Legendary Game Maker Peter Molyneux Talks Regrets and What's Next

When Peter Molyneux – the charismatic designer of Fable, Populous, and Black & White, among other seminal video games – announced a couple of years ago that he was going to stop talking so much, a lot of people didn't believe him. He was the seventh person inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, after designers like Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, Civilization creator Sid Meier, Id Software founder John Carmack, and SimCity creator Will Wright. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2011. He was even honored with an OBE, the Order of the British Empire, in the 2004 New Year's Honors list. Yet by the point in his career that he was for this particular announcement, Molyneux had became almost as famous for not delivering on grand pronouncements as he was for delivering extraordinary video games.

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Nyxus2008d ago

No one should sell any studio they care about to EA.

2007d ago
indysurfn2007d ago

This is the same jerk that said they will not fix the game because only 1.5% of all gamers get to the end anyway? I still wasted 59 dollars and hours of game play and especially the frustration trying to get around the bug until I heard his reply to it.

Mr Pumblechook2007d ago

This interview is from March 31st!

indysurfn2006d ago

Yes this interview is WAY after He said that. I don't forget people that screw me over.

stuna12008d ago

EA and Microsoft are the destroyer of studio's!

Godmars2902007d ago

The example of Rare, one of the few surviving studios - in name only - would disagree.

Zeref2007d ago

Sony shuts down studios too...

Bahamut2007d ago

Sony wouldn't let a franchise like Fable just die.

Cyborgg2007d ago

It's not affecting them though.

USMC_POLICE2007d ago

@Bahamut, they let socom and syphonfilter just die.

darthv722007d ago

Bahamut... did Fable die or is it just tucked away for the time being?

AmstradAmiga2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )


Pure speculation based on what? Regardless of what you think Sony is a business trying to remain profitable. FYI in 2014 Sony downsized by over 1,000 employees, Santa Monica Studios (i.e. Wipeout) being part of the casualties. The year before Sony had downsized by 10,000 employees.

Auron2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Sony shuts down their handhelds too
@bahamut fable isnt dead.. lionhead just sucked and got shut down. FIII was garbage.

michellelynn09762007d ago

Yeah they do, but not nearly like Microsoft or EA. Sony has only done two.

Juvia2007d ago

Are you really trying to say that Sony is at the same level as Microsoft or EA? That is madness, little kitten.

I realize you xbots are desperate to lash out at Sony for whumping you this gen, but there's something to be said for losing gracefully.

madforaday2007d ago


How did they let Socom die? They came out with Confrontation and Socom 4. Confrontation was really good only after 6 months of it's release. Then they killed it with the DLC. Socom 4 was Zipper's redemption but failed even worse than Confrontation and with no way to fix because it was just awful. Zipper killed Socom. Zipper also messed up MAG towards the end with the crappy DLC that you couldn't even get into because you couldn't get enough people to play. Also, Zipper made a meh Vita game as well. Zipper had a lot of chances to redeem themselves has developers. I just think Bend Studios didn't want to make another Syphon shooter because they are still around and are now making a new IP.

Bigpappy2007d ago

"Sony wouldn't let a franchise like Fable just die."

But they would kill Motor Storm?

Knushwood Butt2007d ago

Socom 4 was a lot of fun in online co-op.

Confrontation was just pain.

Bennibop2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

@Zeref Sony has also opened new studios though

Godmars2902006d ago

But they've made games before being shut down. Have long running histories of making games, while under Sony's umbrella, before being shut down. Versus being known for making games, being bought my MS, not making game for years or making one game after many years of nothing, only to be shut down before that one game under MS is released. If its released.

XiNatsuDragnel2004d ago

Brother man you sound pretty salty about Xbox. Alavrez kingdom king for a reason

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sk8ofmnd2007d ago

Ea and Ms are the black holes of the gaming industry... gamers are finally coming around to their bullshit.

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maybelovehate2008d ago

And I wish he hadn't sold us all so much BS

2007d ago
Bahamut2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

I love his games, but yeah, he promises much more, every time. I remember when Fable used to be called "Project Ego" and the game he described in the years during creation... and then what he delivered. He's a visionary, but it's like he doesn't understand what the game developers are really capable of.

Trez12342007d ago

Fable was the game that made me fall in love with the xbox brand so I'll alwayd have a soft spot for him.

nowitzki20042007d ago

I hated him but the more I learned about the business the more I learn that he really might have had not much control over what he was paid to do.

Knushwood Butt2007d ago

This guy is a disgrace.

He talks BS about his games until launch, then begs for forgiveness afterwards, time and time again.

Just shut up and deliver.

If not, just retire and suck on some Blackpool rock.

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MunchMiller002008d ago

I'm sure he feels perfectly fine once gazing upon his sellout bank account, if he even truly regrets it at all anyways. Which I highly doubt he does.

Mikelarry2008d ago

Exactly what i was thinking, didnt complain about all the monies tehy must have paid him

DevilishSix2008d ago

He decided money was more important. Now he has to live with it.