Microsoft nabs Twisted Pixel

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Twisted Pixel, the developers behind some of this generation’s most quirky games like The Maw, ‘Splosion Man and fantastic Kinect title The Gunstringer has been swallowed up by Microsoft Gaming Studios – joining RARE and Lionhead as first party studios.

News of the acquisition was delivered by Xbox’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb today via twitter and his blog. 

“Twisted Pixel has an incredible track record of innovative, critically acclaimed, and most importantly, fun, games,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president, Microsoft Studios via press release. “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.”

“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.”

I love Twisted Pixel, and its acquisition is a smart one by Microsoft. The only hope is that they’re not left doing stuff like Avatars or Kinect-only games and are free to inject their brand of irreverent humour in to more substantial fare.

Last Updated: October 12, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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