Twisted Pixel bought by Microsoft Studios – details

Wednesday, 12th October 2011 11:05 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Microsoft’s announced its bought Twisted Pixel, making it the latest studio to join its internal Microsoft Studios arm.

The studio, which was formed in 2006, recently released Kinect title The Gunstringer, and was behind XBLA smash hits Splosion Man, Ms. Splosion Man and The Maw.

All of its future content will, obviously, now be exclusive to Xbox 360.

“Twisted Pixel has an incredible track record of innovative, critically acclaimed, and most importantly, fun, games,” said Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer.

“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 CEO Michael Wilford added: “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.”

In a subsequent interview with Joystiq, Spencer said Microsoft Studios it’s learning from previous acquisitions this time round with Twisted Pixel.

“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,” he said.

“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 is the 12th studio to join Microsoft Studios, nee Microsoft Game Studios, alongside Rare, Turn 10, Lionhead and Big Park Studio.



  1. absolutezero

    Next news story “Twisted Pixel put to work shitting out as many Kinetic titles as it can”.


    #1 3 years ago
  2. Moonwalker1982

    Twisted Pixel’s titles so far have been top quality, i just hope it won’t be all Kinect only titles from on.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. PEYJ


    Apart from the five developers mentioned in this article, who are the remaining seven?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Razor


    Was hoping for some Sony love from these guys.

    Oh well.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. daytripper

    @4 cant you play the games on a xbox?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Gheritt White

    I like ol’ Phil’s not-so-veiled reference to the complete disintegration of FASA and Ensemble, not to mention MGS’ *woeful* mismanagement of Rare.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. minxamo

    Wow, I didn’t realise Microsoft knew what the word ‘fun’ meant.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. gdogg979


    BigPark – Kinect Joy Ride
    Twisted Pixel Games – The Gunstringer, ‘Splosion Man, Ms. Splosion Man, The Maw, Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley
    Good Science Studio – Kinect Adventures
    Lionhead Studios – Fable series, Black & White series, The Movies
    MGS Family – Untitled Project
    MGS Soho – Untitled Project
    MGS Mobile Gaming – ilomilo
    MGS Vancouver – Untitled Project[13]
    Rare Ltd. – Kinect Sports, Banjo-Kazooie series, Viva Piñata, Perfect Dark series
    Turn 10 Studios – Forza Motorsport series
    Xbox Live Productions – South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!
    343 Industries – Halo series

    #8 3 years ago
  9. PEYJ

    Jesus. They have opened 6 studios in the last two years. All of them however, are mobile and Kinect Studios. Or at least, that seems likely.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    Now watch as Twisted Pixel becomes little more than an autonomous machines that churns out nothing but shit Kinect game after Kinect game, and losed all of their personality and creativity to Microsoft’s cowardly, focused tested and dull as mud design process.

    #10 3 years ago

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