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Peter Molyneux leaves Lionhead

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It seems one of Lionhead’s big surprises was more than a website redesign – and it’s a sad one. Peter Molyneux, the developer, visionary and hypemaster we all love to poke fun at has announced he’s leaving the company he helped found.

"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.," Molyneux said in a statement 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."

While his games have always smacked of over-ambition, he is indeed a creative genius – being the guy responsible for Fable, Black and White and Populous. Maybe now that he’s left Lionhead , along with Microsoft where he’s currently the creative head of Microsoft Studios Europe, he’ll be able to flex his creative muscle again – this time under a new venture.

“Now for something really amazing, scary and brave a new company called 22 Cans,” Molyneux tweeted.

Personally? I suspect he’s probably grown a bit tired of always having to push Kinect – and this move allows him to experiment with new ideas again.

Last Updated: March 7, 2012

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