Ex-Lionhead boss says PC innovation is encouraging
Former Lionhead boss and Microsoft executive Peter Molyneux has shared his disapproval of Microsoft’s actions in regards to gaming on PC in an interview with GamesIndustry International.
Molyneux called out Microsoft on the company’s lack of attention for the PC during its E3 press conference, saying, “It’s always shocked me about how little Microsoft cared about the Windows platform. There was hardly a single talk about Windows 8 at all. You would’ve thought, with a billion installed machines, there would be at least some play. And the whole Metro interface is much more gamified, but there was no talk about it at all.”
Molyneux pointed out this as a particular weakness since he considers the PC a current source of notable innovation. He said, “I would hope the next generation would bring about a new wave of innovation. If we don’t do that in consoles, then you will find that those people that want innovation will start retreating to other formats. Look at the PC. It’s incredible to me how there’s been a resurgence in PC gaming. There’s a lot more innovation now.”
Molyneux also cited Microsoft’s restrictive nature as one of the reasons he left to join the new studio 22 Cans.
Speaking about the freer nature of development at the new company, he explained, “I think as a creative person, as someone who loves creativity and loves embracing ideas, this seemed like the perfect time to set up another company and find enough people that believed in one focused idea, crazy though that idea might be, that embraces all this new technology rather than try to ignore it. And the only way I found that I was able to do that was in a start-up because there are so many political things that have to go on in existing games development, whether they’re supporting retail or supporting some format that’s out there. I think only a little start-up can totally embrace that newness and the excitement that’s going on.”
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