Xbox One's Killer Instinct not affected by sale of its developer

Microsoft says, "Our internal Killer Instinct team is still here and franchise is in good hands" after Amazon's surprise purchase of Double Helix.

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Last night, online retailer Amazon made the surprise announcement that it had purchased Killer Instinct developer Double Helix, leading some to question what that meant for the free-to-play Xbox One game's ongoing support. No need to worry, Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer assured fans, saying the company is prepared to handle the transition.

"Our internal Killer Instinct team is still here and franchise is in good hands," Spencer said on Twitter after news of the deal broke last night. "We had a plan in place for this transition."

Killer Instinct is free-to-play, but you can also purchase additional characters for $5 each. A second "season" of content is coming to the game in 2014, Microsoft told IGN last summer. The game was one of the Xbox One's 23 launch titles.

Spencer went on to say that the Killer Instinct franchise--which Microsoft owns--"will continue," because the series is something that he believes in. No further plans were revealed.

Double Helix also created the all-new Strider game coming to consoles and PC later this month. The reasoning behind Amazon's purchase of Double Helix remains a mystery, though the company reportedly has big plans for game development going forward.

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    chev7758

    I'm still waiting for Killer Instinct 3.

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    -S3R6i0-

    << LINK REMOVED >> This is it.

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    smackdowner360

    KI is the most impressive fighting game i have played in years.It blows away any fighting game before it thats for sure.With that said i can see the game changing at all because of this sell.To be honest its a good thing

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    peterdavid12345

    << LINK REMOVED >> For me MK and ST is way better.

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    chev7758

    << LINK REMOVED >> That's some good PR work there.

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    roman4545

    << LINK REMOVED >> impressive fighting game ? you must be new to the genre.... my god man... horrible that you missed SF4, MK and other great fighting franchise... this Killer Instinct is a fun game but very far from impressive..

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    Vylsith

    @smackdowner360 Soul Calibur II is the best fighting game ever IMO. Killer Instinct isn't that amazing. It's not a bad game by any means, but the fact that online isn't in sync and can lead to double wins, lack of a story mode, and only 6 available characters makes it kind of meh in my honest opinion. It would have been much better if it wasn't free to play. Fighting games really don't make sense that way...

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    rarson

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    Soul Caliber 2 sucks compared to Soul Calibur 1 and 3. I like the KI franchise, but I don't see anything significantly improved here beyond the graphics and sound.

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    g1rldraco7

    I was really worried about Amazon buying them. As lng as they don't alter the game, I am good.

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    thetravman

    What a relief. KI is the most impressive fighting game I've played in terms of mechanics and a fantastic netcode. It just needs more content and hopefully the next season will provide enough of it.

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    chev7758

    << LINK REMOVED >> lol

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    Vylsith

    << LINK REMOVED >> Fantastic netcode? You do know that it doesn't sync up correctly leading to people "winning" when they've lost on the other person's screen right? The netcode is pretty terrible, but it's a decent game for local play and tournaments (even if 6 characters is way too few).

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    beuneus12

    MK9 owns this POS, just needs decent servers :p

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    Grenadeh

    @beuneus12 No it doesn't. MK9 is pretty god damn good but they are different games, and this KI is much more complex than MK9. I have both and play both, and they are both awesome.

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    Vylsith

    << LINK REMOVED >> Since when did complex = good? I do like a challenge, but fun always beats out complexity. If it's not fun I don't care how complex it is.

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    dragonsama

    @beuneus12 Do you even have an XBO? KI is an excellent game by any standard

    I say this as someone who has an XBO,PS4,WIIU, PS3,X360,Wii, Etc...

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    deth420

    << LINK REMOVED >> dont listen to this guy! He has no handhelds, or a PC listed. he doesn't know what hes talking about!

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    Megavideogamer

    Amazon needs developers to support it's Android console. So buying Double Helix is a start. I would buy killer instinct for Xbox one if it is ever released in Disc form.

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    jttwister9

    << LINK REMOVED >> this game is too good to wait that long

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    ScreamDream

    Looks like Amazon's purchase of Double Helix means that their upcoming in home console is going to have games. << LINK REMOVED >>

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    Vylsith

    @ScreamDream I just can't figure out why Double Helix? Of all the developers they could purchase, Double Helix? Really? Killer Instinct is the only game they've developed that's even decent. The rest were crap. You don't single out Double Helix. It's no Naughty Dog or Bungie. Just seems silly and extremely unimpressive. Also, Amazon's android console is doomed to failure, and we all know it. If you're not Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo just stay out of the console business, and that includes handhelds. Double Helix is on a path to self destruction at this point.

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    blackace

    << LINK REMOVED >> No one wants an Android game console. Didn't Ouya already try that and they still haven't sold over 500K units yet.

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    deth420

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    Yeah doesnt ouya, have a separate store? cant access the games you already own?

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    ScreamDream

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I would think Amazon thinks they can get bigger than Ouya since they have video streaming. But I agree with you. I don't want one either.

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    Grenadeh

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'd drop 100 on a Ouya if I felt there was any reason to do so. Like if they released an exclusive - such as an exclusive rerererererererererelease of all the FF 1 - 9 games with achievements and some other cool features, only on Ouya.

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    Grenadeh

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I have a Transformer but I sure as hell don't use it for gaming - unless strategy guides count as gaming.

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    blackace

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>I already own a Kindle & Samsung Galaxy S2. They'd have to have a lot of AAAE on it for me to even consider getting one of those.

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    jack00

    KI is the only game I want to play who is on xbone. If this means KI can come to ps4 or if double helix can make a KI clone, I'll be happy if I can avoid buying an xbone down the line, even it if drops to 199$.

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    Grenadeh

    << LINK REMOVED >> It doesn't. MS owns Rare.

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    B00ME

    << LINK REMOVED >> No, Rare and MS own Killer Instinct, it will stay exclusive to MS. They could do a clone, but Amazon would have to have an interest in doing that as well.

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    drodriguesaar

    Killer Instinct on PS4

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    blackace

    << LINK REMOVED >> Never. Microsoft owns the rights to Killer Instinct and they might pay Double Helix/Amazon to make a sequel or a completely different game in the future.

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    berserks

    @drodriguesaar I think you miss the part about microsoft owning the franchise .
    Trust me , i wish it was possible too :(


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    Deadlysyns87

    Killer Instinct Kinect. The Future of Killer Instinct

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    R2C25

    Why does Gamespot lately been douchy in all Xbox news?

    Yes it's free to play and you can get all the characters for $5. But you can also get the whole thing for $40 and add a pin book for additional fee.

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    Slayer70

    Good question. I've always liked gamespot but their xbox1 bashing has become so obvious. Real turn off

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    B00ME

    << LINK REMOVED >> And there's also the option to buy all 8 season 1 fighters for $20.

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    Sevenstorms

    Hahahaha MS still owns the rights to Killer Instinct !!!!! So now all of you sucka Ponies who were about to talk shit about MS losing Killer Instinct can go shove it !!!!

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    jaydee114

    << LINK REMOVED >> umm... ok. this isn't even the rare developed killer instinct game anymore, so really.. who cares? the real KI was with rare and snes.

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    Grenadeh

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You clearly haven't played the new KI. It's the shit. It doesn't have arena fatalities, but no one gives a shit - arena fatalities are for noobs.

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    jaydee114

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> actually i have. and while no doubt it's a fun game.. it is by no means a game people are clamoring for. it's just another generic fighting game.

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    << LINK REMOVED >> You take this very seriously, don't you?

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    jack00

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> More like personnally it seems.

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    Alucard_Prime

    Good to hear, KI is an awesome game.

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