Peter Molyneux has left the building, gone indie

Peter Molyneux shocked the gaming world this week with the news that he was leaving Lionhead Studios and returning to independent development. Molyneux co-founded the Fable developer alongside Mark Webley back in 1997, initially as an independent studio, which later sold to Microsoft. The team created Black & White and The Movies alongside the three major Fable releases.

Peter Molyneux

Peter Molyneux

Molyneux himself though, has been in the industry a lot longer: His game development started back in 1984, and shows no signs of stopping after two and a half decades. The man created Populous, Theme Park and recently rebooted Syndicate while working at Bullfrog Productions, which he founded in 1987 and sold to EA in 1995.

Now though, it seems he’s taking a step out of the spotlight – but not necessarily heading backwards. His new home: 22 Cans, where he will reunite with long-time Lionhead colleague Tim Rance.

It’s not the end of the line for Fable either, with both Fable: The Journey and Fable Heroes revealed last week. Molyneux’s connection – if any – to Heroes has not been announced, but he’ll be sticking around Microsoft for a while longer, acting as a consultant on Journey.

In the wake of the decision, Lionhead will be shuffled a little, with co-founder Mark Webley stepping up to take on head honcho responsibilities, but the position of Creative Head at Microsoft Studios Europe is apparently still open.

Anyone upset over Molyneux’s departure needs to look no further than his Twitter feed for reassurance. Since making his big announcement earlier this week, Molyneux has been bursting with enthusiasm over getting back into coding and programming, as he steps out on “something really amazing, scary and brave” with startup 22 Cans.

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