In the wake of Peter Molyneux's departure, ex-Cryptic Studios CEO John Needham has taken the reins at Fable developer Lionhead.
As the former CEO of both Cryptic Studios and, most recently, Gazillion Entertainment, Needham boasts "over twelve years of leadership, business development and financial experience in the entertainment and online gaming industries to the role," from subscription-based, massively multi-player to client-based console and free-to-play online, PC and mobile experiences.
“This is a historic time in our industry and I’m excited, and honoured, to be joining Lionhead and Microsoft Studios,” John says of his appointment in the press release. “Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and AAA experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft’s incredible hardware and software platforms. Personally, I can’t wait to get started.”
Considering Needham's massively multiplayer experience, including Champions Online, City Of Heroes/Villains and Star Trek Online, could his appointment herald a new online focus for Lionhead? We'll have to watch this space.