Amazon buys Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games

Acquisition part of Amazon's 'commitment to build innovative games'.

Online retailer Amazon has acquired Double Helix Games, the studio behind Xbox One launch title Killer Instinct and the upcoming downloadable Strider reboot. The developer confirmed with GameSpot today that the acquisition has taken place.

An Amazon representative told GameSpot, "Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers."

According to a report on TechCrunch, the deal includes Double Helix Games staff and intellectual property. The studio's 75 employees will continue working out of the Orange County office as Amazon staff. Double Helix's current line-up of games and future plans will continue to be supported.

The story follows rumours of Amazon's plans to launch an Android-powered games and entertainment device this year. The device will reportedly cost less than $300 and allow users to stream and download games, music, movies, and TV content.

Amazon has taken several steps into the gaming industry in recent years, employing an internal game development team and hiring Halo writer Erik Nylund to become Amazon's director of narrative design for an unspecified project.

"I can't talk about specifics, but I wouldn't be there unless something cool was brewing," he said at the time. It sounds like we're going to get those specifics very soon.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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subarujawn
subarujawn

Killer Instinct Should be Released on PlayStation 4 !


Sell it Complete for $59.99 !


Now is it a possability for PS4 ?!

csward
csward

Interesting for sure, but I don't think Amazon knows what they are getting themselves into. Amazon already has trouble achieving profitability consistently and now they want to enter another business that they know little about. This has disaster written all over it.

JoenMclaren
JoenMclaren

Hope Bezo force them developers to port Killer Instinct to the PS4

lhughey
lhughey

Me thinks Amazon is building a cloud gaming console.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Mwahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa. The guys at Amazon are probably rubbing their hands together, looking at Microsoft and thinking: 'We're comming for you too, eventually...'

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

Maybe they should focus more on their crappy app store rather than buying up developers.

DustbusterGF
DustbusterGF

Developers need money.. if moneysoft wont shell out the money for a fully finished game.. go somewhere else and have a fully finished strider game

nighterrorx
nighterrorx

I like how aggressive the online Bookstore has been. If amazon would have been happy selling books they would have went under like the other bookstores. but Amazon has always wanted more. I hope this is more than a Kindle gimmick. 

nanoblast
nanoblast

Poor Double Helix, first they are force to make shitty shovelware and now that they are finally making games, they get bought by amazon and probably be force to do mobile games.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I hope they don't alter anything about Killer Instinct, I love this fighting game series and I don't want it to be tainted.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Odd move. Very, very odd. Amazon's really trying to get a finger into every available pie.

And that usually ends well.....

Steve Daley
Steve Daley

So are they gonna make a new Killer Instinct or not?

Paul Pope
Paul Pope

As long as KI remains an Xbox One exclusive, otherwise I'll have no reason to keep it!

Matt Davies
Matt Davies

Just don't forget to upgrade your hardware first

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Just because you suck at it dude doesn't mean it's bad ;-) If you're going to say that a fighter sucks don't admit that all you can do is button mash.

Jeremy Karwoski
Jeremy Karwoski

They don't own KI. They own double helix who had a contract with Microsoft for KI. They inherited the contract along with DH's employees. It says right in the title commitment to build innovative games which they will pay double helix to do

Ati Islam
Ati Islam

Killer Instinct 2, now on Kindle :|

Dan Mimmsie
Dan Mimmsie

I wonder if ps4 will get some sort of exclusives from these guys now that amazon and sony has already teamed up

Dan Rogers
Dan Rogers

Ki is a horrible game - like an old time handheld fighter. Just mash buttons till you get a wib. #NOTFUN

Draziak Demon King Durst
Draziak Demon King Durst

I can confirm to you guys that KI is NOT making it's way to other consoles, fact is Microsoft own the Killer Instinct IP and had transferred everything to do with KI to one of their own internal studios, this deal was sorted before the transaction with Double Helix and Amazon. This was confirmed by Phil Spencer this morning (depending where you live) via Twitter.

Teresa Terrell
Teresa Terrell

Amazon is taking over the consumer world. They also recent sealed a contract with the USPS for Sunday deliveries. Sounds small, but its pretty huge

Wayne G Ezard
Wayne G Ezard

Not anymore it's seems amazon does .who knows where it's going

Frederick Quatman
Frederick Quatman

Shame, they were turning into a decent developer. Well they'll have to finish their contract with Killer Instinct for Microsoft at any rate.

Dan Offerdahl
Dan Offerdahl

it'll be interesting to see what Bezos has in store for them, and if Amazon really is coming out with a console. Seems like a good sign they are.

Rusmurf
Rusmurf

Lol yes amazon should keep trying to do more and more, and eventually sucking at everything. They are doing this because for all the merchandise they sell, they don't make any money.

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

im curious about this buy they should focus more on arcade games for all platforms

danielheywood
danielheywood

I'll be sticking to my superior Nintendo Wii U and games

ToadstoolPeach
ToadstoolPeach

More PC ports maybe since they're fairly successful with digital sales?

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

Pretty sure you don't buy out a subpar dev and expect them to innovate. Sure they made Earthworm Jim and MDK before the merger, but their latest games are nothing but terrible movie games.

aguest11
aguest11

@nanoblast  "Double Helix's current line-up of games and future plans will continue to be supported." Amazon actually knows what they're doing unlike other companies... *cough*DISNEY*cough*STARWARS

hystavito
hystavito

@nanoblast  Wouldn't there be better acquisitions for Amazon to make mobile games?  Maybe Amazon wants to break into the "serious" gaming market.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@PlatinumPaladin  Actually it could be very lucrative for them, if they make games for the right markets.  We all know how F2P mobile games are basically cash farms, so there's that.  However, the MOBA genre on PC is becoming very successful and profitable, so they might go down that route.  It's like printing money (at the moment).

kraved
kraved

KI is owned by Microsoft, not Double Helix/Amazon.


Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Hayasmez  Subpar? False. Killer Instinct is a superb game. Strider is promising. They also made Front Mission Evolved and Silent Hill Homecoming - not stellar games but not sub-par.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Grenadeh  yeah, yeah... superb game my ass. Though it could be superb for xbone... I'd actaully would like to see a next-gen EWJ game.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

@2Black2Strong @IanNottinghamX@The-Neon-Seal Noone fucking said they were buying Microsoft idiot.Double Helix is not Microsoft.  Theres been rumors Amazon is making an Android gaming console. So this news means they are taking the video game business seriously.