Veteran games designer Peter Molyneux has announced that he will leave studio Lionhead after the completion of current project, Fable: The Journey.
Molyneux has also decided to quit his job as creative director of Microsoft Games Studios Europe.
“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”, said Molyneux.
“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.”
A message on Molyneux’s Twitter account reads simply, “I have left the lovely amazing Microsoft and lionhead. Now for something really amazing, scary and brave a new company called 22 Cans.”
No further details on Molyneux’s new studio were offered.
Awarded an OBE in 2005, Molyneux has been one of the key figures in games development for over two decades. He formed Lionhead in 1997 after leaving Bullfrog, following its purchase by EA. Lionhead was purchased by Microsoft in 2006.
So now what will become of Lionhead and the Fable franchise? According to Kotaku, the studio’s co-founder Mark Webley will be running the show.