Microsoft has acquired Twisted Pixel, the Texas-based indie studio responsible for XBLA games such as Splosion Man.
Financial terms of the buyout were not disclosed.
Twisted Pixel will now “incubate and develop the future of game and entertainment offerings on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform”, Microsoft said.
The Austin-based studio will also shape future Kinect games, Microsoft claimed.
Twisted Pixel, founded in 2006, bridged close ties with Microsoft after developing The Gunstringer – originally an XBLA game which went on to become a full retail product for Kinect.
“Twisted Pixel has an incredible track record of delivering innovative, critically acclaimed, and most importantly, fun, games,” said Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer.
“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.”
Michael Wilford said it is “really exciting for us to solidify our long-standing relationship with Microsoft”.