Lionhead Studios Ltd.

Overview

LionHead Studios was founded by Peter Molyneux, Mark Webley, Tim Rance and Steve Jackson in July 1997, coming from Bullfrog Productions. The company was headquartered in Surrey, England.

Around 2000, the company started offering companies to become a Lionhead satellite studio, to work on games under guidance of Lionhead as a main company:So far, the company has worked with three franchises: the strategical god games in the Black & White series, the Fable RPGs, and the creative film industry simulation The Movies.

On 6th April 2006, the company was acquired by Microsoft Game Studios. Since then, the Fable franchise has been continued with Fable II in October 2008.

In January 2012 CTO Tim Rance left the company to establish the game development studio 22 Cans. In March of that year Peter Molyneux announced to follow him there. They work together with Peter Murphy, who also was with Lionhead until around 2008.

On 7th March 2016 Microsoft announced developed on Fable Legends was ceased and a proposed closure was confirmed.

Games

Fable III: The Champion Hammer & Balance Tattoo(2014)
Fable III: Absolver Hammer & Dragonbreath Tattoo(2014)
Fable III: Inquisitor Sword & Industrial Tattoo(2014)
Fable III: Clockwork Tattoo Set(2014)
Fable III: Swirlwing Tattoo Set(2014)
Fable III: The Shardborne Sword(2014)
Fable III: Channeler Sword & Crystal Tattoo(2014)
Fable: Anniversary(2014)
Fable: The Journey(2012)
Fable Heroes(2012)
Fable III: Free Soldier Outfit(2011)
Fable III: Traitor's Keep Quest Pack(2011)
Fable III: Free Yule Hat(2010)
Fable III: Dog Breed Set(2010)
Fable III: Understone Quest Pack(2010)
Fable III: Hair Pack(2010)
Fable III: Five Star Dog Potion(2010)
Fable III: Highlander Tattoo Set(2010)
Fable III: Red Setter Dog Potion(2010)
Fable III: Industrial Knight Outfit(2010)
Fable III: Dye Pack(2010)
Fable III: Female Highlander Outfit(2010)
Fable III: Male Highlander Outfit(2010)
Fable III: Dog Outfit(2010)
Fable III(2010)
Fable III (Limited Collector's Edition)(2010)
Fable III: Free Weapons(2010)
Fable II: See the Future(2009)
Fable II: Knothole Island(2009)
Fable II(2008)
Fable II (Limited Collector's Edition)(2008)
Fable II: Pub Games(2008)
Movies - Complete Pack, The(2007)
Movies: Stunts & Effects, The(2006)
Black & White 2: Battle of the Gods(2006)
Movies (Premiere Edition), The(2005)
Movies, The(2005)
Black & White 2 (Collector's Edition)(2005)
Fable: The Lost Chapters(2005)
Black & White 2(2005)
Fable(2004)
Black & White Deluxe(2002)
Black & White: Creature Isle(2002)
Black & White(2001)

Trivia

The logo was designed by Evie Mclaughlin, the wife of Art Lead Paul Mclaughlin at the company.

They came up with the name Lionhead because it was the name of Mark Webley's hamster; which died one week before the company was founded.

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