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Back in 2011, Microsoft bought the Austin, Texas-based game studio Twisted Pixel, creators of Xbox Live Arcade games like ‘Splosion Man and Comic Jumper. Since then, they’ve made a handful of Xbox exclusives, like the Kinect title Gunstringer. Now, Twisted Pixel has broken away from Microsoft, and is back to being an independent studio.
So what does this mean for Twisted Pixel? Well, they’ll finally be able to produce multi-platform games as opposed to Xbox exclusives with the occasional Windows release. Although they haven’t announced any concrete plans for the future, Twisted Pixel’s executive producer Bill Muehl has stated they are “looking forward to the new relationships and platforms this will open up.” Will we see a Ms. ‘Splosion Man port for PS4, or a Comic Jumper sequel on the NX? Only time can tell.
Although the studio’s last title, LocoCycle, was released to mixed reviews, ‘Splosion Man was voted the Best Original XBLA Game of 2009. With a whole new world of platforms opened up to the team, it’ll be interesting to see what they come up. In the words of Microsoft Studios general manager John Needham, “I can’t wait to see what this talented team creates next.”
Check out the E3 2013 LocoCycle trailer below: