Peter Molyneux is one of the biggest names in the gaming industry, his often bold promises, boyish nature and genuine enthusiasm making him an extremely likable and fun character. Sure, he often made promises that ultimately weren’t kept, and often ended up apologising for his exaggerations, but he and his studio, Lionhead, have been a massive influence in the gaming industry and are responsible for such awesome titles as Black & White, not to mention the world-famous Fable series.
The simple truth isn’t that Peter Monlyneux was attempting to deliberately over-exaggerate the games he and Lionhead made. He would come out and happily delve into the development of Lionheads latest game and start talking enthusiastically about features that were still in testing and that were hoping to implement. He’d get so in to his interviews and chatting about these features that many people just made the assumption that the features would definitely be in the final product, when the reality was that they often weren’t because Lionhead couldn’t find a way to make them work. And so it became a common, and amusing, occurrence for Peter to have to apologise for features that never made it into the final release. This optimistic attitude has won him as many haters as fans.
But now, in a statement to Kotaku, Peter Molyneux is seemingly set to leave the studio he founded back in 1997 after he finishes working on Fable Kinect.
“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’ll also be leaving his position as creative head of Microsoft Studios Europe, according to Kotaku.
“I remain extremely passionate and proud of the people, products and experiences that we created,” Molyneux said, “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.”
At this moment in time it’s not known what Peter Molyneux’s next project will be, but you can be certain that when he starts talking about it the world will once again be caught up in the web of his enthusiasm, including myself.