Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, has acquired the game development studio LittleTextPeople. The company was founded by Emily Short and Richard Evans and their technology is designed to model individuals and social interactions, which will be the basis of “several new standalone products” in 2012.

“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 Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble. “The result of this investment will be a new type of digital entertainment that modernizes the novel as a shared storytelling experience.”