Twisted Pixel, the studio behind Xbox LIVE Arcade’s Ms. ‘Splosion Man and the more recent Kinect-enabled Gunstringer, has a new home. Microsoft announced today it’s purchased the Austin-based indie developer.
Speaking to Joystiq, Microsoft Studios general manager Matt Booty said Twisted Pixel’s unique character is what drew them to the studio, and they have no plans on changing it.
“Microsoft’s a very big company, and you’ve got Twisted Pixel, a relatively smaller developer,” said Booty. “We’re very invested that they get to stay who they are, and they get to retain the magic they’ve got as a smaller indie developer. We’d like to leave the golden goose alone, so to speak.”
According to Twisted Pixel CEO Mike Wilford, there will be one change, and that’s the scale of future projects.
“Ever since the very beginning we’ve done things our way, with our own sense of humor,” he said. “I think you’re going to see more of the same type of approach to our games, but with greater resources and time. You’re going to see us be able to make bigger games and richer games going forward.”
As for Twisted Pixel’s first game under official Microsoft ownership?
“We’ve been talking with them about this IP they have called Halo that hasn’t been doing too well, we told them we could help them out with that some time,” Twisted Pixel chief creative officer Josh Bear joked. “Live action, Mad Dog McCree-style Halo, coming soon.”