Lionhead’s #1 Revolutionary is Joan of Arc


Finishing up Lionhead Studio’s teaser countdown to Wednesday’s press event is famous French warrior Joan of Arc.

I can honestly say I didn’t see this one coming. Peter Molyneux’s countdown started last Thursday with Che Guevara, and finishes today with Joan of Arc. Her quote: “I am not afraid… I was born to do this.”

So, that makes the list (in order): Che Guevara, Maximilien Robespierre, Abraham Lincoln, Aristotle, Emma Goldman, and Joan of Arc. I have to admit, it looks like my initial thoughts – that more than just acknowledging revolutions in history, the list was giving the nod to famous revolutionaries – weren’t entirely on the money. Guevara, Robespierre, Goldman and d’Arc would fit that bill, but the other two, not so much.

The presence of Aristotle (founder of Western philosophy) and Joan d’Arc (first prominent female warrior as well as a rebel against the English rule of France) would seem to suggest that beyond mere revolutionaries, the list is meant to celebrate world-shakers, the people who change paradigms. But the odd one out here would then be Honest Abe. While considered by many to have been a great President in his own right, Lincoln suppressed a revolution instead of inciting one.

In fact, historical badass or no, the more I think about it the more Lincoln seems out of place on this list. How does he fit with the others, the “world-shakers”? Lincoln did precisely the opposite – he (mostly) preserved the status quo.

Either way, we’ll find out tomorrow what Peter Molyneux has in store, and how exactly it ties into the list we’ve seen over the past few days.

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