Killer Instinct Amazon acquires game developer Double Helix Games

first_imgThe rumor is that Amazon is getting ready to launch a games console at some point this year. It has been hinted at several times with Amazon’s Lab 126 handling the design (it’s meant to look a lot like a PSOne) and Android being used as an OS for the machine.Now we have concrete proof Amazon has got its eyes firmly set on the games industry: Jeff Bezos’ company has just acquired an established game developer in the form of Double Helix Games.Double Helix is known most recently for the Xbox One-exclusive launch title Killer Instinct and its forthcoming release Strider across multiple platforms. But the studio has been releasing games since 2008, with notable titles including Silent Hill: Homecoming and Front Mission Evolved.Although as a developer it has no valuable IP of its own, there’s certainly a lot of experience within the company (it was formed through the merger of Shiny Entertainment and The Collective back in 2007). That combined with releases across all the major consoles and PC us probably what made it a viable acquisition for Amazon.If you’re going to release a new console on the market, you need some exclusive games with which to hit the ground running. It seems unlikely Double Helix could have a brand new console-quality game ready before 2014 is over, but Amazon may be looking for smaller game experiences to help launch its machine. A couple of those from the studio this years is certainly possible.last_img

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