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GDC 2012: Peter Molyneux Leaves Lionhead

Posted on March 7, 2012 AT 07:34am

THE BUZZ: Peter Molyneux has left Microsoft and Lionhead Studios.

“I have left the lovely amazing Microsoft and Lionhead. Now for something really amazing, scary and brave, a new company called 22 Cans,” the Fable, Syndicate and Black and White creator announced on Twitter.

In a statement made to Kotaku Molyneux revealed that he will serve as Creative Consultant until Fable: The Journey is compete.

“It is with mixed emotions that I made the decision to leave Microsoft and Lionhead Studios, the company that I co-founded in 1997,” 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. 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 of Molyneux’s departure: ”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.”

EGM’s TAKE: It takes a brave man to up and leave the company he co-founded to go and create a new one. The question is, what will this mean for the Fable franchise? Will it continue on as if nothing has changed or will something be different without Molyneux? With rumors of Fable 4 circulating for a 2013 release, we’ll soon find out. We wish Peter all the best with his new company and want to thank him for all the glorious gaming moments that he’s gave us over the years with Lionhead.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
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