John Needham is now the new boss of Lionhead Studios. Needham's previous posts include CEO of Cryptic Studios (Star Trek Online
) for nearly three years and CEO at Gazillion Entertainment (Marvel Universe Online
) for almost two years.
"Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and triple-A experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft's incredible hardware and software platforms," Needham says in the MCV report
. A glance at Needham's LinkedIn profile
shows a legacy well-versed in MMOs, subscription-based services and free-to-play games.
Lionhead was in the headlines last year when longtime boss Peter Molyneux left
to start 22 Cans
and put out his first experiment, Curiosity
. Lionhead Studios was purchased by Microsoft in 2006. The studio's last game was the Kinect action-adventure game, Fable: The Journey