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Peter Molyneux leaves Lionhead, Microsoft

Legendary designer exits studio he founded 15 years ago

Peter Molyneux has left Microsoft and Lionhead to form a new studio, he's confirmed.

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Speaking to fans via Twitter, the Fable creator said he now plans to do something "scary and brave" with his new venture.

"I have left the lovely amazing Microsoft and Lionhead," the Fable, Populous, Black & White and Syndicate designer said on Twitter. "Now for something really amazing, scary and brave a new company called 22 Cans."

Speaking to Kotaku, Molyneux said he will continue to serve as a creative consultant on Fable: The Journey.

"It is with mixed emotions that I made the decision to leave Microsoft and Lionhead Studios, the company that I co-founded in 1997," he told the site.

"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. 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."

Microsoft added of Molyneux's departure: "As co-founder of Lionhead and an integral part of Microsoft Studios, Peter was the creative visionary behind the blockbuster Fable franchise, and one of our most passionate and influential developers for the Xbox 360 platform. He has made an indelible mark on the games industry and we wish him all the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Good luck, Peter.

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