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.