Peter Molyneux Leaving Microsoft, Lionhead Studios


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Peter Molyneux, creator of Populous, Black and White, and Fable, has announced he will be leaving Microsoft for new ventures.

Kotaku reports that Molyneux announced his departure this morning. He will be with Lionhead Studios as a creative consultant for the currently in development Fable: The Journey for Kinect. In a statement to Kotaku, Molyneux said, "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."

What will Molyneux be working on once he leaves his position as creative head of Microsoft Studios Europe? His Twitter feed reveals that he'll be working for a new indie studio called 22 Cans.

Microsoft issued a statement to Kotaku as well regarding the departure of Molyneux:

"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."

Molyneux's impact on the gaming industry can not be understated. While Fable may not have been as ambitious as he previously claimed, gamers were enraptured when he made those first bold claims about the future of interactive entertainment and storytelling. Outside of games, he was a master storyteller that could sell you on his games based solely on his voice and vocabulary.

Here's the speech Molyneux gave at the 2011 BAFTA awards:

Fans and game industry peers took to Twitter to wish him well:

We here at WebProNews wish Peter Molyneux the best on his new venture. We can't wait to see what he does next.