Second Life developer Linden Lab has acquired the experimental game studio LittleTextPeople, which specializes in exploring the emotional possibilities of interactive fiction.
This marks the first acquisition for Linden Lab since former Sims developer Rod Humble took over as CEO in 2010, and falls in line with the comapny's new strategy to experiment with game design and develop products beyond Second Life.
LittleTextPeople, founded by writer Emily Short and Maxis veteran Richard Evans, has so far focused on the development of software that replicates complex social interaction. For instance, among its internal technology is a simulator that models social behavior and individual personalities.
"LittleTextPeople brings a depth and breadth of AI and interactive story development expertise that is a great fit for Linden Lab as we launch multiple new products," said Linen Lab CEO Rod Humble.
"The result of this investment will be a new type of digital entertainment that modernizes the novel as a shared story-telling experience."
Linden Lab added it plans to launch several new standalone products later this year.