Molyneux teases Xbox 720 involvement as Curiosity draws to a close

22 Cans announces that Curiosity has 50 layers remaining, as games industry veteran Peter Molyneux teases an involvement with Microsoft's Xbox 720 reveal.

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There are now 50 layers left on 22 Cans' enigmatic Curiosity - what's inside the cube. As of 16:22 BST/08:22 PDT today, a countdown timer will now appear in the game saying what the predicted end date for the quirky long-running experiment actually is--and how close one person is from unlocking what creator Peter Molyneux calls its "life changing" contents.

22 Cans studio head Peter Molyneux admitted that the mobile title had sparked its fair share of controversy but that, currently, he expects the center of the cube to be reached around May 21--the day that Microsoft will unveil its next-generation successor to the Xbox 360.

"I thought six months was about the length of time that Curiosity should go on before it closed, and this is almost exactly the six month anniversary of the end of Curiosity," said Molyneux in an interview with GameSpot. "Bizarrely, as part of that controversy, is that the end of the cube--the last layer of the cube--might well be, I mean probably if you look at our analysis of probability, the same day that the next Xbox is announced. Which would be a bizarre twist of fate."

Curiosity launched on iOS in November 2012, with an Android version following shortly after. In April an update for the game introduced in-app purchases that would allow users to add or remove cubelets to the game's layers.

Are the two dates linked by more than coincidence? "There's an interesting opportunity, possibly, for me to… well, I can't say any more than that. There may be some words from me around that time. I'm not saying any more," said Molyneux, who worked at Microsoft between 2006 and 2012.

"I thought six months was about the length of time that Curiosity should go on before it closed."
Reflecting on the six-month period that has seen the Curiosity app downloaded over five million times, Molyneux said that much of its success had been "completely unexpected."

"I never thought in a million years that it would be downloaded five million times," said Molyneux. "Political debates have raged on the surface of the cube, with people drawing the twin towers and other people drawing planes crashing into the twin towers, and other people writing 'God Save America'. All of that stuff is completely unexpected. This was supposed to be an experiment that maybe would interest a handful of thousands of people, not millions of people."

Molyneux added that one of the other things 22 Cans has learnt is about how much perceived anonymity can change the way people interact online. "Lots of people on Curiosity gave their Facebook details, but when they did they tended not to be so brave with what they drew and tapped. We had thousands of penises drawn on the cube, but not many of those penises came from people who left their Facebook details. There's a lot of learning to be done there."

"I've always tried to be very clear with Curiosity: it is an experiment."
Speaking about Godus, the in-development god game from 22 Cans which raised £526,563 from Kickstarter in December 2012, Molyneux pondered how much connectivity with social networks it should have. "Seeing how many people were tempted to leave their details and how many people went anonymous is part of the experiment. A fascinating part. If you're making a game like Godus, which is all about self-expression and creativity in the land that you sculpt, you have to ask yourself if it's a good idea to require people to go on to Facebook."

"Quite clearly with Curiosity the answer would be no," Molyneux added, "although some apps require you, almost force you, to use your Facebook profile before you can dive in. There's some really interesting stuff about that."

"I've always tried to be very clear with Curiosity: it is an experiment. It is an experiment with tech, and getting servers right. We didn't do that terribly well at the start. But it's also an experiment in psychology, and the psychology of being anonymous, and the psychology of giving people these big, huge, insane objectives--like get to the center of the cube--and how that psychology plays into peoples' behavior."

Discussion

114 comments
kente10
kente10

I used to really like this guy until I played Fable III. He made that game sound like it was going to be the greatest thing to ever grace the Earth. I couldn't even sit through half of it.


He's like the Flavor Flav of Videogames.

samdam3
samdam3

Because I'm going to believe what this guys says..... LOL

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

I wasn't sure Peter Molyneux was relevant anymore, and this article just goes to show that he has absolutely no idea how to make games fun these days. Just "interesting" experiences that teach us nothing, you gave an anonymous version of windows paint to the masses to see what would happen... And predictably they drew penises. Well done.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"We had thousands of penises drawn on the cube...There's a lot of learning to be done there." Molyneux says that he didn't expect that so many people would download it or that they would draw penises, among other things, on the cube. I wonder if he thinks that he's created a (one-eyed) monster.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Curiosity 2, fitness edition that only comes with a 2 year commitment to xbox live and only runs on the new console ?
Now people can make gestures in front of the xbox kinect camera to break blocks on an even bigger cube and trigger combos by making especially weird movements - maybe even with DanceParty 0815 (or whatever it's called) integration.

Microtransactions to remove / add blocks, layers, advertisements, pictures and buy timed tools for quicker block removal coming back with even more money milking methods.

Success ? I think bringing Peter Molyneux into relation with anything these days pretty much makes it lose peoples interests even quicker - Since he left LionHead studios it only went rapidly downhills for him and his "news / ideas".

I wonder how his "Project Godus" is coming along, I haven't backed their Kickstarter for obvious reasons (mistrust, for the most part), so can't read their backer-only news announcements, but it's been pretty quiet for the past 5 months.

chieflion
chieflion

its gunna be some fucking adverstisment for his next game

then the suicides will happen

and peter will be like 'What? my games are jesus" and the world will say, "fuck u."

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

shouldn;t he retire already after several flops?

keichimorisato9
keichimorisato9

Who wants to bet that what is really beneath curiosity is a picture of perter moloneux's d#$k.

harndoogle
harndoogle

fifty bucks says there's a small English child hiding inside the cube by the name of Milo

Pyerun
Pyerun

His next game is going to be the best game ever!

