Microsoft acquires Broken Age developer Double Fine
Microsoft has acquired Double Fine Productions, the gaming studio behind a number of popular games such as Psychonouts, Broken Age and Brutal Legend. The news was announced by the company at the Microsoft Xbox conference ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 that is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles between June 11 and June 13.
After the acquisition, the Double Fine Productions, that was founded by gaming industry veteran Tim Schafer in 2000, will largely operately independently but under the umbrella of Xbox Game Studios. This means the company would produce all the planned titles as per its original schedule. This includes launching the Psychonauts 2 -- the next iteration of one of its most popular gaming titles Psychonauts that was released in 2005 - on all gaming platforms including Xbox, Mac, Linux, PC and Play Station 4.
"Double Fine Productions is joining Xbox Game Studios...Going forward we will be focusing on Xbox, Game Pass and PC," Tim Schafer, President and CEO of Double Fine Productions said in a video.
"Being indpendent for almost 20 years has given Double Fine a distinct identity and unique spirit that goes that goes really deep here and no one's going to change that...Microsoft wants us for who we are and the kind of games we are making. So nothing about is going to change at all...And now with Microsoft's help we will be able to really knock it out of the park with Psychonouts 2 making it an even better game than it used to be," he added.
The addition of Double Fine Productions takes the number of studios producing games under the Xbox Game Studios banner to 15. "With the addition of Double Fine, there will be a total of 15 unique, standalone studios that comprise Xbox Game Studios, including our newly-created Age of Empires studio headed by Shannon Loftis and our Publishing group headed by Peter Wyse," Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios said in a press release.
Notably, the acquisition of the Broken Age developer ahead of the E3 2019 by after the Redmond, Washington based tech company comes almost a year after the acquisition of Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games, which was announced by Microsoft at E3 2018.