Okay, we know that Molyneux has been hyping his games to the death, but it’s really sad to see Lionhead’s co-founder leaving the company that he has created. As the big K revealed a couple of minutes ago, Peter Molyneux will be leaving Lionhead Studios after Fable: The Journey gets finished. Ironically, this very same thing happened with Bullfrog, the first company that Molyneux created. Bullfrog was bought by EA back in the days and after a while, Molyneux left it in order to create Lionhead Studios. It remains to be seen whether history will repeat itself, with Lionhead closing and Molyneux creating a new gaming studio.
As Molyneux said:
“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.“
Truth be told, Lionhead Studios has been going downhill these past years. Milo & Kate was an awful Kinect project, Fable: Heroes is kind of meh and there is no indication for a new Black & White title. To put it simple, Lionhead Studios lost their magic and that’s perhaps something that Molyneux has noticed over the last couple of years.
Molyneux added that he’s really proud of all his previous games and the people he’s worked with:
“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.”
Let’s just hope that Molyneux will bring something new and interesting to the table and not some gimmick and casual games like those that Lionhead has been producing these past years!