In August, Jon penned an article listing the top ten studios Microsoft should buy. Ranked sixth was Twisted Pixel, fan-favorite XBLA developers of 'Splosion Man and The Maw, not to mention the recent Kinect marionette shooter, The Gunstringer. Well, it just so happens Jon is either clairvoyant or Microsoft was listening to our grumblings, as they've just purchased Twisted Pixel for an undisclosed sum.
"Twisted Pixel has an incredible track record of innovative, critically acclaimed, and most importantly, fun, games," boasts Microsoft's Phil Spencer. "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."
Based in Texas, Twisted Pixel has been brought in to "help incubate and develop the future of game and entertainment offerings on Microsoft's Xbox 360 platform". It's likely that the small studio will help Microsoft's internal teams deliver more Kinect-centric content, as the publisher ramps up production ahead of a busy couple of years cementing the peripheral's place in Xbox history.
"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," reveals a pretty chuffed Michael Wilford, the 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."