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Lionhead veterans form new studio Another Place Productions

Lionhead veterans form new studio Another Place Productions

Thu 01 Mar 2012 7:54am GMT / 2:54am EST / 11:54pm PST
BusinessDevelopment

Big Blue Box founders joined by senior staff from Fable franchise

The co-founders of Big Blue Box and creators of the Fable franchise have formed a new development studio, Another Place Productions.

Dene and Simon Carter sold Big Blue Box to Lionhead and Microsoft, and led the award-winning Xbox franchise to more than 12 million sales.

The pair left Lionhead last year, and are now joined in the new venture by former Fable art director John McCormack, Lionhead's technical director Guillaume Portes and the studios' executive producer Jeremie Texier.

The team said it intends to "create high-quality, meaningful experiences that will inspire audiences worldwide" and it focusing on digital formats - PSN, XBLA, Steam and mobile.

34 Comments

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

1,692 594 0.4
There is a huge amount of this going on. People are leaving the big team boxed game studios that are in decline to set up small team digital studios to serve an industry that is booming.

The TIGA publication "Liberating the Developer" is essential reading for anyone contemplating making the move.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Stuart Whyte Chief Publishing Officer, Lionhead Studios

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Congratulations chaps! Very excited to see what comes out of this.

Posted:2 years ago

#2
It could also be that after working on a series for a long, very very long while the freedom to express can be desired...Perhaps its high time Lionhead made something new non Fable related to be refreshing, quirky, british and inspiring

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Simon Carter Technical Director, Another Place Productions

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Thanks Stuart! Just wanted to add that our new website is [link url=http://www.anotherplaceproductions.com!]http://www.anotherplaceproductions.com[/link]

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Simon Carter on 1st March 2012 11:07am

Posted:2 years ago

#4
psss Simon. you added ! to the link, so folks will go erronously to a blank webpage!

Posted:2 years ago

#5

Simon Carter Technical Director, Another Place Productions

2 0 0.0

Posted:2 years ago

#6

Ben Board Developer Account Manager, Microsoft

16 24 1.5
Good luck, boys - exciting times. Hey, ever heard of Kickstarter? ;)

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Adam Clixby Technical director & co-founder, Rodeo Games

5 1 0.2
Fantastic! I can't wait to see what you get up to.

Posted:2 years ago

#8

Jamie Read Junior 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd

127 64 0.5
Good luck, looking forward to seeing what the team produces.

Posted:2 years ago

#9

Daniel Gray Producer, Hello Games

1 0 0.0
Congratulations guys, really really excited to see what you guys come up with.

Posted:2 years ago

#10

Stephen Morris Technical Director & CEO, Greenfly Studios

1 0 0.0
Congrats guys, its always nice to be your own boss but get ready to spend lots of nights up worrying about your 'baby' ;)

Posted:2 years ago

#11

David Amor CEO, Picnic Games

25 22 0.9
Magic Carpet? Dungeon Keeper? Fable? More please! Good luck guys.

Posted:2 years ago

#12

Ian Yarwood-Lovett Art Director, Microsoft

2 0 0.0
Finally!

Posted:2 years ago

#13

Dave Cullinane Account Director, RealtimeUK

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Its all good for the UK Industry! :)

Posted:2 years ago

#14

Gareth Lewis Programmerist

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Good luck fellas!

Posted:2 years ago

#15

Mark Healey Creative Director, Media Molecule

1 0 0.0
About time! Wishing you guys the best of luck - not that I think you'll need it.

Posted:2 years ago

#16

Russell Watson Senior Designer, Born Ready Games

86 34 0.4
Solid team there!

Posted:2 years ago

#17

Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

954 182 0.2
Congrats and good luck!

Posted:2 years ago

#18

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

1,692 594 0.4
If they are going to self publish they need to plug in some marketing horsepower.

Posted:2 years ago

#19

Shintaro Kanaoya Business Director, Microsoft Studios

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Congrats chaps, wishing you all the best!

Posted:2 years ago

#20

Matthew Martin Associate Producer, Playground Games

4 0 0.0
Exciting news. Good luck with your new venture. I hope it gives you the creative freedom you flourish in. Looking forward to what you come up with next.

Posted:2 years ago

#21

John Cook Senior Partner, Bad Management

29 13 0.4
@ Mark - everyone needs it :-)

Posted:2 years ago

#22

Stephen Goss Director of Design, Supermassive Games

3 0 0.0
Glad to hear there's more startups - looking forward to your new creations!

Posted:2 years ago

#23

Mark Knight Lead Sound Designer, Codemasters

2 0 0.0
All the best of luck guys, never really got to know you back in the Bullfrog days (except from the Scottish one, grin) - but its always excited to see what the talent from back then come up with.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Mark Knight on 1st March 2012 6:12pm

Posted:2 years ago

#24

Tony Cox Director of Development, Microsoft

6 0 0.0
Good luck, guys!

Posted:2 years ago

#25

Daniel Dobson Senior Programmer, Mindshapes

4 1 0.3
Best of luck - Digital is the way to go :)

Posted:2 years ago

#26

Marcus Lynn Technical director, Lionhead Studios

1 0 0.0
The place seems empty without you...

Good Luck fellas and hope to catch you pubbing around Guildford... :^)

Posted:2 years ago

#27
All the best guys, let the creative spirit flow!

Posted:2 years ago

#28

Wayne Imlach Director, SuperFunPlay

1 0 0.0
Ah, and so the cycle begins again! Bigger, Bluer Box? Good luck with everything guys!

Posted:2 years ago

#29
Wohoo!

Posted:2 years ago

#30

Martin Rasmussen Scandinavian Sales Specialist, Testronic

1 0 0.0
That is really exciting news, good luck to you all, and let those creative juices flow.

Posted:2 years ago

#31

Adam Keating Account Director, Lionbridge

1 0 0.0
I cannot wait to experience the next world you guys produce! all the best.

Posted:2 years ago

#32

Zy Nicholson Author, Piggyback

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Wait a minute -- this thread is turning into a love-in for some familiar old faces. And I mean *old*.

Hello chaps. Rather than bid you good luck, I wish you all the hyperoxygenated excitement and gut-evacuating terror of doing it all over again. History says that whenever you've made an exit from one tired project, it's always been a creative bonanza for the next.


Posted:2 years ago

#33

James Ingrams Writer

215 85 0.4
The hardcore PC & console game is dead. Thank God for DOSBox!

Posted:2 years ago

#34

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