Indie developer and creator of Splosion Man and The Gunstringer, Twisted Pixel, has been snapped up by Microsoft.
indeed. this now studio has some noticeable talent that can be yield in many good ways under a wealthy cover like Microsoft.
Cool..just bought Gunslinger last week. I finally have to find out what all the noise about Splosion and Ms. Splosion are all about. Great to see a good indie get some major love. Evil
Strange thing is, splosion man could be the family friendly franchise ms have been looking for. It could easily translate into a 3d game. But whats more important is TP might be able to take over some of their other games and do something with them. I just hope they dont get stuck making only kinect games.
About time. Congrats to Twisted Pixel. They've done some great work. I'll be rocking my Splosion Man t-shirt on my avatar this week to celebrate.
MS really needs a repertoire of first-party developers; that's the true measure of long-term success for any gaming corporation.
Well said man, Microsoft really need to get a strong set of first party developers (that are actually making games) going before the next Xbox comes out I think. They own a lot of really good franchises that could use a reboot, but they still need some more devs themselves.
Saying that, I could never understand why MS never bought EPIC, surely with everybody using EPIC's engine left right and centre, MS would've seen massive profit alone from the UE3 engine alone, not to mention that they're a VERY talent developer too!
@Wit That's why they can't buy Epic, they make so much money off their Unreal engine that to buy the company is some crazy high amount of money.
Ya defiantly. Microsoft has like what, 5 studios? Lionhead Rare Turn 10 141 studios Twisted Pixel Ya I just hope they don't close them down like they have done with other studios in the past. Microsoft is in desperate need of some first party studios.
Maybe have twisted pixel work on the next Banjo game?
smartest move MS has made in YEARS looks like their finally waking upo now they need to get more talented studios
Finally ... a smart move by Microsoft
double fine is next
They are a great developer, I love all their games that I've played, especially Ms Splosion man.
Like Rare.. oh wait.
Zipper also http://www.geek.com/article...
Wait what does that article have to do with Zipper Interactive? FAIL!
Um where is Zipper in that article?.....your comment has been stamped with FAIL APPROVED!
Zipper got bad because their original employees aren't their anymore. Haven't been since socom 3.
I wonder if TP will keep it's XBLA focus.
I hope so, they make excellent downloable games, Gunstringer is great, but is a long ways off from warranting $60. . .fortunately that isn't how much they tried to sell it for.
Gunstringer was only $40 and came with Fruit Ninja Kinect added in. It also came with free DLC. Well worth that price. I can definitely see Twisted Pixel doing full release games though, they are very talented.
Well I hope they enjoy making Gunstringer 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and so on.
I wonder how many GoW and Ratchet and Clank games are out there Scholars maintain that the real number may never be known.
MMMMMM... lets see 3 GoW games with 2 PsP games, later ported to the ps3 and ratchet & Clank is more of a experimental series for insomniac now. Sooooo yeah you FAILED.
@ Number_13, why bring up R&C? Insomniac is an independant dev. Didn't you know that? They are free to work on whatever they like. Yes, they make a lot of PS3 games and almost seem like a 1st party dev team, but that just goes to show how Sony treats people.
experimental ? so they had 8 experiments going on 9 with all 4 one does that mean final fantasy is a experimental series to ?
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters and Secret Agent Clank were made for the PSP and not developed by insomniac so they dont count. Ratchet: Deadlocked was insomniac experimenting with online during the ps2 days. Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty was a multi optional game and yes also experimental and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One is also experimental as insomniac is trying to see how 4 player works for the series and was also made 4 palyer do due the fan base asking for it. So yeah all together there are only 5 main games in the whole series
Only 5 main games? The Ratchet and Clank series debuted after Halo, yet the 4th main Halo game is coming out NEXT year.
why are we even bringing up experimental stuff ?
Its a smart move considering TP are the first people to actually make a genuinly good Kinect title that isnt sports or dancing, but I just hope Microsoft dont force them to make more Kinect games, and let them do what they do best; XBLA games.
Not for Kinect I hope. It would be a shame to waste such talent on just kinect.
Gunstringer man, gunstringer. Heard about it? :p http://thegunstringer.com/
But Microsoft must know what they are doing... Twisted guys are very talented.
These guys are Great Devs, now with MS backing them will see some great things!
really food news, great move from MS! awesome games, awesome studio!
Wait what? This headline surely must be wrong...don't they mean Microsoft closes Splosion Man studio Twisted Pixel!? /s Microsoft finally aquiring studios! Good move... Twisted Pixel seems to be a good fit!
Good move their a good developer just please don't ruin them like you did Rare
This is a great move by MS. They finally might be getting it.
Heres hoping that they dont go the same route as Ensemble Studios and Bungie, now those were AWESOME studios that got the boot for unknown reasons
Ensemble reminded me of the fate of the Taj Mahal's enginneers in India. The moment they finished with the construction, the king ordered them all to be executed so no other kings will have the same grandeur as he does. The very day Halo Wars went gold, Ensemble was announced dead. Eerie.
Ensemble I'll give you. Bungie left on their own accord.
I mean Microsoft shut down Ensemble, ACES, Digital Anvil, FASA, Have allowed RARE to become a shell of themselves, and weren't savvy enough to keep their best developer, Bungie Happy. It's safe to say Microsoft has been utterly incompetent with their dev studios.....no question. I used to wonder why didn't Microsoft jump at the chance to get Bioware.... Well, thank the heavens that didn't happen.
Here;s hoping this is the start of a trend for MS!
Don't waste their talent on stupid Kinect games,Microsoft.
but gunstringer wasent stupid?
Coincidentally, a week or two ago there was a lot of noise about a poll by indie developers about which publisher/platform is best to work with.
more studios is never a bad thing. It equals more games......simple
Twisted Pixel should take care of Conker or Banjo. The humor is perfect for these games
A part of me was hoping Capcom would buy them so Captain Smiley might appear in one of their crossover games, but this was a close second. Very happy that MS is finally expanding their first party size, and now we might get a retail TP game.
smart move now buy up some more studios
well that is good i just hope i doesn't end up like rare did O.o
About time. These guys are BETTER than Rare any day. Rare is stuck doing Avatar clothes. Twisted P, you the sh*t!
Good now buy out Crytek and Epic.
Oh great! Another team of developers will be stuck making games for Kinect! Well I guess its better than nothing. At least Microsoft is buying some studios. They desperately need some exclusives.
LOL.. PS3 fans are so funny. "Kinect won't sell".. turns to "Well people are stupid for buying Kinect" "MS needs more devs".. turns to "Another studio that they'll close down" No matter what MS does right PS3 fans have an excuse.
I was just saying that Microsoft should buy Twisted Pixel after I bought and played The GunStringer. That game is simply fantastic and as "core" as it gets. They managed to do something on Kinect that hasn't been done very well as of yet. Also, who doesn't love Splosion Man? Twisted Pixel has quietly become a top developer. I said recently that a lot of the creativity in the industry lay with the XBLA people. It was obviously a relationship that works out well for everyone. I could actually see these guys work on other IP's Microsoft owns, Banjo? Conker? I think Twisted Pixel would do great with those games because they have that adult sense of humor that they let creep in with their other games. I seriously doubt we see TP do XBLA games anymore, I think we'll see more big time retail releases, Gunstringer must have sold pretty well. Congrats to TP and Microsoft and to us gamer's that will benefit in the long run.
Excellent move! Why isn't this higher in temp on N4G?!?
Are you serious? This is a pro Microsoft story. They just scooped up a very talented developer. I mean the best racing game just came out yesterday and yet the front page had stories about some GT update. This is N4G man.
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