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The worst thing Peter Molyneux has ever said

Peter Molyneux says a lot of things. The head of Lionhead Studios is most famous for his work on the Fable series. But he’s also infamous for making hyperbolic statements, earning him a reputation as an exaggerator, which he’s been trying to live down since the release of the first Fable.

Speaking at the Eurogamer Expo today, Molyneux revealed what he believes is the worst thing he’s ever said in a retrospective on the Fable series. After speaking about his departure from Bullfrog Productions – where he worked on Syndicate – Molyneux explained, “We went away worked hard at building a team, Big Blue Box. We were lucky enough to get a contract with Microsoft. And then I went out to the press and said something terrible.”

“Probably the worst thing I’ve ever said in my life. I said Fable is going to be the greatest roleplaying game of all time. That was the first time I really realized that you can make huge mistakes in the press – you can’t just stand up and get all enthusiastic like I do with developers,” said Molyneux.



Molyneux insists that Lionhead Studios is “still trying to make the greatest roleplaying game of all time.”
But despite the many improvements and features Lionhead Studios has added to the series over time, Molyneux jokingly admitted, “I still can’t persuade my wife to like Fable.”

When it comes to talking about other games, Molyneux was perfectly comfortable with his usual enthusiasm, saying that Ico for the PlayStation 2 had “probably the greatest game design of all time.”

Oct 1, 2010

Source: Games Industry.biz



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34 comments

  • bigdwarf - October 19, 2010 3:34 a.m.

    My ass said *fart
  • Pruman - October 4, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    Does anyone here remember when Black & White came out? The hype train running ahead of that turd of a game's release was so relentless and all-consuming that it made Sony's PS2 push the year before look understated (and remember that industry types said it would be more revolutionary than the printing press and that we wouldn't need PCs anymore once it hit, prompting Microsoft to create the XBOX out of fear). I don't know how much was attributed to Molyneux and how much was game journalists projecting their hope onto the game, but when it finally came out, it was Daikatana-like in how it had promised to be both the greatest game in the history of games, ever, and all things to all people. It ended up being decent, but after the hype we weren't expecting decent, and that series in general is a classic case of what happens when you unsuccessfully try to blend a bunch of different genres together without focusing too much on any one of them. If there were any justice in this industry, Molyneux would have paid just as much as Romero for letting that hype train jump off the rails, but he did it again with Fable a few years later, and somehow he's still making games today! As Tycho at Penny Arcade said, "the man has no credit with me - he must always pay in advance, cash only."
  • omalley420 - October 4, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    I dont get the spite people have for this chap...EVERYONE says silly things about stuff they are enthusiastic about...the big diff with this dev is he actually has a heavy hand in creating the things he trumps up to others. I can only have respect for a person that, regardless of others' view of him still maintains a high level of accountability with his products...cant say that for alot of devs.
  • FriendlyFire - October 4, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    What I still want is for him to drop Fable for a moment and make Black & White 3, properly this time. B&W was such an amazing concept and it's never been redone since...
  • Smeggs - October 4, 2010 1:15 a.m.

    Although I personally could not see the pull that Fable has on so many others I have to say it wasn't such a bad game. And hey, at least he seems to have good taste in video games, ICO is the shit.
  • NobodyLikesPaul - October 3, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    "Peter Molyneux says a lot of things." is the best opening line i have ever seen Although at the time he said that I think it was the best roleplaying gamne to ever take place on a console bested only by bethesda's Morrowind Fable 1 was one of the best if not the best role playing game ever made for the original xbox
  • Dondada - October 3, 2010 8:38 a.m.

    He was making a comeback until the Milo incident. The guy is pompous and filthy rich so dont feel too sorry for him.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - October 3, 2010 3:35 a.m.

    He embraces his flaws and tries to make them better. Isn't that how you become a better dev in the first place?
  • 2cute2Bcruel - October 3, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    He's being too apologetic. How come only the UNTALENTED designers aren't apologizing for anything lately? And why are most of them employed at Konami? And Fable II is not rubbish.
  • hanktherapper - October 2, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    I learned with "Black & White" to stop reading/listening to all previews until 30 days before the release date. The thing with Molyneux is he slams his games as bad as he over-praises them. Fable 1 and 2 are very good games. The world he created is very charming and it's one of the few RPGs I'll play. All games have flaws, but that's no reason to throw them under the bus.
  • DreamWeaverPL - October 2, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    “I still can’t persuade my wife to like Fable.” - Equip a Persuadertron first!
  • BishopofHippo93 - October 2, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    Ico? Really? Lead a completely helpless woman around by the hand and babysit her? Not inclined to agree, Molyneux. On a side note, I thought it was very interesting when he said Fable II was "rubbish." (see http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/fable-iii/preview/peter-molyneux-fable-ii-was-rubbish/a-20100623114131152014/g-2009081992053919015)
  • Fuzunga - October 2, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    Fable 2 sucked so much I don't even want Fable 3.
  • Collymilad - October 2, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    Why is he bowing to the whiners? Yes, the guy does talk some crap, but he does make great games (there's a bandwagon of hate and people with expectations that were much, much too high - more fool you if you believed everything an over-enthusiastic guy said about his labours of love) - he is simply enthusiastic and you could say a bit of a dreamer; something that doesn't go down well these days.
  • Cyber6x - October 2, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    I thought it was when he said that Fable 3 will have the best cast of any game...
  • JosefMotley - October 2, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    he's an idiot but he means well. and the world would be a duller place without him. fable was awful though. and how many other programmers would be this candid with their audience? at least he's not deliberately lying to us, his ideas just get ahead of him a lot. and i for one love the old coot for it
  • Clovin64 - October 2, 2010 10:04 a.m.

    If he keeps saying stuff like this, then nobody will ever be able to take anything he says seriously. If he fails to convince people that Fable III is the pooch's plums, then he should know the reason why.
  • kit07 - October 2, 2010 4:57 a.m.

    im most surprised that he's married.
  • SUCKxITxEZ - October 2, 2010 4:25 a.m.

    i liked fable 1 more then fable 2 tbh so maybe he was right the first time
  • ventanger - October 2, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    Geez, well that explains what's wrong with Fable 1 and 2, he keeps trying to make a game that his wife will like. ...some bitches just can't be pleased.

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