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Peter Molyneux has left Lionhead to join a start-up

3/7/12 2:00pm

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:

"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… 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."

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.

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