Microsoft Acquires Game Developer Twisted Pixel to Create XBox 360 and Kinect Games

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of independent game developer studio, Twisted Pixel.

Twisted Pixel is the popular game studio behind the Xbox Live game “Splosion Man” and Kinect game "The Gunstringer."

Microsoft said the Austin, Texas game studio, established in 2006, will join Microsoft Studios to help incubate and develop engaging gaming content for the Xbox Live and Xbox 360 platform.

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

“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,” he added.

This is the first gaming acquisition Microsoft has made in the last five years. Previously, the company had acquired Lionshead Studio, which was behind the popular 'Fable' series. The company had also acquired gaming studio, Rare.

Microsoft’s aim is to have an army of developers tasked with developing engaging gaming content for Xbox 360 to differentiate the platform from rivals PlayStation 3 and Wii.