Peter Molyneux Quits Lionhead, Microsoft

After a 15 year tenure that included the development of the Fable series of games, Peter Molyneux has announced his depature from Microsoft imprint Lionhead studios in order to join 22 Cans, an as-yet unspecified startup based in Guildford, England. Molyneux will remain a creative consultant on the upcoming Fable: The Journey, a new installment of Fable intended for use on Kinect.

The news comes as something of a shock, considering that only days ago Molyneux was showing off Fable: The Journey to a room full of journalists and complaining about controllers as a way of bossting Kinect. In a statement to VG 24/7, Molyneux only spoke about the decision in broad terms. “It is with mixed emotions that I made the decision to leave Microsoft and Lionhead Studios,” he said. “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.”

Microsoft’s reaction is equally vague. Noting the breadth of Molyneux’s career, they added “While his decision was a difficult one, he felt the time was right to pursue a new independent venture… He has made an indelible mark on the games industry and we wish him all the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

This certainly spell the end of the Fable series as we know it. Molyneux will not be taking the rights to the franchise with him, and there is no word on what, precisely, 22 Cans does. Their slogan, “A great team with a great idea leads to a great success.” is worthy af attribution to Jebediah Springfield, and their threadbare website contains only a that slogan, a link to the company’s (barebones) Facebook page, and an email address for job inquiries. While we wait to see what happens next, let’s pause for a moment and consider the legacy of the man who inspired the greatest fake twitter account of all time.

after showing off Fable: The Journey!/petermolydeux

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4 Comments on Peter Molyneux Quits Lionhead, Microsoft


On March 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

If Gabe quits next. The gaming industry is seriously falling apart.


On March 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

now fianally fable can go back to being good


On March 8, 2012 at 2:02 am

@Bob, How was it ever bad? PM founded Lionhead and he was doing Fable conceptualization and design from the start.


On March 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

It’s definitely good for him. Since being purchased by Microsoft he hasn’t really had the creative freedom to try new things, only work on Fable sequels because Microsoft knows those sell. (Well, used to anyway)

By cutting ties we Microsoft and regaining creative freedom he’ll be able to get back to designing original, innovative games instead instead of just rehashing old ideas to turn a quick buck for “the man”.

We need more populous, magic carpet, dungeon keeper, black and white and Fable 1s in the video game industry right now, not more Fable 3s.