Microsoft has announced today that they have acquired Texas-based indie developer Twisted Pixel
, known for such games as Splosion Man
. The acquisition was made in an attempt to differentiate Microsoft from their competition. Phil Spencer of Microsoft Studios had this to say:
Twisted Pixel has an incredible track record of 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.
Twisted Pixel seems equally excited about the new direction for the company. Co-founder Michael Wilford issued this statement:
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.
This may not be too big of a surprise for some, as Twisted Pixel has been developing for Xbox LIVE Arcade and Xbox 360 almost exclusively. This move could be looked at as a great way of keeping these creative minds of Twisted Pixel exclusive to Microsoft platforms. Based off comments in both statements, it appears we have some exciting new games coming from Twisted Pixel. There’s also a hint that we may see something from the Kinect realm once again.
This news may bring on plenty of criticism however. Many believe that it is the fault of Microsoft for making developer Rare what it is today. While Rare is doing some great stuff with the Kinect Sports
franchise, we can almost all agree that it isn’t the same as their “glory days”. Whether that is the fault of Microsoft or the studio themselves is up for debate however.
If your glass is half full though, you’d be happy to know that the unique and creative minds at Twisted Pixel are sticking solely to Microsoft systems. Both Microsoft and Twisted Pixel believe this is a way to bring “bigger and rich experiences” to fans, as Twisted Pixel’s CEO Michael Wilford put it.
Be sure to check out the interview
we did with Twisted Pixel’s Dan Teasdale earlier this week for a little insight on the developer.