Microsoft went on an acquisition spree last year, adding a number of prominent indie studios to its portfolio, including inXile Entertainment ("The Bard's Tale"), Compulsion Games ("We Happy Few"), and Ninja Theory ("Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice"). The Double Fine deal brings the total number of standalone studios currently working with Microsoft to 15.
Indie developer Double Fine Productions is joining Xbox Game Studios, head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty announced during Xbox's E3 2019 press conference.
Double Fine was founded in 2000 by former LucasArts designer Tim Schafer. It's perhaps best known for adventure games like "Broken Age" and "Grim Fandango Remastered," along with the cult classic platformer "Psychonauts," which is currently getting a sequel.
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"We’re always looking for people who share our vision for the future of gaming, teams who have built games over years through both success and adversity, and ideas that become beloved games," said Booty. "Under the leadership of industry veteran Tim Schafer, Double Fine has been a beacon of creativity and spirit in game development for almost 20 years with classic games like 'Pyschonauts,' 'Brütal Legend,' and 'Broken Age.' At the root of every game is an emphasis on creating crazy worlds with originality, story and fun. That commitment to creating a unique, player-centric experience is what drew us to the studio, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we create together."

Announced during the latest episode of Inside Xbox, Microsoft detailed the new $14.99 service, which will combine all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold with Xbox Game Pass, including the full Game Pass library of over 100 games and Xbox Live Gold online multiplayer.
Xbox Game Pass offers a curated library of over 100 great games, available to download and play at full fidelity, for one low-monthly price. "From the beginning, the service was built based on input from gamers and we’re always listening to fan feedback. Since launch, we’ve continued to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and ID@Xbox partners the same day they release," said Ben Decker, head of gaming services at Microsoft.
Microsoft is rolling up Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass into one service with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
The combination of subscription services like Xbox Live Gold, which users already must utilize if they want to play online and Xbox Game Pass, which unlocks an immediate "collection" of games to download and play at no additional charge, seems like the logical next step for those looking to go all-digital. The combination of both services acts as a complement to the upcoming Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which will leave the optical drive behind for a hard disk drive that users can instead store all of their digital titles on.
The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service will be available to select members of the Xbox Insider community who have opted into the program, and will begin rolling out to certain individuals ahead of its official launch for testing. It will debut later in 2019.” />