.

Surely Peter Molyneux' resignation will revolutionize the way people resign for ever. Using brand new technology to push the envelope of resignations to the furthest it's ever been, the way only Peter can.

You guys are thinking too small with your Black and White 3 and Dungeon Keeper 3.

What we want is- The Black & White Dungeon Keeper Populous 8
That would be awesome!

Sure didn't see that coming.

....So Black & White 3, yes?

Also, a lot of big names leaving companies as of late, rather weird.

There goes all my enthusiasm for working at Lionhead in my samwich year...

Not a huge loss, hasnt made anything truly great in 15 years. I sometimes wonder if the limits of earlier computers was what made him shine. But now he has freedom to do almost anything with today technology he tries to hard to add everything instead of making a solid game and adding stuff if there is time. He talks big ideas but never follows through.

Maybe he will stick to smaller games that will be limited but awesome.

FINALLY! molyneux will be able to bring us his totally brilliant games without microsoft and the losers at lionhead ruining everything and watering it all down

This id unexpected. I wonder how much this will change the development of Fable 4.

*Ahem*

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...

Seriously, where will i get my hilarious overexaggerations for the fable games now?

SonOfVoorhees:
Not a huge loss, hasnt made anything truly great in 15 years. I sometimes wonder if the limits of earlier computers was what made him shine. But now he has freedom to do almost anything with today technology he tries to hard to add everything instead of making a solid game and adding stuff if there is time. He talks big ideas but never follows through.

Maybe he will stick to smaller games that will be limited but awesome.

Couldn't agree more. Dungeon Keeper was the last game from Molyneux that I actually enjoyed. He has some fun ideas, but I never get the impression he's a particularly good game developer these days.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Wow...

Well, if anyone can build a new world, it's Molyneux. Even if it's just castles in the sky, they're going to be beautiful - if slightly...wonky.

Unfortunately, he's already promised the new franchise will be bigger than a million Superbowls.

Well Im thinking this would likely be the best thing that happened to the fable franchise.

Not that Molyneaux actually hurt the series but because people refused to take it seriously because they could not look beyond his hypemongering.

Without molyneaux to rant and rail on how ever will persnickety fanboys be able to focus their nerdrage and hatred toward the series?

dogstile:
*Ahem*

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...

Seriously, where will i get my hilarious overexaggerations for the fable games now?

Fable 4 will offer a unique gameplay experience like no other. The engine has been redesigned from the ground up, and anything you can possibly imagine can be done in the game. Want to marry an octopus? You can do it. Want to sneak into the King's house and dress him up as Madonna? Go for it! Want to Resurrect Jimi Hendrix and grow him to monstrous proportions so he can have an epic battle Rap with Tupac Shakur? It's in there!

The next Fable will incorporate new technology that literally maps your brain, not only allowing direct controls but tailoring the experience to your expectations!

...No, try as I might, I can't do it. I can make ridiculous promises, but I can't make PETER MOLYNEUX level ridiculous promises.

I feel like this should be bigger news...

Please let it be Magic Carpet 3 please please please!!!

Captcha: stinking rich
I wish
Ohhh it rhymed.

Come OOOOOOONNNNN Dungeon Keeper 3!

Or a re-make of DK1? ... Please?

This is good news. Good luck to him and I hope (and don't doubt) something wonderful will come out of him soon.

Too bad Lionhead has lost it's mane man.

I'm quite saddened by this actually. And it surprised me. I was about to watch the latest ZP and this actually managed to stop me so I could read through and find out what was going on. XD

God knows what Lionhead will do now that they can't make promises to me anymore about how Fable 4 will let me play as my dead cat, Friday. And how it'll stop the annoying boy next door from playing his recorder really badly. And how I can have an entire army of turtles.

While most people either like him or just grow tired of his constant hyping. Peter Molyneux manages to be quite the personality for Microsoft. God knows what they'll do now. :P

We can rebuild him? I can't wait to see what Molyneux gets up to next.

But this is turning into an essay isn't it? Either way. It'll be interesting to see his next move.

My hope is that Molyneux, freed from the need to sequelize his best-known IPs, will get back to making games like he used to. But in order for that to happen, we also have to hope that someone at 22 Cans, presumably the founder, will be able to keep him focused: have an idea, refine the idea, make the idea great and then lock it down and bring it to life. If that happens, this could turn out to be a very big move indeed.

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