Lionhead Studios appoints John Needham as new boss

Tuesday, 23rd April 2013 09:32 GMT By Dave Cook

Lionhead Studios has been angling for a new steward since Peter Molyneux left for the world of cubes and curiosity. John Needham has been selected as his successor as studio head.

Reporting to Microsoft’s corporate vice president of interactive entertainment business Phil Harrison – loving these long job titles by the way – Needham will be in charge of Lionhead’s day-to-day operations.

Needham was previously CEO of Cryptic Studios and Gazillion Entertainment, and said of his appointment, “This is a historic time in our industry and I’m excited, and honoured, to be joining Lionhead and Microsoft Studios.

“Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and AAA experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft’s incredible hardware and software platforms. Personally, I can’t wait to get started.”

What could these new triple-a experiences be? If this rumour is to be believed one of them is an Unreal Engine 4-powered Xbox 720 release.

What do you think?



  1. KineticCalvaria

    Please don’t milk Fable any more than has already been done :(.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    Ex CEO of Cryptic Studios and Gazillion Entertainment, you say?

    They might as well have announced they’re making a Fable MMO at the same time.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. No_PUDding

    From all I know, there is very little in the way of offline direction in Microsoft’s future.

    So get used to it ladies and gents.

    Fable will be online I’m betting. Also have a funny feeling it’ll be F2P actually. Or in the very least you will be getting used to microtransactions.

    Which (just to stress) is not a negative thing, if the AAA title is either free, or reduced price to begin with.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. NocturnalB

    The first Fable was literally my favorite game ever. I wish they had been a lot more careful with the sequels..

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Diingo

    They should completely redo the entire Fable franchise from the ground up. Peter M. had a power vision of his dream game… but it never came to fruition. So much potential gone down the drain.

    #5 2 years ago

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