The sale to Microsoft means the company will no longer publisher other titles.
Last year saw Microsoft acquired multiple studios to put under their Xbox Game Studios umbrella. One of those was Double Fine Productions, the studio known for their quirky sense or humor and unique titles such as Psychonauts, Costume Quest and Grim Fandango. How much things will or won’t change for the studio and its output is up in the air, but at least one big change seems to be in the process of happening now.
In a post from developer Boneloaf, they said due to the acquisition by Microsoft that the publishing label that Double Fine had, called Double Fine Presents, is winding down and they are now looking to self-publish their title for here on out.
“What Tim and his company built is pretty wonderful, but with Double Fine Presents winding down due to Double Fine’s acquisition by Xbox Game Studios last year, we think it is a good time for Boneloaf to stand on its own… legs and publish Gang Beasts ourselves.”
If you weren’t aware, Double Fine had a publishing label that focused on publishing indie titles. Games like Gang Beasts and Knights and Bikes, for instance. While nothing official has been said about this from Double Fine, it isn’t a surprising move considering the situation.