Molyneux not retiring anytime soon

Peter Molyneux shoots down speculation of impending retirement as "abhorrent"; "I would have to be in some vegetative state to consider retirement," he says.

Peter Molyneux gave an interview earlier this month in which he said his next game may be his last. It doesn't appear this will be the case, as the former Microsoft executive and founder of independent studio 22Cans has called the idea of retirement "abhorrent."

"I wasn't in any way announcing my retirement or saying I'm going to throw myself off the nearest bridge after my next game," Molyneux told GamesIndustry International. "I'm either going to stop making games when everyone in the world just hates the games I make or the day when I die. I feel more passionate, more engaged, more energetic about making games now than I ever have. The thought of retirement is abhorrent to me. I would have to be in some vegetative state to consider retirement."

Molyneux also responded to outcry over 22Cans' Kickstarter fund for a Populous "reinvention" called Godus, specifically claims that he is well off enough to not need to ask for fan support in the first place.

"Everyone kind of thinks I'm loaded with money and live in Versailles or something, and drive around in a gold Rolls-Royce," Molyneux said. "None of that is true. I'm not starving by any means, but I haven't got unlimited wealth. I used a lot of money to found 22 Cans, to release Curiosity, and to build a team of 20 people."

Prior to establishing 22Cans in March this year, Molyneux simultaneously served as creative director at Microsoft Game Studios Europe and general manager of Lionhead Studios, which he cofounded. Before that, Molyneux held the position of vice president at Electronic Arts and was the founder and manager of Bullfrog Productions.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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LJMStrike
LJMStrike

I still haven't forgiven him for all the broken promises he made in Fable 1. How can people trust him especially when the claims he made that weren't true were significant.

PotHeel
PotHeel

Dear Mr Molyneux,

 

begin a kickstarter for the Movies 2. Do not attach any daft hype. Do so then I, maybe others, will give you money to help the project along, through kickstarter. Do this and you will be loved again, like you were in the days of Dungeon Keeper 2 (which is an idea too, make a sequel to that!)

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Me

Wula_
Wula_

Funny how so many of us love and hate this guy at the same time. But are afraid to admit it. We love him for the handful of gems he introduced to us. But hate him at the same time for ALL the broken promises he has made to us over his career

LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

He annoys the holy hell out of me, but I hope he doesn't go anywhere anytime soon.

franzito
franzito

Good for him. Most of the retirees I know got morose, grumpy and sick after quitting work.

brownyyy
brownyyy

Tbh I lost all respect for this guy when he allowed the butchery of black and white with the awful sequel all be it directly or indirectly B&W2 had great ideas turned awful and im still waiting for the 3rd like dungeon keeper shame :(

Lamachina
Lamachina

bad news for gamers. don't trust this man, he lies in his sleep

jhcho2
jhcho2

Retirement doesn't fit his ego's need for continuous fueling

SwiftusMaximus
SwiftusMaximus

....That's great Peter, now head over to EA, get the rights back to Dungeon Keeper, and get cracking on DK3, for god sake man.

tightwad34
tightwad34

O.K. pretty pointless thing to say or write about. It's not like we have to follow this guy or buy anything he puts out.

valdarez
valdarez

Sad thing is folks in a vegetable state don't know they're in it.  Based on his assessment, he should have retired back around the Fable II time frame.  Go away Mr. Molyneux.  Gamers just don't like you, particularly the games you make, any longer.  Too many high boasts and unfulfilled expectations.  If I see your name linked with a game, I'm instantly turned off to the game.

 

GameSpot needs to change it's icon system with addition of the Molyneaux Icon, such that a game that doesn't live up to expectations is considered Molyneux'd.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

it's time to hang it up Molyneux, you're just not born for this in the first place.

catsimboy
catsimboy

"I feel more passionate, more engaged, more energetic about making games now than I ever have" So then why has the quality of your games sharply declined to where at this point your latest endeavor is a crappy smartphone game where you tap a friggin cube? Explain that Molyneux.

brok
brok

His retirement wasn't speculation.

 

It was a request. A worldwide request.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Oh joy.  More half baked, pretentious, mediocre games to come.  Woo.  Hoo.

maximo
maximo

What are the chances of a new fable game?

 

If he could take Fable 2 and build on that he would have a huge goldmine

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I think we're all tired of Molyneux making and remaking games that are nowhere near as good as he claims they are.

ABakedAlien
ABakedAlien

 "I'm either going to stop making games when everyone in the world just hates the games I make... "

 

So he IS done making games?

baxwam
baxwam

Dose not disappoint ......................

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

Jesus somersaulting christ Peter, after what you did to the Fable franchise?

hadlee73
hadlee73

That seals it. "Abhorrent" should be the name of his next game :P

PotHeel
PotHeel

I love that everyone ignores his achievements and acts as though he took a dump on their front porch. There are worse people in the world than those who promise what they cannot feasibly deliver, get over it. :/

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hardeddie
hardeddie

This may be a good news. So retirement is a possibility according to Peter. Since everything is a lie from him.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

If I read Molyneux's words correctly, he's definitely retiring, then. That's good news. 

