Fable – The Journey: Lionhead Rescued By Microsoft
According to Lionhead artist James Duncan, Microsoft saved Lionhead when it acquired the Fable developer in 2006. It was just the right time for Microsoft to buy the company because Lionhead was in dire straits at that time.
A month before the acquisition, Lionhead laid off 50 of its employees. It had also lost support for a Black and White sequel and a console port of the Movies. It was really bad then. The studio realized that it needed a solid and firm direction. The infamous Peter Molyneux was not really to blame. His presence actually played a part in catching the attention of Microsoft.
Molyneux, you see, is a great speaker and motivator. He is the sort to come up with new ideas, keep hopes up even when down and sell a project well enough to land a deal. So, he is actually beneficial to the company. Advertising is really important to any company. One guy who can do the advertising just right should then be considered an integral part of that company. Peter Molyneux was that guy for Lionhead. So, he was able to raise the studio up through the help of Microsoft, of course.
Duncan truly believes that Molyneux was one solid guy even now that he is already working at RedBreast Studios. It is good to know that he can only say good things about Molyneux, Lionhead and Microsoft. As for Fable – The Journey: It is still in the process of being produced and there is no release date given yet.