Mar 7, 2012

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Fable Designer Peter Molyneux Leaves Lionhead Studios

Fable Designer Peter Molyneux Leaves Lionhead Studios

Peter Molyneux announced earlier today, via Twitter, that he has left both Microsoft and the company he co-founded, Lionhead Studios. Molyneux said, “I have left the lovely amazing Microsoft and Lionhead. Now for something really amazing, scary and brave a new company called 22 Cans.” Molyneux later told Kotaku that he would be leaving the company once the development of the upcoming Kinect title Fable: The Journey has completed.

Peter Molyneux co-founded Lionhead Studios in 1997 and his company was acquired by Microsoft in 2006. Beginning as a breakaway from the developer Bullfrog, Lionhead released their first game Black & White in 2001. After an expansion pack to Black & White, Lionhead released the Xbox hit Fable. Following the success of Fable, The Movies was released as well as a sequel to Black & White. Upon being acquired by Microsoft, Molyneux and Lionhead Studios released Fable II and Fable III and are currently working on two spinoffs to the Fable franchise.

Molyneux gained notoriety through his emphatic enthusiasm as well as his excessive hyping over his upcoming titles. Many consumers cried foul when many of Molyneux’ announced features didn’t make their way into his titles or were changed during development. Titles like Black and White 2 as well as Fable had many major features missing or changed in their final product which resulted in Molyneux making a rule to not talk about game mechanics unless he could show them in-game. Though he’s often been made fun of due to his overambitious claims, Molyneux has won multiple awards through his time with Lionhead including multiple BAFTA Awards and has been inducted into the AIAS “Hall of Fame.”

22 Cans is a company founded by Tim Rance, another ex-Lionhead employee. Rance was the company’s Chief Technical Officer and helped develop titles such as Populous, Black & White, as well as the Fable games.

[Source: Siliconera]