Killer Instinct screenshot
Killer Instinct screenshot

Amazon has acquired California-based video game developer Double Helix, most famous for its Xbox One launch title Killer Instinct, the retailer has confirmed to Polygon.

"Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers," reads a statement provided by the retailer.

Reports on TechCrunch also indicate that the studio's intellectual properties are part of the deal. Killer Instinct, however, remains at Microsoft.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavour," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

"We want all of our loyal fans to know that the Killer Instinct team at Microsoft is not changing and that the franchise will remain with Microsoft Studios. We remain dedicated to delivering a great experience and plan to announce our new development partner soon. We're excited about the future of this popular franchise." Analysis

Amazon's acquisition further fuels rumours that the internet giant is gearing up to launch a video games console (of sorts) of its own, capable of playing games, movies and music – all for under $300.

Source: Polygon, TechCrunch

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tvr77@ KamSage

Amazon are much much more than simply an online retailer. They have all that cloud based online storage features and they do have there own hardware out in the world as well, meaning all there Kindle gear and don't forget Lovefilm. So its not as insane as it first seems.
Posted 13:57 on 06 February 2014
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Shafak@ NylePudding

They are developing a console. So it is no surprise they are acquiring developers.
Posted 11:13 on 06 February 2014


This is like Coca Cola buying a car manufacturer, insane business structure.
Still, this could prove to be a very wise move in the long run for Amazon. Interesting development with their drone technology and now games development.
Posted 10:25 on 06 February 2014


The rumours were that they're looking to make their own console as well.
Posted 10:01 on 06 February 2014
NylePudding's Avatar


What, Amazon? As in the online retailer? I wonder if they've bought studios before, I guess they plan to start publishing games or something.
Posted 09:58 on 06 February 2014

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