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April 6, 2006

Microsoft Game Studios acquires Lionhead

Posted by David Hunter at 10:27 AM ET.

As rumored last week, Microsoft today acquired game developer Lionhead Studios:

Microsoft Game Studios (MGS) today announced it has purchased U.K.-based Lionhead Studios, one of the world’s leading and most innovative video game developers and creators of “Fable®,” the hit Xbox® and Windows® franchise.

Lionhead Studios will immediately begin creating content exclusively for the Xbox 360™ and Microsoft® Windows platforms. The companies previously worked together on the popular role-playing games “Fable” for Xbox and “Fable: The Lost Chapters” for Xbox and Windows, which have collectively surpassed the 2 million global unit sales milestone, making “Fable” the best-selling role-playing franchise on the Xbox platform.

With today’s announcement, Lionhead Studios becomes the latest member of MGS, joining such prestigious and globally recognized game creators as Bungie Studios, Ensemble Studios, FASA Studio and Rare Ltd. on a team whose charter is to create exclusive entertainment experiences that differentiate Xbox 360 and Windows from other gaming platforms.

Lionhead was founded in 1997 by well known British game designer Peter Molyneux, but had been having financial troubles of late. Their web site is at http://www.lionhead.com/. Lionhead was privately held and no financial details were disclosed.



Filed under Acquisitions, Microsoft, PC Games, Xbox

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