Microsoft Acquire Twisted Pixel

By Alastair Stevenson on October 13, 2011, 4:20AM EST

Microsoft has bought Twisted Pixel, the developer responsible for the Xbox Live Arcade cult-classics Splosion Man, Comic Jumper and Gunstringer.

"Twisted Pixel has an incredible track record of delivering innovative, critically acclaimed, and most importantly, fun, games," commented Phil Spencer, corporate vice-president of Microsoft Studios on the purchase.

"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."

Originally founded all the way back in 2006, Twisted Pixel joins a growing number of independent studios purchased by Microsoft. Most recently the company has added Rare and Lionhead to its portfolio of internal development teams.

Following news of the acquisition Michael Wilford, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twisted Pixel hinted that the company may shift from its indie focus, taking advantage Microsoft's deep pockets.

"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," commented Wilford on the acquisition.

"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."

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