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Peter Molyneux's Twitter account hacked, posts fake retirement announcement

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

If you heard that veteran game designer Peter Molyneux — best known for his work on Populous, Fable, and, more recently, Godus and Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube? — was retiring from game development, you heard wrong. Molyneux's Twitter account was the target of a hack today, according to his company, 22Cans.

Earlier today, Molyneux's account tweeted that he was retiring from the games industry and that his studio's latest game, Godus, was being pulled from the Steam store. The account also tweeted that 2010 Xbox 360 game Fable 3 was Molyneux's "biggest mistake" and that "it pushed me and my team to the limits."

Those tweets were not legitimate, according to 22Cans' Colin Gallacher.

"Peter's twitter account was the target of a hack," Gallacher said in an email to Polygon. "The tweets posted were not by Peter himself and do not represent the views of Peter.

"Basically - Peter is not retiring and Godus is not being pulled from the store."

Molyneux seems to have gained control of his Twitter account, offering his own evidence that the retirement tweets weren't his own.

Godus, which was crowdfunded through Kickstarter in 2012, has been in Steam's Early Access program since September 2013. Since then, it has received mostly negative reviews from players on Steam.