Peter Molyneux Twitter account hacked; is not retiring from game industry

Peter Molyneux's Twitter account was hacked today, so previous reports of his retiring from the games industry are now false.

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Update: Moments after we published our story, Molyneux revealed his Twitter account was hacked. He followed up the strange series of tweets by saying he isn't retiring and not closing Godus.

Original Story:

Peter Molyneux, legendary developer behind such games as Populous, Black & White, and the Fable Series has just announced he will be retiring from the games industry immediately.

In a series of announcements on Molyneux’s Twitter account, he announced Godus, which he helped design, will be taken down from Steam “with immediate effect.” In a follow-up tweet, he says the following: “This is also the time I would like to announce my retirement from the games industry. It has been a long journey for me. Thank you.”

Molyneux follows up that message by saying his time in the industry has been “bitter sweet” and his biggest mistake was Fable III as it pushed him and his team to the limits.

Today's announcement is a bit of a strange one as the last time Molyneux said anything on his Twitter account was to gloat about staying at the Mayfair hotel back in Jan 2015. Today's retirement announcement is extremely sudden, especially when you consider he's completely removing his latest game from Steam.

We'll be sure to keep an eye on this breaking story for any additional information from Molyneux.

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    January 28, 2016 1:18 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Peter Molyneux retires from games industry; regrets Fable III

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      January 28, 2016 1:20 PM

      whooooa

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      January 28, 2016 1:21 PM

      is this the guy with the god game in develop that someone "won" and got to be the god of the game, or something?

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      January 28, 2016 1:22 PM

      Hacked account. He didn't retire.

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        January 28, 2016 1:27 PM

        I just updated the story. Serves me right for being super fast with my news stories.

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          January 28, 2016 1:35 PM

          you'll never recover from this

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            January 28, 2016 1:37 PM

            I guess I should go on my Twitter account and announce my retirement from whatever it is you call this.

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              January 28, 2016 1:40 PM

              Proofreading? :P

              will be taken down from Steven “with immediate effect.”

              Steam instead of Steven, yes?

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                January 28, 2016 1:44 PM

                Oh, no. That stays. I meant he was going to swipe his copy from his pal, Steven.

                (Fixed)

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          January 28, 2016 2:35 PM

          You should update the title to say "hacked account--nothing to see here" rather than just "update" to not spread misinformation to headline readers

          Also, the shack Twitter story still has this title.

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            January 28, 2016 2:51 PM

            I updated the story to say his account was hacked. I'll try to get the Shacknews twitter account updated as well.

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              January 28, 2016 3:02 PM

              Awesome! Thanks for doing this. I know many just read the headlines without reading the article.

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          January 28, 2016 5:59 PM

          Sounds like a case of wishfull thinking.

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      January 28, 2016 1:24 PM

      fable 2 and 3 were kinda crappy :(

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        January 28, 2016 1:32 PM

        I enjoyed 2! 3 was not so good though. One of the few games I've traded in after beating.

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        January 28, 2016 1:37 PM

        I felt like the wheels came off of Fable 3 once you became king. It was such a poor ending.

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        January 28, 2016 1:39 PM

        I liked the shit out of 2.

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          January 28, 2016 1:39 PM

          and was sad it never came out on PC.

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        January 28, 2016 1:44 PM

        2 was great!

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        January 28, 2016 1:49 PM

        I absolutely loved the Magic mechanics of Fable 2.

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        January 28, 2016 1:51 PM

        2 was awesome. 3 took a step back but wasn't terrible.

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          January 28, 2016 2:34 PM

          This sums up my feelings on both games. Fable 3 would have been a better game without all the "grind X types of enemies to unlock the weapon's Xth special property" mechanic. Otherwise I enjoyed it; same exploration and gorgeous world design as 2.

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        January 28, 2016 1:57 PM

        Everyone who liked 2, happy with that ending as well?

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          January 28, 2016 2:35 PM

          I don't remember the ending. But then, I don't remember the ending to most games I play because story isn't what brings me to the dance. I sunk at least 60 hours into that game, all of them spent exploring a beautifully designed world and finding cool stuff.

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            January 28, 2016 7:15 PM

            the ending was the one where you inevitably revive your dog after briefly considering the other options ;D

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          January 28, 2016 3:00 PM

          I thought the ending was fucking FANTASTIC*

          Videogames are rife with wish-fulfillment endings where the good guy pays no cost.

          Fable 2 offered you:

          Be the actual hero, saving towns/people/families...but you have to make a personal sacrifice (your friend). If you pick this, the world definitely seems more empty/lonely when running around.

          Be a bit selfish, or maybe you could look at is as loyal to your dog, but you can see the effect it has on towns, etc.

          Or be the typical EVILLLLL guy who cares nothing about anyone, but hey, you're rich!



          *Exaggeration. I just like the idea. A little bit of the execution I think could have been better (the scene leading to the choice)

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          January 28, 2016 4:44 PM

          I don't remember it but it was better than the first one. Though I heard the first one got a bit better with the director's cut.

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            January 28, 2016 7:40 PM

            I only played the Directors Cut, and the first game ended as if there was still a whole half a game left to play.

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        January 28, 2016 4:42 PM

        They weren't bad, but the Fable series is certainly not on any list of games I would ever wax nostalgic about.

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        January 28, 2016 6:31 PM

        I actually enjoyed both of them. :-/

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        January 29, 2016 1:07 AM

        I was enjoying 2, then my 360 GPU died mid-game. :( I never went back to it after that. My sister loved it though!

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      January 28, 2016 2:00 PM

      wow

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      January 28, 2016 2:45 PM

      Maybe the only time I support post editing here

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      January 28, 2016 2:50 PM

      I am so glad the hacker posted such believable shit rather than some spam or something. If it was anyone but Molyneux too it would be way less believable.

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      January 28, 2016 3:04 PM

      Fair and balanced.

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      January 28, 2016 3:06 PM

      That's a hell of a headline right there.

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      January 28, 2016 5:11 PM

      You know it's BS because he didn't say it was going to be the retirement that changed the very nature of how we as humans view retirement.

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      January 28, 2016 5:25 PM

      YOU HAD ONE JOB

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      January 28, 2016 6:12 PM

      thats too bad. it would be great if he went away.

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      January 28, 2016 7:43 PM

      "Peter Molyneux hasn't retired; still regrets Fable III"

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      January 29, 2016 1:03 AM

      Of all the bullshit he has been involved in he regrets Fable 3? Wjw

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      February 2, 2016 1:26 PM

      He should retire and apologize to the entire industry for being such a douche bag.