Twisted Pixel, the indie developer for such gaming favorites as The Maw
and Splosion Man
, is spinning off from Microsoft and returning to its roots as an independent developer.
Microsoft acquired Twisted Pixel in 2011, but their relationship remained "minimally integrated," leaving the door open should the developer wish to leave the arrangement. Both companies praise each other and the work they've accomplished together. Under Microsoft's publishing umbrella, Twisted Pixel titles The Maw
, Splosion Man
, Comic Jumper
, Ms. Splosion Man
, and The Gunstringer
all came to fruition.
Now, according to Josh Bear, co-founder and Creative Director of Twisted Pixel, "the timing made sense for us" to return to being a privately held independent developer.
Bill Muehl, Executive Producer at Twisted Pixel, continues:This transition has been in the works for a few months, with both parties working together to lay the groundwork for us to spin out and become independent again...We’re looking forward to the new relationships and platforms this will open up to us and continuing our strong partnership with Microsoft on future titles for their platforms.
Twisted Pixel will continue making great games from their home base in Austin, Texas.