'Splosion Man Developer Twisted Pixel Separates from Microsoft, Becomes Independent Studio Again

After a string of quirky hits like ‘Splosion Man and The Gunstringer, developer Twisted Pixel is breaking out on its own again after previously being purchased by Microsoft, with the studio once again becoming its own independent venture.

A new report from IGN revealed that developer Twisted Pixel has separated from Microsoft Games Studios, after originally being purchased by the company back in October 2011 and producing titles such as ‘Splosion ManMs. ‘Splosion ManThe Gunstringer, and more.

Specifically, Twisted Pixel President and CCO Josh Bear detailed that “we’ve always kept a background dialog open with [Microsoft] about the idea of returning to an independent studio model if the timing made sense for us,” with today’s news confirming that the studio will return to an independent model and allow them to work with other publishers and platforms.

Twisted Pixel Executive Producer Bill Muehl also added in a statement regarding the studio’s separation from Microsoft:

“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’s most recent title was the Xbox One launch title LocoCycle released in November 2013, though it is currently unknown at this time of their current or upcoming projects in development.

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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