SPOnG recently had the pleasure of catching up with games development legend, Peter Molyneux, when we spent a rather pleasant day visiting him and his team at Lionhead's offices in Guildford.
When talking about his next, as-yet-unannounced project, Peter told us: "I can tell you the date when I got the idea for the game. It was last year - I think it was September 23. If you look in the news, there was an event that went on in the world that gave me the idea for the game."
Hmmm, that's one to ponder then. If anyone wants to hazard a guess about what news event from September 23rd last year might have inspired Molyneux to come up with an entirely new game concept, then guess away in the forums below.
When discussing his jettisoned 'Satellites' project, Peter was quite sure where it all went pear-shaped, telling us: "Yeah... That was an experiment that didn't work because we made a fatal mistake. And the fatal mistake we actually made was not becoming a publisher."
Next up, his thoughts on the Wii and on Nintendo's 'disruptive' strategy:
"...the genius of what they did was realise that consumers don't give an arse about how many bits and bobs and flips and flops and that malarkey consoles have. When we were at 32-bit and 64-bit, it was fine, but how many bits do we have now? What they care about is that they're going to get something that they haven't seen before. What they have done, brilliantly, is to say: 'Right, we're going to revolutionise not the box but what you hold,' and they've done that very well. I think Sony jumping on that bandwagon, quite blatantly, and not coming up with such a sexy message, is poor. I've played with the Wii and I still think it's a challenging name. You do get used to it, and they've made it unique. But I'm waiting for the Nintendo Poo and then they'd have the set."
We'll be bringing you some more highlights from the interview including the full low-down on Fable 2, (more of) Peter's thoughts on Sony and his new boss men at Microsoft and loads more, along with the full transcript early next week, so don't forget to check back then.
In the meantime, what actually did happen on September 23rd 2005. Come on! Help us out here. If anyone guesses correctly then we'll make Peter give you a big wad of cash. Or something.