Twisted Pixel Games has announced that it is no longer a part of Microsoft Games Studios. The one-time indie studio has left Microsoft behind and is now once again a, well, indie studio.
“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,” Twisted Pixel Executive Producer Bill Muehl said in prepared statement. “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 was founded as an independent development studio in 2006 before becoming an in-house Microsoft team in October of 2011 through what’s described as a “minimally integrated arrangement.” Now, four years later almost to the day, the details of that arrangement are allowing the studio to split from Microsoft.
Microsoft has published all six of Twisted Pixel’s released titles, three of them while the studio was a subsidiary of the console holder: Ms. Splosion Man, The Gunstringer and Xbox One launch title LocoCycle.
Unsurprisingly, both parties praised the other for the experiences their partnership brought and spoke of their excitement for future Twisted Pixel games.