Twisted Pixel is home to some of the more cult-favorite style hits on the Xbox LIVE Arcade. The games in their catalogue include the brand new Gunstringer for Kinect, ‘Splosion Man, Ms. ‘Splosion Man and The Maw. News broke today that Microsoft Games has purchased Twisted Pixel and can now call them a first-party studio.
Microsoft does seem to intend to keep Twisted Pixel doing what they’re good at: Making games in their own manner. Phil Spencer, Microsoft Studios Corporate Vice President, spoke about the company’s previous acquisitions and the lesson they’ve learned as a parent to smaller developers:
“I lived through the integration of FASA, through Bungie, the integration of Digital Anvil…I can go through the list of studios we’ve worked with. I can honestly say we’ve become better at working with partners and keeping them what they are…
…In the beginning, it was ‘everybody’s got to move to Redmond, kind of integrate completely into the Microsoft process,’ and that doesn’t always work for every culture. I think you have to keep to the core of ‘What is this partnership about?'”
Twisted Pixel CEO Mike Wilford reaffirmed the no-big-changes position:
“Ever since the very beginning we’ve done things our way, with our own sense of humor…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.”
And if that wasn’t enough confirmation that Microsoft wants to keep Twisted Pixel with the same passion and attitude they’ve had for years now, here’s what General Manager of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty told Joystiq:
“Microsoft’s a very big company, and you’ve got Twisted Pixel, a relatively smaller developer. 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.”
More time, more money, bigger games? We’re okay with that. As long as Twisted Pixel can retain what makes them so special in the process, this move is exciting.