Amazon has confirmed to TechCrunch that it has purchased Killer Instinct and Strider developer Double Helix Games. The studio is comprised of former members of The Collective and Shiny Entertainment and totals 75 employees currently. TechCrunch found out about the acquisition due to the accidental announcement of a joint recruiting event for the studio taking place in Los Angeles on February 13.
"Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers," an Amazon spokesperson later told TechCrunch.
A few days ago, it was reported that Amazon is planning on launching an Android-based home console for under $300. Such a console would probably be an expansion of the company's existing Kindle Fire lineup of tablets and acquiring Double Helix may be another step towards that goal.
A few months ago, this wouldn't have made many waves. Prior to November, Double Helix was known for a slate of unimpressive licensed titles, including G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Battleship: The Video Games, and The Golden Compass. When Microsoft announced that Double Helix was behind the Xbox One reboot of Rare's Killer Instinct, fans were happy about the series' return, but afraid that the developer couldn't pull a reboot off with its track record.
It did. And this month, it hopes to show that it has reboots down pat with the all-new Strider. So now, Double Helix Games is riding slightly higher and Amazon has decided it wants the studio for whatever it's planning in the console gaming market. Killer Instinct fans don't have to worry about the acquisition ruining further development on that title; Amazon says that Double Helix's other commitments will still be supported. The releases of Spinal and Fulgore are still in safe hands.
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