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Microsoft announced that it now owns Double Fine, the studio behind of games like Psychonauts, Broken Age, and Costume Quest. The Xbox publisher made the news public today during its press briefing ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

Double Fine is the latest developer to join Microsoft’s ever-growing group of Xbox Game Studios. At last year’s E3, Microsoft announced five new studio acquisitions, including Ninja Theory and Playground Games.

Tim Schafer founded Double Fine in 2000 after he left LucasArts, which was the studio for classic adventure game design. The studio’s first game was Pyschonauts in 2005.


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Double Fine is working on Psychonauts 2 (Microsoft showed a trailer for the 3D platformer after the announcement) and Rad, a action role-playing game with Bandai Namco publishing.

Sony had partnered with Double Fine in the past, helping to make remasters of Schafer’s classic games like Grim Fandango and Full Throttle. Now Sony’s biggest rival, Microsoft, owns Double Fine.


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