Carr said he doesn’t mean any disrespect to Microsoft, who owns the British game studio, but that it’s a good thing the developer has retained a sense of identity after the departure of Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux.
In replacing Molyneux with former Crypic CEO John Needham, Carr said Microsoft did a great job in finding a boss that’s “very, very non-Microsofty.”
“And to be fair to Microsoft, they didn’t want to drop in a Microsofty person,”
Carr said. “They wanted to find somebody who fitted the culture of Lionhead. Because when they did culture tests on Lionhead, and we’re at the opposite end of the scale to where Microsoft normally are.”
Though he said the studio was naturally skeptical at first, Carr called Needham amazing, and he fits in culturally with the Lionhead team.
“They know the culture of the studio, they know we want to retain an identity, and they also knew Peter’s a difficult person to replace, and I’m glad they took so long because he’s an absolute spot-on hire,” Carr said of Microsoft.
Carr, who sits next to Needham, described Lionhead’s new boss as a people person who can relate to anyone.
“… He knows everybody in the studio by name already. He walks around. He talks to everybody. He asks them about themselves. He makes everybody feel like they’re part of the studio,” Carr said.