Peter Molyneux, the brains behind Fable and the ill-fated Project Milo, has assured fans that he is currently working on the biggest and most outrageous lie of his career, a lie so grand in scope and vision that it will change gaming, perhaps even life as we know it, forever.
The self-proclaimed king of really big fibs recently left Lionhead, the Microsoft owned studio he founded 15 years ago, to set up 22Cans – the name being a subtle reference to the amount of beer he had consumed the night he decided to go it alone. However, Molyneux is adamant that his ninja-like skills of deception remain unscathed and that his next lie will change everything.
“I know people don’t trust me”, Molyneux said. “But you’re just going to have to believe me when I say that my next lie will be totally mind-blowing, a real step change for the industry. Sure, there have been some fantastic lies over the last few years, and I really respect developers like Guerrilla Games for pushing the boundaries with their brilliantly deceptive CGI demos. But compared to the lie I’m working on at the moment… Well, let’s just say it’s in a completely different league.”
Asked why he thought his lies were so popular amongst gamers, Molyneux was happy to share some of his theories.
“Very few developers have managed to recapture the crushing realisation players experienced when they discovered they couldn’t really have children in Fable”, Molyneux chuckles. “Or the sheer anger they felt after spending countless hours unsuccessfully attempting to carve their initials into a tree. You just don’t forget those magical gaming moments.
“The mistake most developers make is that they admit to their lie well before their game launches, immediately lowering expectations and losing the element of surprise. My lies are popular because I sustain them right up to release. Whether it’s the fact that your decisions in Fable 2 mean jack shit in Fable 3, or that you can’t actually beat up your dog and leave it for dead, I believe in letting gamers discover the awful truth themselves.Tweet