 

Jabstor
Jabstor

Doesn't he always lie? 

 

So does that mean he is retiring soon?

TrueGB
TrueGB

GIven the negative opinion of him by so many people around here, I'd imagine those people had always assumed he WAS in a vegetable state these last few years.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Honestly, I don't dislike the guy. I am indifferent about him. He just isn't anything special; or a particularly talented designer. He reminds me of George Lucas. Famous for works long since past, whilst anything new is a considerable disappointment.

pleasureinevil
pleasureinevil

Then he should quit now people already hate him and all his games.

SolidTy
SolidTy

He isn't retiring...

What did he mean when he said it was his last game in that other article last week? Strange.

Wyckid
Wyckid

Damn.  I thought this was an April Fool's joke.  Then, I looked at the calendar.

whackyq
whackyq

I actually thought Fable 2 was really good, especially the dog. He needs to think long and hard, and put some real effort into making a spectacular Fable 4, then retire haha.

Stiler
Stiler

I do not get all the hate PM gets. Yes he made some "lofty" goals with Fable that didn't get delivered and he has a knack for saying what he'd "like" to have in a game vs what you get.

 

However since that famous fable incident he's very clear when he says what he "would hope" to have in a game and what he promises.

 

PM is one of the few developers left that actually TRIES to innovate. I mean take fable for example, yes it didn't have the whole "acorn into a tree" aspect, but it sitll did things that to this day no other rpg has done, such as the way your character shapes/morphs depending on how you play them. IT also has the most useful dog in any game, far more useful then most other "dogs" in video games.

 

I mean he brought us Dungeon Keeper, Populous, Black and White, Fable, EVERY single one of those games was innovative in it's own way.

 

How many developers can say they try that? So many people blast call of duty and "generic" games for being the same year end and year out, at least PM TRIES to give us something new most of the time and doesn't just stick with the formula.

 

I for one hope he never stops making games, I always look forward to what he can think up, even if it doesn't actually make it into a game. I'd gladly take 100 Peter Molyneux's over Activision/EA/and most other developers.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Nice to See PM will still be around to meet his yearly quota of bullshit statements.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Maybe he needs to take some time off in a vegetative state of meditation to get back on track.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

Fable 1 HD remake, Molyneux needs to do that before I take him seriously.

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

Say what you will but Molyneux is a pretty fascinating individual. Way in over his head but interesting nonetheless.

cornbredx
cornbredx

Molyneux is burnt out, but I don't think he'll retire... ever. Dude loves making games, even if his wildest dreams don't match the games he makes.

 

Just don't ever trust what he says as far as what you can do in a game he makes and you'll probably be fine.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Oh, Molyneux. Always so descriptive.

catsimboy
catsimboy

 @brownyyy

 I know what you mean about B&W2. They took all the charm and fun of raising a creature, threw it away and just made a crappy RTS. But hey at least I can "rub" the ground with my god's hand. INNOVATION!

SwiftusMaximus
SwiftusMaximus

 @bongsyas_23I'm guessing you guys are a bit too young to remember Bullfrog Software?

Some of the best games ever made, and Peter was part of that team.

He is a very  talented man, but lately, by his own admission, he's been "making games his wife wants to play."

Snap out of it Peter, get back to the games you made Great!

God i miss Bullfrog.

Banefire76
Banefire76

 @catsimboy

 His acheivements in the past were not his. He would surround himself with talented developers and "excite" them to deliver us the enjoyable games he was unjustly praised for when it was their talents and hard work that deserved the attention.

 

But like with all parasites (Molyneux), the "Host"(actually talented developers) have enough then remove him from their lives.

 

What Molyneux is experiencing is the realization that the gig is up and he has burned almost all of his bridges and "cried Wolf!" too many times. And as a result, talented devlopers don't give him freebies of praise on their backs anymore.

 

He has made himself a joke, when he should have left the industry years ago and saved himself the humiliation that is only going to turn to indiference from those who once believed his lies. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @DrKill09

 Not to mention he is so arrogant he doesn't realize any of his glaring flaws.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

 @PotHeel Great achievements are overcast by bold statements that never meet fruition. This is one person that should shut his mouth and let his games speak for him.

BuBsay
BuBsay

 @Stiler I think it's the fact that with something like CoD, ya it's shitty for innovation but they never try to play it off as anything else. Where as Molyneux promises thousands upon thousands of innovations within his games and delivers on 2, maybe 3, and just comes off as completely lying to try and build PR for his games.

 

To show the way Molyneux press releases work: "Pronounce the last game I released was shit ----> Talk about how much better my next game will be." (Repeat indefinitely)

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

 @Stiler Fable wasn't even the first time he promised big and didn't deliver. Some people consider Black and White to be the first of that trend, but most do agree that Fable was the biggest. It's hard to shake a stigma once you've gotten it placed on you, and that's why PM is met with such negativity.

brownyyy
brownyyy

 @catsimboy  yeah I know it always bothered me that they made it easier to build towns which is great but took away getting people to pray for your power and adding mana to buy things was awful as was having to choose between a big army and a nice looking city with walls