It comes with great sadness that English computer game designer, Peter Molyneux OBE, has decided to part ways with Microsoft and Lionhead - but after 15 years, Molyneux feels the time is right to move on.
The gaming world was dealt with a blow today, as the man behind iconic titles such as Fable, Black & White, Syndicate and Populous declared in a Twitter post that he was leaving the development studio and relinquishing his role.
In a statement made to video games blog, Kotaku, Molyneux said:
"It is with mixed emotions that I made the decision to leave Microsoft and Lionhead Studios, the company that I co-founded in 1997, at the conclusion of development of Fable: The Journey.
"I remain extremely passionate and proud of the people, products and experiences that we created, from Black & White to Fable to our pioneering work with Milo and Kate for the Kinect platform. However, I felt the time was right to pursue a new independent venture."
As one of the gaming industry's key figures, Molyenux helped revolutionise the 'god game' genre - and according to The Guardian, will be leaving Lionhead following the completion of Fable: The Journey.
"As co-founder of Lionhead and an integral part of Microsoft Studios, Peter was the creative visionary behind the blockbuster Fable franchise, and one of our most passionate and influential developers for the Xbox 360 platform. He has made an indelible mark on the games industry and we wish him all the best of luck in his future endeavours." said Microsoft.