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XBLA favourite, Twisted Pixel acquired in landmark Microsoft buy-out...
Until today, Microsoft's studio acquisitions had been focused on big studios that developed triple-A titles – Lionhead, Rare, and the former Ensemble Studios to name a few – but now the global giant has made its first major swoop for a renowned indie developer.
Twisted Pixel, which developed the much-loved Splosion Man and The Maw games for XBLA, has agreed an acquisition deal with Microsoft that effectively brings it under the Microsoft Studios label.
Microsoft's acquisition isn't necessarily an indication that it's in the market for indie studios, however. Twisted Pixel's latest game, The Gunstringer was released for Kinect through Microsoft Studios last month – with this in mind, Microsoft could simply be looking to expand its catalogue of Kinect-savvy studios.
“It is really exciting for us to solidify our long-standing relationship with Microsoft Studios, who we consider to be the leader in digital distribution and creating new innovations in gaming like Xbox Live and Kinect,” said Michael Wilford, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Twisted Pixel. “As part of the family of Microsoft Studios we look forward to bringing even bigger and richer experiences to Xbox and Twisted Pixel fans around the world.”
“Twisted Pixel has an incredible track record of delivering innovative, critically acclaimed, and most importantly, fun, games,” said Phil Spencer, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Studios. “Microsoft Studios is home to cutting-edge entertainment experiences, and the incredible creativity of the Twisted Pixel team will help drive further innovation around Kinect and Xbox Live.”
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