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Moving on to better things, eh Molyneux?
Peter Molyneux is leaving Lionhead/Microsoft

Peter Molyneux, a gaming pioneer whose legacy won him the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s GDC, is leaving Microsoft and Lionhead Studios for a new game developer- 22 Cans.

Molyneux will be departing his position as the leader of Lionhead (which he himself founded) and as the creative head of Microsoft Studios Europe, which oversaw development at Lionhead and Rare, among other companies.

Microsoft gave him quite the sendoff quote, saying,

“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.”

He’s also responsible for making Black & White, and making numerous overly enthusiastic and ultimately exaggerated claims of how amazing and revolutionary his games would be. You can tell by the way he talks about video games that they are his paramount passion.

“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.”

“It is with mixed emotions that I made the decision to leave […] at the conclusion of development of Fable: The Journey.”

Molyneux is currently working as a creative consultant for said Kinect-enabled game, which will be releasing sometime later this year. What his position will be at 22 Cans, and what kind of games they will be making is still unknown.

My take: I’ll just leave you with one of The Five Greatest Peter Molyneux Quotes provided by NowGamer:

When quizzed at GDC ’09 about the watered down sexual undertones in Fable games, presumably by an American journalist, Molyneux responded in a way that sums up the man in a nutshell. He’s a bit of a dreamer who’s not afraid to speak his mind and he most certainly has a lot of guts. The below retort is possibly Molyneux’s greatest quote to date,

“It’s you Americans. There’s something about nipples you hate. If this were Germany, we’d be romping around naked on the stage here.”

 

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