Peter Molyneux Departs Lionhead and Microsoft Game Studios
Written Wednesday, March 07, 2012 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Fifteen years since first founding Lionhead Studios, Peter Molyneux has today announced that he's leaving his development team and his role as Creative Director at Microsoft Studios Europe. He will however, continue to oversee the development of Fable: The Journey as Creative Consultant, while joining new Guildford-based venture, 22 Cans, according to a tweet.
"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 said in a statement issued to VG247. "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. 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 followed up with its own statement regarding Molyneux's departure, having the following to say: "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 a 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."
Molyneux will be helping to finish up Fable: The Journey, which is coming to Xbox 360 and Kinect on September 7th, 2012.