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Lionhead veterans form new studio Another Place Productions

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.

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
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.
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Stuart Whyte Chief Publishing Officer, Lionhead Studios4 years ago
Congratulations chaps! Very excited to see what comes out of this.
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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
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Simon Carter Technical Director, Another Place Productions4 years ago
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

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psss Simon. you added ! to the link, so folks will go erronously to a blank webpage!
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Simon Carter Technical Director, Another Place Productions4 years ago
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Ben Board Developer Account Manager, Microsoft4 years ago
Good luck, boys - exciting times. Hey, ever heard of Kickstarter? ;)
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Adam Clixby Technical director & co-founder, Rodeo Games4 years ago
Fantastic! I can't wait to see what you get up to.
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Jamie Read 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd4 years ago
Good luck, looking forward to seeing what the team produces.
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Daniel Gray Producer, Hello Games4 years ago
Congratulations guys, really really excited to see what you guys come up with.
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Stephen Morris Technical Director & CEO, Greenfly Studios4 years ago
Congrats guys, its always nice to be your own boss but get ready to spend lots of nights up worrying about your 'baby' ;)
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David Amor Director, MAG Interactive4 years ago
Magic Carpet? Dungeon Keeper? Fable? More please! Good luck guys.
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Ian Yarwood-Lovett Art Director, Microsoft4 years ago
Finally!
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Dave Cullinane Account Director, RealtimeUK4 years ago
Its all good for the UK Industry! :)
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Gareth Lewis Programmerist 4 years ago
Good luck fellas!
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Mark Healey Creative Director, Media Molecule4 years ago
About time! Wishing you guys the best of luck - not that I think you'll need it.
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Russell Watson Senior Designer, Born Ready Games4 years ago
Solid team there!
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 4 years ago
Congrats and good luck!
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
If they are going to self publish they need to plug in some marketing horsepower.
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Shintaro Kanaoya Business Director, Microsoft Studios4 years ago
Congrats chaps, wishing you all the best!
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Matthew Martin Associate Producer, Playground Games4 years ago
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.
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John Cook Senior Partner, Bad Management4 years ago
@ Mark - everyone needs it :-)
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Stephen Goss Director of Design, Supermassive Games4 years ago
Glad to hear there's more startups - looking forward to your new creations!
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Mark Knight Lead Sound Designer, Codemasters4 years ago
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

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Tony Cox Director of Development, Microsoft4 years ago
Good luck, guys!
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Daniel Dobson Senior Programmer, Mindshapes4 years ago
Best of luck - Digital is the way to go :)
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Marcus Lynn Technical director, Lionhead Studios4 years ago
The place seems empty without you...

Good Luck fellas and hope to catch you pubbing around Guildford... :^)
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All the best guys, let the creative spirit flow!
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Wayne Imlach Director, SuperFunPlay4 years ago
Ah, and so the cycle begins again! Bigger, Bluer Box? Good luck with everything guys!
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Johnathon Swift4 years ago
Wohoo!
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Martin Rasmussen Scandinavian Sales Specialist, Testronic4 years ago
That is really exciting news, good luck to you all, and let those creative juices flow.
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Adam Keating Account Director, Lionbridge4 years ago
I cannot wait to experience the next world you guys produce! all the best.
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Zy Nicholson Author, Piggyback4 years ago
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.


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James Ingrams Writer 4 years ago
The hardcore PC & console game is dead. Thank God for DOSBox!
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