It's the end of an era: Video game visionary and all around awesome guy Peter Molyneux announced today that he is leaving his role as the head of development house Lionhead Studio, and also walking away from his role as creative director of Microsoft Studios Europe.
“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.
“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.”
Molyneux is leaving to form a company with Lionhead’s former chief technical officer Tim Rance. Be on the lookout for 22 Cans. We don't know what Molyneux will be up to at his new company, but we'll keep you appraised as it develops.
Molyneux has been making games since the mid 1980s, creating seminal titles like Populous, Syndicate, Fable, Black & White. We have previews of Lionhead's most recent two games. Check out our Fable The Journey preview, and ourFable: Heroes preview.