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Amazon Acquires Killer Instinct Developer Double Helix

Suddenly, rumors about Amazon getting into games became very real.

It's OK. Take a deep breath. That headline isn't a joke. Amazon--yes, the online retailer--has purchased Killer Instinct and Strider reboot developer Double Helix.

The news originally broke on TechCrunch last night, but Amazon and Double Helix have since confirmed the news.

While it's currently unclear what Amazon's intentions are for Double Helix, it's not hard to start piecing it together. The company has quickly moved into content creation the last few years, as evidenced by Amazon Studios. Long standing rumors have suggested the company plans to enter the gaming market with an Android-based console, and purchasing Double Helix sure makes those plans sound serious.

As for the future of Killer Instinct, Microsoft told Polygon it's already lined up another developer. The company did not name the studio taking over for Double Helix, however.

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Posted by Clonedzero

Well that's weird.

Posted by The_Nubster

Exciting! I wonder what this'll do to games? Hopefully shake it more than the Ouya did.

Also, it's probably important to mention that Amazon has said that they'll support Double Helix in all currently planned projects before moving on to new things.

Edited by Tricky69

Wow. This could be interesting...

Posted by MjHealy

Killer Cuts II: soon to be available on the Amazon MP3 store.

Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam

@the_nubster said:

Amazon has said that they'll support Double Helix in all currently planned projects before moving on to new things.

That's a decent gesture.

Edited by Quarters

The main thing I thought when I read this was, "Man, this seems like a really good opportunity for someone else to come in and totally screw up Killer Instinct". I don't have an X1, but it seems that a lot of people dig the game, so hopefully it isn't unfortunately affected by this.

Posted by HellknightLeon

Well that gets me thinking. Whats next for KI and whats Double Helix going to do and why them?

Posted by GaspoweR

For some reason, as a guy who follows fighting games, I do seem very worried that DH is no longer supporting KI due to this acquisition.

Posted by bybeach

I wonder if steam is getting a competitor? The article covers both hardware and content

Posted by GaspoweR

@mjhealy said:

Killer Cuts II: soon to be available on the Amazon MP3 store.

:D

Well, technically Microsoft owns the rights to Killer Instinct not Double Helix but it can still happen though!

Posted by HammondofTexas

This news made me go "BWAAA?" but now as it sinks in it makes sense.

Edited by DeadpanCakes

Huh...this is interesting...

Posted by cloudyimpulse

Well that's weird.

Just about to say the same thing.

Edited by Itwongo

Huh. Cooooool?

Posted by conmulligan

As for the future of Killer Instinct, Microsoft told Polygon it's already lined up another developer. The company did not name the studio taking over for Double Helix, however.

They should give it to Iron Galaxy. I'm totally serious, I bet they'd do a great job.

Posted by MetalBaofu

@clonedzero said:

Well that's weird.

Just about to say the same thing.

Yup. That's pretty much the thought that went through my head when I saw the headline.

Edited by soulcake

The new strider only available on the Amazon box ! take that steam box !!

Posted by PXAbstraction

So Foundation 9 Entertainment was at I think either 11 or 12 studios at their peak and after selling Double Helix, is now down to 2, Sumo Digital and Pipeworks. Sounds like that company isn't in a good way since they just sold what is far and away their most successful studio of late.

Edited by mrmortisland

It's not exactly a secret that Amazon has been "into games" for years now? They've been hiring game people for like two years at least?

Edited by agentboolen

You would have thought Microsoft might have wanted them since they did release the new Killer Instinct. Just seems liked Microsoft enjoys letting developers sleep though there hands. There lack of understanding that they need good developers under them to make the Xbox One a success just amazes me.

At this point if there not going to have a strong consistant 1st party line up there really is no need for there machine to exist.

Posted by WolfHazard

I guess that means after Fulgore we shouldn't expect to see anymore characters coming to KI? This is weird and I hope it doesn't fuck up how awesome Killer Instinct is on X1 right now.

Posted by cloudyimpulse

As for the future of Killer Instinct, Microsoft told Polygon it's already lined up another developer. The company did not name the studio taking over for Double Helix, however.

They should give it to Iron Galaxy. I'm totally serious, I bet they'd do a great job.

I'm sure they would too, but I'd be curious if Microsoft would think the same way.

Edited by BryanDaGimp

Amazon has had job postings for Amazon Game Studios up on Linkedin for months. Didn't realize they were going to be looking to snatch up studios though. Interesting, albeit weird, play.

Edited by Cubical

Great!!!! The new Killer instinct sucked balls and looked like it belonged on the xbox 360 and had nothing to do with the KI series. after playing it and finding out it sucked so hard it put me off on buying a xbone. worst art direction ever in a fighting game. locks up plays like ass only had 6 characters, no content and nothing worked.

Toss that crap KI game they made and make a real KI game.

the strider game they was working on looked decent but after playing KI I changed my mind about playing that at all and I am a huge strider fan.

Oh and silent hill fans are still pissed they ruined tons of great games series.

Them working a android power console a small step above a Ouya/phone is a great fit for them that is all they can do. bad cell phone like games is what they should be working on.

I am thrilled that there is a chance they will no longer be touching the Killer instinct series.

Good riddance double helix you will not be missed you are where you belong now cheep ouya level console.

Make a new battleship sytle first person shooter for the amazon ouya console and keep your hands off old Ips it is where they should be.

Posted by Parsnip

I would much rather see Amazon as a publisher than as a android console maker.

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Posted by vinone

Cool, I'm interested to see where this goes...

Posted by mason20

@cubical: Yes I couldn't agree more! After what they did to silent hill and not being interested in KI at all... I just wanted them to leave Strider alone so they don't mess up another I.P. they never created or just create a new game instead of clinging on to other peoples better work.

I just seem to sigh whenever I see anything announced from this company.

Edited by aidros

Cool stuff. Double Helix seems like a solid dev, with Killer Instinct being pretty good and the initial feedback from Jeff about Strider being good too, maybe they could make something good that Amazon can support and publish. I honestly hope it's more interesting and accessible than just Android software.

Posted by Cozmicaztaway

@aidros said:

Cool stuff. Double Helix seems like a solid dev, with Killer Instinct being pretty good and the initial feedback from Jeff about Strider being good too, maybe they could make something good that Amazon can support and publish. I honestly hope it's more interesting and accessible than just Android software.

Honestly. KI seemed like a good suprise. Previous Double Helix games have been, shall we say, dubious. They seem to be getting better though, so I hope this works out for them.

Posted by divergence

that's really weird... Amazon published games?

Posted by Trilogy

I'm not sure how them purchasing a development studio means that they're getting into hardware. I understand that it's the rumor going around, but wouldn't it make more sense for them to get into publishing instead?