announced this morning that Molyneux tweeted
his intention to leave Lionhead Studios and Microsoft for a new game developer, 22 Cans.
Molyneux released a statement to Kotaku
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.
started Lionhead Studios in 1997 and released the game Populous, which is considered the first "god game", in which the player has total control of the game world. He personally oversaw the development of Black & White
, a fantasy god sim that involved creating and raising a creature to be the player's "agent" on Earth that interacted with villagers.
His most famous series, Fable
, became one of the top selling games for the Xbox and PC, and soon after Microsoft bought the company in 2006.
With Molyneux's departure, Lionhead's co-founder, Mark Webley, will now head the company.