Peter Molyneux has left Lionhead to join a start-up
Breaking news from Kotaku this morning points to Peter Molyneux departing the studio he cofounded for something new. The innovator has been the brains behind such great titles as Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper, Populous, Black & White, Fable, and list keeps going. Point being, Mr. Molyneux has made a few video games in his life and hopes to continue making more. Here is his official statement:
He later revealed on Twitter that he would be joining the studio 22 Cans. For Molyneux this is a case of history repeating itself. He built Bullfrog up and sold it to EA; he built Lionhead and sold it to Microsoft. He will also work as a consultant on Fable: The Journey until its release. I am sure his time with 22 Cans will create something unique, full of promise and big dreams.
If I was Lionhead, I would make a new fable just after Fable 1, and try and pretend the crap peter made never happened.
I cant imagine any company wanting this guy working for them. fucking jester.
About god dam time he left, now finaly if they continue with the fable series it can be properly directed by someone who isnt a nut job who acts like he steve frekin jobs
Maybe now I can join in on these "Maybe now" jokes.
I've met Dene Carter who was one of the Lead Designers for Fable and Fable 2 and I asked him what it was like working with Peter. He said it was trying to get to the very core of the ideas he wanted to put into the game and then Dene would have to figure out how many man hours it would take to do it. The long and the short of it is that Peter is TOO smart and can get to the essence of what he wants to do in a reasonable amount of time in the development cycle. He never (ironically) saw things in black and white, but many shades of grey. Perhaps now some up and coming guy within Lionhead can take the reigns and do right by the franchise with the ambitious plans Peter originally wanted.
Never played Fable 3. I found the entire series to be charming, yet utterly pedestrian in design, though.
Maybe now they won't over simplify Fable.
You might be right for the first 2 but Fable 3 without a doubt sucked.
The Fable games don't suck. The problem was that Molyneux promised the world and delivered only a small suburb.
So maybe Lionhead can now create a Fable game that doesn't suck? Mite b cool.
Maybe now they wont make another Kinect based Fable game...
As much as the guy annoys me, I'm intrigued to see what he'll do next.
Now go and make Dungeon Keeper 3!!!!
I just hope Microsoft doesn't fuck up Lionhead Studios like it did with Rare...