Today Peter Molyneux, co-founder of Lionhead Studios and the creative visionary for Populous, Black & White and the Fable series, has announced that he is leaving Microsoft and Lionhead to join 22 Cans.
“I have left the lovely amazing Microsoft and Lionhead. Now for something really amazing, scary and brave a new company called 22 Cans,” Molyneux tweeted this morning.
“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,” he later told Kotaku.
This news comes on the heals of Microsoft’s just announced Fable Heroes title, which is seemingly not being led by Molyneux. As he mentioned to Kotaku, Molyneux will finish up development on the Kinect enabled Fable: The Journey, but that will be the last title he works on as a member of Lionhead Studios.
Change is a good thing, and I think that by joining 22 Cans Molyneux will be able to start work on some new, creative I.P.s and not be stuck making sequels. Of course, the big question is what becomes of Lionhead Studios now that its creative visionary has left. Only time will tell.