Austin-based studio Twisted Pixel Games will once again become an independent developer, spinning out from under the umbrella of Microsoft Studios.
The announcement was made by both the Splosion Man developer and Microsoft, and is labelled as a new chapter in the 10-year partnership between the two companies.
This relationship last changed when Microsoft acquired the studio in 2011, although Twisted Pixel clarifies that this was a “minimally integrated” arrangement, leaving the developer the option to return to its indie roots.
“Microsoft has been an incredible partner since day one and we’ve always kept a background dialogue open with them about the idea of returning to an independent studio model if the timing made sense for us,” co-founder and creative director Josh Bear said in a statement.
Microsoft Studios’ general manager John Needham added: “Twisted Pixel has been a great partner to Microsoft Studios, bringing a range of innovative new experiences to Xbox fans around the globe.
“I can’t wait to see what this talented team creates next and look forward to bringing their outstanding games to Xbox and Windows 10.”