Microsoft has one less game development studio among its ranks. Twisted Pixel, the Austin, Texas-based developer that Microsoft acquired in 2011, has now broken away from its parent company to become an independent studio once again.

IGN broke the news on Twisted Pixel's new direction, with a statement from its Executive Producer Bill Muehl:

"This transition has been in the works for a few months, with both parties working together to lay the groundwork for us to spin out and become independent again. We're looking forward to the new relationships and platforms this will open up to us and continuing our strong partnership with Microsoft on future titles for their platforms."

Twisted Pixel was first formed in 2006 and has released a number of acclaimed indie games, such as 'Splosion Man, its follow-up Ms. Splosion Man and The Maw. The studio only released one game while it was owned by Microsoft: the critically panned LocoCycle for the Xbox One in 2013 and the Xbox 360 and Windows in 2014. So far, Twisted Pixel has not announced any upcoming games.

Source: IGN