Published on Mar 7, 2012
Fable creator, Kinect pioneer and Microsoft creative guru Peter Molyneux has announced he is to stand down from Microsoft and the MS-owned studio that he formed, Lionhead, upon completion of Fable: The Journey.
“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 wrote in a statement.”I remain extremely passionate and proud of the people, products and experiences that we created from Black and 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.”
Microsoft said via a statement that Molyneux had “made an indelible mark on the games industry.”"Lionhead Studios Founder and pioneer game developer Peter Molyneux has made the decision to leave Microsoft. While his decision was a difficult one, he felt the time was right to pursue a new independent venture. 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.”He has made an indelible mark on the games industry and we wish him all the best of luck in his future endeavors. Lionhead Co-Founder mark Webley will assume the role of studio manager, while Peter will remain a Creative Consultant on “Fable: The Journey. The development of “Fable: The Journey” remains on track to be one of the year’s most anticipated Kinect for Xbox 360 titles.”Molyneux’s next venture will be a studio called 22 Cans.”Now for something really amazing, scary and brave a new company called 22 Cans,” Molyneux tweeted.22 Cans, is like Lionhead “a Guilford based business” and was established by former Lionhead CTO Tim Rance after he left the developer in January, according to MCV.