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Lionhead Studios

Name: Lionhead Studios
Established: 1997
Status: Acquired by Microsoft Game Studios
Links: Official site
Submitter: Grades
Added: Jun 20 2006

Company description

Source: Wikipedia

Lionhead Studios is a United Kingdom-based computer game development company led by industry veteran Peter Molyneux, and taken over by Microsoft Game Studios in April 2006.

Lionhead started as a breakaway from the developer Bullfrog, which was also founded by Molyneux, Lionhead's first game was Black & White, a god game with elements of artificial life, strategy, and beat 'em up games. Black and White was published by Electronic Arts in 2001. Lionhead Studios is named after a dead hamster of one of the original members. As they were discussing a name a few minutes before a rep from Electronic Arts arrived, the member went to check on his hamster, Lionhead, who was found dead.

Black and White was followed up with the release of an expansion pack named "Black and White: Creature Isle." Lionhead then released the popular (and controversial) Fable, from satellite developer Big Blue Box. In 2005, Lionhead released The Movies and Black & White 2. On 6 April 2006, it was announced that Lionhead Studios was to be purchased by Microsoft to further bolster their range of XBox 360 games.

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Black & White PC Strategy

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