Well now, this was unexpected. Splosion Man developer Twisted Pixel has just been acquired by Microsoft, which suggests that the quirky gameplay we’ve seen in games like The Gunstringer will really not be escaping the clutches of the Xbox 360, after all.
Michael Wilford, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twisted Pixel explains:
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. 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 started five years ago as an independent Xbox LIVE Arcade developer, so it makes a lot of sense for the company to migrate further towards the publisher. The new deal will see Microsoft in a great position to “incubate and develop the future” of game and entertainment offerings for Xbox 360.
Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios is also pleased:
Twisted Pixel has an incredible track record of delivering innovative, critically acclaimed, and most importantly, fun, games. 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.