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    Amazon Buys Double Helix Games

    Amazon shows its hand, buys Killer Instinct developer Double Helix

    By Ryan Fleming | February 6th, 2014 12:32 PM
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    Amazon has purchased Double Helix Games, the studio behind the recent Killer Instinct remake, TechCrunch confirms. The financials behind the deal weren’t released, but the purchase reportedly includes both the talent from the studio and its intellectual property.
    Amazon and Double Helix are planning a joint recruiting event on February 13, at which time the official announcement is expected. Once the news leaked, however, Amazon was quick to issue the following statement:
    “Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers.”
    Double Helix recently developed the remake of Killer Instinct for Xbox One (Killer Instinct will remain with Microsoft, if you were wondering). Double Helix has worked on both the console and PC in the past. Some of the titles were somewhat ignominious tie-ins, including Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, while others, like Front Mission Evolved and Silent Hill: Homecoming, are continuations of existing series.
    Although this isn’t the first time Amazon has purchased a developer to help with its gaming ambitions, the news comes just weeks after rumors of Amazon’s interest in creating a $300 console dedicated to gaming and entertainment. The console is said to be powered by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor; however, Amazon has yet to comment on its existence.
    The Amazon console would be comparable to other microconsoles like Ouya and Gamestick, but it would also have the advantage of its existing library of Android games, films, and TV shows. With the purchase of Double Helix, that library stands to expand. Double Helix’s next game will be Strider for the PlayStation 3. Amazon has confirmed that future games will be supported by Amazon.


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    Hmmm. This is interesting. Not sure what will come of this.
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    Definitely interesting, but a console? That would be retarded honestly. Becoming a AAA game developer? Now that would be smart.

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    Yeah they have the money to fund a large studio. It's not a bad idea for them to test the waters.

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    could be a casual console...just for social games. it's only inevitable before that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    could be a casual console...just for social games. it's only inevitable before that happens.
    True but Nintendo pretty much is a casual console, and I feel like most people who play social games and other similar games do it as a side thing. Like on the phone or while they're checking their facebook.

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    I just this doesn't turn out to be nothing more than mobile games.




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    Looks like Killer Instinct will be coming to PS4 before long.
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    This could be a platform for Android games to be played on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacP View Post
    This could be a platform for Android games to be played on.
    ^This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-The-Rave View Post
    Looks like Killer Instinct will be coming to PS4 before long.
    Microsoft owns the IP since they own Rare.

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    Amazon is like Google...started as a definable entity...becoming a undefinable entity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacP View Post
    I have started to have dis-taste for Google since they started scanning your emails to target you for adverts.
    Google is Skynet in the making. They've bought about 8 robotics companies over the past months and recently bought a company developing AI. Aside from that it is one of the biggest, richest and most influential companies on earth. The illuminati got balls deep in that $#@! ages ago.

    Amazon isn't so sinister.

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    Definitely interesting, but a console? That would be retarded honestly. Becoming a AAA game developer? Now that would be smart.

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    I do have to admit I suspect Amazon has something very nice coming for the Fire TV and Kindle tablets now.

    Keep an eye out for Amazon to buy up old Video Game IP's and reboot them.
    That's the one thing I'd heard a while back that I don't have any info on since.

    Maybe they could buy out the unwanted Lucas Arts catalog from Disney since all they wanted was Star Wars and Indy anyway.
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    Yeah they are on the up right now. They are unveiling something that a lot of people are speculating is a 3d phone. They are branching out and a gaming console of sorts doesn't seem out of the question.




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    Quote Originally Posted by PS4freak View Post
    Yeah they are on the up right now. They are unveiling something that a lot of people are speculating is a 3d phone. They are branching out and a gaming console of sorts doesn't seem out of the question.
    They already released it.
    It was the Fire TV device.
    It's an Android TV box with that very controller that was leaked as an optional accessory for controlling games.
    http://www.amazon.com/streaming-inte...ire%20tv#games

    Yes, that looks like the rumored Amazon Phone event for sure on the 18th. I'm trying to hold off on my new phone until then.
    Sadly, it looks like Sprint will be also making announcements about acquiring tmobile by then too.
    It may all wrap together.

    It's a very powerful Qualcomm chip with none of the up/down performance issues of a battery device.
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    I didn't realize that game pad was for Fire tv. Makes sense considering it had playback buttons on it.




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