Moonco
Moonco

No one would care if he shoot himself in the face.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

the old man is off his rocker, and instead of humouring him, you should be getting him checked out by a qualified professional.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

That is what you get for keeping the same name and adding a U. Fire whoever came up with that name. Also, it is not too late to change it. Start calling it The Nintendo buy me please we don't want to be Sega and Atari.

I respond well to grovelling and a huge price drop.

Arcturuss
Arcturuss

NO

Go way!

SHO!

You've already caused me enough heartache >=[

frylock616
frylock616

"Im gunna make anudda gayme dat iz maybe okay! gunna tell alotta liez an get yee chaps all hype I is!"


Fuck Molyneux.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Hasn't this old Bob Hoskins look alike realized he has no talent yet? 

CaptWaffle
CaptWaffle

I cannot believe people are paying money to see a picture of something.  Whatever the image is of has been hyped up to the point where unless it's proof of the Rapture or something similarly world-shaking: it'll be quite a let-down.  I'm sure I'll hear about whatever it is down the road.... then again; maybe not.  I just find it crazy that people pay money for this.  If my participation wouldn't be furthering the cause of such insanity I'd be tempted to pay to put more blocks up to delay the thing just to screw the people dumb enough to pay for this.... but that would make me nearly as dumb, myself. 

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

Initiate order 66.....

Hoogovens
Hoogovens

Of course it will "coincidentally" end on the same day as the Xbox reveal.  It's not like he can't manipulate the layers coming on and off behind the scenes to guarantee when it's all over.

ziggyww
ziggyww

Why does he have to get involved I was hoping we have heard the last of is console developing days

bmart970
bmart970

Watch there be nothing in that stupid cube. I cannot believe anyone still plays that game. I lost interest very quickly.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Remember, people. Anything Molyneux says? Reign it back about 6-7 notches.

/reality

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Life changing contents? not likely.. unless you have a check for 10 million dollars in that cube. The contents is going to be something lame..

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

If he is making something for the next Xbox, I plead and hope not another Fable game. Its not that I think he is a bad developer. I do think he is too over ambitious and hypes to unrealistic expectations. He has been a letdown but do something with a new property and maybe it will be good. Fable has been decent but still disappointing every time.

kljvoph
kljvoph

As soon as I saw the headline to this article I thought to myself: ‘there is going to be a bucket load of dumb people posting hateful comments about Mr Molyneux’.I was not disappointed…..or was I.A very very very small, almost microscopic part of me hoped that maybe gamers on this forum had suddenly grown up, become more sophisticated, deciding to take a broader view of the world.Only for a second though. Who was I kidding? After all what is the internet for but to air all one’s malice and vitriol in the safety of home and anonymity….it’s just human nature.

JOYRIDEME
JOYRIDEME

No one cares molly. You haven't made a good game since Fable 2 you are like an aging rockstar who thinks he is still relevant when the industry has long since passed you by.  

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Oh Molyneux, full of broken projects and promises.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

"Molyneux teases Xbox 720 involvement as Curiosity draws to a close."

can anyone remember his involvement in project natal? This guy just wastes his potential. He has become total joke.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

You would think the man would put it on windows phone.. >.>

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

All that damn cube was for was to test out their tech, not for experimenting with social and anonymous behaviour. Anything that gives people without a name the freedom to draw or interact with something there will be a ton of trolls. That science has been around since the internet existed. Go on any forum and Bam..science!! 

He's so full of BS lol. 

Kevin75
Kevin75

Can't image that game sold that well if it has taken this long to reach the center. If I remember correctly someone could have just spent 10k and found out instantly. The idea for the game wasn't exactly stupid, but how he implemented it was. People should have been able to create their own cubes and share them with family and friends. Instead of this marketing bs.

edhc44
edhc44

Remember Milo? Up to this day I'm not sure if that was awesome or stupid. Coincidentally or not, that's the same opinion I have about Molyneux.

blackace
blackace

@Moonco No one would care if YOU shot yourself in the face. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

@SolanOcard I think you replied to the wrong article. You replied about a company losing the plot, whereas this article is about an industry veteran losing the plot :P

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

@Mkeegs79 Molyneux has nothing to do with that studio, anymore. He's part of 22Cans. Lionhead will have to helm the future of Fable with a new lead.

CincoToes
CincoToes

@kljvoph Or, perhaps folks have grown tired of hear Mr.Molyneaux promise things as fantastic as a million dollar bill that gives you bj's and has half million dollar bill babies, but only delivers pretty decent games. Not everyone can be as magnanimous and graceful as you, wise one.

CincoToes
CincoToes

@JOYRIDEME Did you see Iggy and the Stooges just put out another album? Stooges indeed.

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

@edhc44 The beverage "Milo" tastes alot more "promising" than the actual project.

Dantology
Dantology

@blackace @hippiesanta I opted to never again fall into the Peter Molyneux trap after the release of "The Movies" back in the day. The Lord of Hype  Molyneux is the Donald Trump of the Video gaming world. 

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

@hadlee73 @SolanOcard that is funny.  I wrote that before logging in. I went to the log in page, decided to hit back button and copy in case I lost text. lost the text (so I thought) and decided not to bother signing in (too lazy).Then this old fart Molyneux who made every successive Fable game worse says some nonsense and I get my motivation to sign in. So odd it would post text I thought I lost half an hour earlier.

Kevin75
Kevin75

@Spartan_418 @Kevin75  Last I heard they were going to sell it for a certain price and then sell add ons to allow you to break through the cube faster.