Lionhead Studios was founded in 1996 with the goal of making innovative and ground breaking games in a happy and creative environment. The studio boasts some of the most creative and talented members of the gaming industry who have worked on titles such as Black&White, The Movies and of course, the much loved Fable franchise.
Acquired by Microsoft in 2006, Lionhead is now part of Microsoft Studios. Based in the Surrey Research Park in Guildford, we are lucky enough to sit next to a lake with lots of ducks and fish and are a stones throw away from town.
Lionhead’s new Studio Head, John Needham was appointed in May 2013 following the departure of Peter Molyneux in March 2012. John has been a prominent figure in the video game industry since 2001. As the former CEO of both Cryptic Studios and, most recently, Gazillion Entertainment, John brings over twelve years of leadership, business development and financial experience in the entertainment and online gaming industries, to the role.
Trivia: The name ‘Lionhead’ came about from co founder Mark Webley’s hamster who died shortly after the studio was named.
Every year Lionhead hosts Creative Day, a day dedicated to showcasing the talent of the studio and allowing all members of staff, from all departments, to develop and present their own game ideas. Fable Heroes is one such project that was born from Creative Day.
We’re proud to say that we have been awarded a couple of BAFTAs in our time. In 2001 we were given an academy award for Interactivity (Black & White), in 2005 we were awarded a BAFTA for Simulation (The Movies) and in 2009 we were given one for Action and Adventure (Fable II). All our awards are on show for everyone to see in reception at the studio. Since then, we have been nominated for many other awards, of which you can read about in our blogs.
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