It turns out that gamers weren't the only fans of Twisted Pixel. The studio behind games including The Maw, 'Splosion Man, and The Gunstringer has been scooped up by Microsoft Studios, joining other devs including Lionhead and Rare.

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

“It is really exciting for us to solidify our long-standing relationship with Microsoft Studios, who we consider to be the leader in digital distribution and creating new innovations in gaming like Xbox Live and Kinect,” said Michael Wilford, co-founder and CEO of Twisted Pixel. “As part of the family of Microsoft Studios we look forward to bringing even bigger and richer experiences to Xbox and Twisted Pixel fans around the world.”

For more information on the Austin-based studio and some of the stories behind its games, check out our recent interview with Wilford.