Peter Molyneux Knighted

Peter Molynuex, founder of Microsoft-owned Lionhead Studios and game designer of critically-acclaimed titles such as Fable and Black and White recently received a special honor from French minister of culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.

Molyneux accepted the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knighthood in the Order of Arts and Letters) for his numerous contributions to arts and entertainment. The Minister regarded Molyneux as a visionary “who shows for every creation of his own how video games have their place in this stateroom.”

The special award is an Order of France given as recognition in special contributions made to the arts, literature and entertainment fields. “I am extremely proud to have received this honor and would like to thank the French Ministry of Culture for this recognition. I would also like to say that I see this as a credit for everyone at Lionhead Studios, all our games are a team effort. I am just the figurehead. It is fantastic to see video games honored in this way,” Molyneux said in a statement.

The distinguished game designer is currently hard at work on the sequel to 2004’s Fable, tentatively scheduled to be released on the Xbox 360 in 2008.

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