Amazon acquires Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games, development on titles will continue

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • February 5, 2014 at 7:02 p.m. PST

Updated: We've updated this story with some quotes from Microsoft's Phil Spencer about the future of Killer Instinct.

In a move many people probably didn't see coming, Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, has acquired Double Helix Games, the development studio behind the new Killer Instinct on Xbox One.

While Amazon's deal includes both staff and intellectual property, it's important to note that Microsoft owns the Killer Instinct franchise, as DHG were the developers on this title.

Amazon issued this short statement about the acquisition, hit the jump to continue reading.

"Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovate games for customers."

Double Helix Games currently employs 75 people, and they will continue to work out of their Orange County office.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Amazon noted that Double Helix Games' current lineup of titles, and other future developments will continue to be supported though, so fans worried that they'd drop Killer Instinct development should rest a little easier.

Microsoft's Phil Spencer had this to say about the matter. Some have speculated that Amazon may be working on their own video game console, and this acquisition only bolsters those rumors.

The rumor is that Amazon will release a Android-powered machine coming in at under $300, that will compete directly with the PlayStation, Xbox One and Wii U.

Source: TechCrunch. Submitted by Boobstown, DarKaoZ and Originalhuman.

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