Amazon unveils internal game studio, Facebook title

Online retailer jumps into development, opens up "moving object" game Living Classics as first effort.

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Amazon doesn't just want to sell games any more--it wants to make them, too. The online retail giant revealed Amazon Game Studios today, as well as its first game, a Facebook "moving object" game which pulls its scenes from classic literature.

Amazon Game Studios targets Amazon users who already play social and free-to-play games as well as other gamers, according to the developer's website. "Thanks to Amazon's know-how, we believe we can deliver a great, accessible gaming experience that gamers and our customers can play any time," it says.

The studio's first game, Living Classics, depicts illustrated locations and characters from classics including The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. Players look for hidden objects across the locales and can help friends out with a variety of shared power-ups.

Discussion

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paperwarior17
paperwarior17

So if they make a good game can I buy it for cheap from them?

SolidTy
SolidTy

It's not a game I'm interested in at all, but this news is Kind of strange.

 

Still, who knows what the future holds. Maybe in a decade, after these humble gaming beginnings, Amazon will be as big as Capcom, Konami, or even Activision in the gaming world.

saltbalsak
saltbalsak

File this under "Who gives a crap?"

xcollector
xcollector

Only people who have never played games before will be amused by this. Once you experience better you can't go back to pong.

strayfies
strayfies

I'd like to see Amazon finance a major release, cross-platforms, geared for a $60 price point and a DLC option.  The truth is, twenty-somethings can code Indie mini-games without expansive financial resources.  This is a pretty easy venture for Amazon. 

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

"Amazon doesn't just want to sell games any more--it wants to make them, too."

 

...Yes, because nothing says "game" like "facebook". smh

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

I did not expect that Amazon will jump into social gaming, and it would be interesting how successful its first game will be.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Wouldn't they rather make a Sims rip-off called "The 'Zon"?  ;)

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

This is amusing. I may check it out just to see how well Amazon did on it.