Amazon snags Killer Instinct developer

David Wildgoose
Amazon snags Killer Instinct developer

Double Helix, the studio behind the recent Xbox One fighter Killer Instinct, has been purchased by Amazon.

The news follows claims last week that Amazon is on the cusp of announcing a games-focused under-the-TV Kindle machine.

Amazon told TechCrunch that “Double Helix’s current lineup of games and other future developments will be supported”, which amongst other things includes Capcom’s Strider reboot.

Subsequently, Microsoft has told Eurogamer that the news will not impact upon Killer Instinct although the game – which is scheduled to receive a ‘second season’ of content – is seemingly now out of Double Helix’s hands.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavour," a spokesperson said.

"We want all of our loyal fans to know that the Killer Instinct team at Microsoft is not changing and that the franchise will remain with Microsoft Studios. We remain dedicated to delivering a great experience and plan to announce our new development partner soon. We're excited about the future of this popular franchise."

Microsoft Studios’ Phil Spencer added on Twitter that: “Our internal Killer Instinct team is still here and  franchise is in good hands.  We had a plan in place for this transition. [The] franchise will continue [and is] something I believe in.”

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