Well known game developer Peter Molyneux is leaving Lionhead Studios, which he founded 15 years ago in 1997, and is also walking away from his position as Creative Director of Microsoft Game Studios, Europe. He plans to walk away from both companies as soon as Fable: The Journey for the Kinect is finished in order to found a new company called 22 Cans.
"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," Molyneux said in a statement to Kotaku. "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."
Every indication is that this is a peaceful split between Molyneux and both Lionhead Studios and Microsoft, and we'd have been shocked if it wasn't. Molyneux is one of the 'good guys,' so to speak, and has been making (or involved in the making of) popular games seemingly since the beginning of time, including Populous from way back in 1989.