Peter Molyneux has announced to Kotaku
that he is to part company with Lionhead once their current project (Fable: The Journey
) is completed. He will also step down from his role as Creative Director at Microsoft Studios.
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.
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.
Molyneux will not be disappearing into the ether however, he has stated via Twitter
that his plan is to start a new company dubbed 22 Cans. Details on the next venture are under wraps at the moment, and he has declined to offer any further details to the media. It's unlikely to be a run of the mill outing for a man noted for his ambitions, and we'll hopefully be reporting more on this venture should it remain pertinent to the Xbox or the Xbox LIVE platform.