Fable franchise manager, who calls himself a Pokemon Master, leaves Lionhead

Ted Timmins leaves Microsoft-owned studio; "This was a really tough decision," he says; he worked on Fable 1-3, as well as Fable: Heroes, Fable: The Journey, and Fable Anniversary.

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Fable franchise manager Ted Timmins, who worked on every game in the role-playing game series and who labels himself a Pokemon Master, has left the Microsoft-owned Lionhead Studios. He announced the news in a series of tweets.

Ted Timmins

"I've decided to leave Lionhead. This was a really tough decision, as I've had such an amazing time here," he wrote.

Lionhead Studios gave Timmins his first industry job, where, as an 18-year-old newcomer, he was put to work on 2004's original Fable for the Xbox, known at the time as Project Ego.

He has since worked on every entry in the series, including Fable II, Fable III, Fable Heroes, Kinect game Fable: The Journey, and Fable Anniversary for the Xbox 360.

As Fable franchise manager, Timmins was also likely to be involved in the upcoming Xbox One game Fable Legends, though he does not list that game specifically on his Linkedin page.

It's unclear what Timmins plans to do next.

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Discussion

31 comments
GameBeaten
GameBeaten

"who labels himself a Pokemon master..."


..... Okay. I don't see how that's important.

It's like saying "Hey, I can throw a basketball into a hoop without looking at it. Anyway, how much do you want for this house?"

deadpen
deadpen

Pokemon master is code for Virgin

csward
csward

Wow first Peter Molyneux leaves and now this guy? Something is very wrong at Lionhead.

kkrakhed
kkrakhed

So that's why the Fable series took a down-turn.  They were focused on Pokemon.  So it was basically an accident that Fable 2 kicked so much ass.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

The only decent Fable game was the first one, and even that was a totally half-assed and over-hyped game.

krystyla
krystyla

After the last 3 fable titles I'd say good riddance

xantufrog
xantufrog

"Oooh luk @ the xbot devs running at the soudn of the great pony hooves!" - or some random fanboy crap people post whenever someone leaves Sony or MS

kerrman
kerrman

What the hell does him calling himself a Pokemon Master have anything to do with this?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

The Master comes and goes as he pleases. Stand before him and be collected.

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

Now he will start his journey in the next regions. GOTTA CATCH EM' ALL.

LittleMac19
LittleMac19

Now he'll have all the time in the world to play better games like Pokemon instead of throwing it all away on a dying franchise like Fable.

unban_porygon
unban_porygon

How much would I have to pay to buy that Halo Warthog vehicle that's pictured on his twitter page?

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

A Pokemon Master? T.T. is the oldest looking 7 year old I have ever seen lol.

playstationzone
playstationzone

well he left to work on something better since had enough of mirosoft of there kinect fable game.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Bad game design, I choose you!

_Judas_
_Judas_

Lionhead Studios need to do something brilliant....soon. I haven't seen anything worthy of my time since the Black & White-games. I had high hopes for the company when it was first formed, but after the initial release of Black & White, the company has yet to wow! me...

IncisionX
IncisionX

Fable is progressively gotten worse over the years so it makes sense to move onto a newer project ^^ Best of luck anyways.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Microsoft is doomed!!!


Otherwise known as people move on.... as I've been saying with every single one of these articles about staff walkouts.


The guy had worked on every Fable and probably fancied a change.  As did the God of War bloke and the chap that left Uncharted for League of Legends.


It happens every day, but trolls just eat it up.



(p.s. best of luck to the bloke anyway!)


prime_l
prime_l

@deadpen

I have Magikarp tattooed on my arm... I can tell you, you're very, very much wrong :)

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@xantufrog  Haha I was going to say it was Sony execs which were changing ship not a month ago. Fanboys have nothing to say from either side.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@kerrman  "Former Fable Franchise Manager / Lionhead Lead Designer. Now grown up to be a full time Pokemon Master." according to his twitter.


Sounds to me like he's getting into tourney play. Sounds like a very strange career choice though.

zandrxi
zandrxi

@_Judas_  I would be so happy if we got a new Black & White game.

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

@deathwish026 No one cares about that. Obviously the point of this article is that he's a Pokemon Master, or the Master

hystavito
hystavito

@zandrxi @_Judas_  Good luck :).


Great games, but market for something like that nowadays is way too small and well, as we know, no one wants to make those "small" games anymore.  Maybe an indie could do a spiritual successor type thing, that's probably the only chance.