LOS ANGELES—”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,'”
That was the half-kidding way Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, Broken Age) Founder and President Tim Schafer introduced the company’s newly announced acquisition by Microsoft Game Studios. Schafer appeared on stage at Microsoft’s pre-show conference, ready to joke about the new partnership with Head of Microsoft Studios [...]
For the past couple years, Microsoft has pursued a rather aggressive policy of acquiring new studios under their Xbox Game Studio banner. After high-profile acquisitions like Ninja Theory and Obsidian last year, Double Fine Productions is the next developer to go under the Xbxo umbrella.
Double Fine Productions is the famous game studio founded by industry veteran and legend Tim Shafer. After an extremely fruitful career at Lucas Arts where Shafer helped creating cult games like Manic Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island and much more, Shafer founded Double Fine in pursue of continuing his creative work without being shackled to a large company.
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Surprising the audience in attendance at its E3 2019 press conference (and basically everyone), Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Double Fine, the studio that made Psychonauts and is currently working on its sequel.