Operating system giant Microsoft has announced acquiring San Francisco, California based game development studio Double Fine Productions through its Xbox Game Studios for an undisclosed sum. Double Fine Productions was founded in 2000 by Tim Schafer. Post the acquisition, the firm will continue to work largely externally but will be under the Xbox Game Studios entity.
The firm had crowdfunded a project called Broken Age back in 2012 where they had got $3 million. The first title released by the firm was Psychonauts which came out in 2005. Notably, as the acquisition announcement came, the firm announced the launch of Psychonauts 2 on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One and PC. Schafer commenting on the deal with the tech giant said, "For the last 19 years, we've been independent. Then Microsoft came to us and said, 'What if we gave you a bunch of money.' And I said 'OK, yeah.'"
“Being independent for almost 20 years has given Double Fine a distinct identity and a unique spirit that goes really deep here, and no one can change that. And nobody wants to. Microsoft wants us for who we are and the kind of games we’re already making,” Schafer said.”
Microsoft Xbox Game Studios' head Matt Booty commenting on the deal said, "Under the leadership of industry veteran Tim Schafer, Double Fine has been a beacon of creativity and spirit in game development for almost 20 years with classic games like Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, and Broken Age."
As the two join hands, it will be interesting to see what is there for the audience.
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