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22Cans considered revisiting Dungeon Keeper, but decided against it – Molyneux

Lewis Denby September 30, 2012 - 11:20 am

News: Peter Molyneux considered revisiting Dungeon Keeper as 22Cans’ first title – but ultimately decided to work towards a super-ambitious new idea, instead of going back to old ones.

When starting 22Cans, Peter Molyneux considered making a new Dungeon Keeper game – or, at least, something along the same lines.

Looking back to his seminal 1990s title, Molyneux recalled wanting to make the title in order to offset “too much cuteness” that was going on in his company, Bullfrog, at the time.

And after years of Fable, Molyneux said one of his first thoughts at his new company was, “Should we revisit something like Dungeon Keeper?”

However, the idea was abandoned, Molyneux said. “We decided not to do it,” he told the Eurogamer Expo today. “Just to be clear.”

Ultimately, Molyneux decided to throw all caution to the wind and go with something completely new. With the studio’s 22 Experiments – the first of which, Curiosity, is out “in about ten days” – Molyneux hopes to work towards one ambitious title that just might work.

And the developer’s next experiment, known as Co-Operation, was described by Molyneux as a “tug-of-war” – though he didn’t go into any more details.

Molyneux’s new drive is towards an elegant simplicity. ”Anyone could think up another quest for Fable,” he pondered, “but thinking of one, pure, simple mechanic – that makes designers sweat.”

22Cans are looking to make something “simple, delightful, surprising, engaging and unique,” he said.

Somehow I get the impression that many would have preferred a new Dungeon Keeper game, but Molyneux – free from the shackles of Fable games – clearly has some real passion. I’m eager to see what he comes up with.

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Lewis is BeefJack's executive producer. He manages projects, oversees new initiatives and looks after budgets. Back in the day, he used to write about games; if he's good, we still let him sometimes. View all posts by Lewis Denby →

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