UPDATE: Killer Instinct, Strider developer acquired by Amazon

Thursday, 6th February 2014 10:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Online retail giant Amazon has purchased Double Helix Games, developer of Killer Instinct for Xbox One and the upcoming Strider reboot.


UPDATE: In a statement to Eurogamer, a Microsoft spokesperson gave an update on the status of Killer Instinct development.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavour,” they began. “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’s Phil Spencer added that there is, “a plan in place for this transition.”

ORIGINAL STORY: The news comes via TechCrunch, and has been confirmed by Amazon.

“Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovate games for customers,” the company said.

Neither Amazon nor Double Helix have revealed the details of the deal, especially financial terms, but TechCrunch’s sources said the deal included talent and IP.

Double Helix will continue supporting its current and future lineup of games, Amazon said, so with any luck Killer Instinct and Strider won’t be aversely affected. Its 75 staff will continue to work out of their current location.

The acquisition was first outed by a joint recruiting advertisement mentioning both companies and inviting games developers to an event on February 13; more details are expected after this date. It is of particular note because we believe Amazon is preparing to launch an Android-based games and entertainment device this year.

Double Helix has quite a lot to offer Amazon. It was founded through the merger of legendary MDK and Earthworm Jim developer Shiny Entertainment with The Collective, which mainly worked on licensed games and ports.

The studio’s next game is Capcom’s reboot of Strider, which was dated for PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One today.
Amazon already own one games developer – Amazon Game Studios, a social team based in Irvine, California, which Double Helix also calls home.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. salarta


    This makes me wonder if Amazon is planning to move into the console service once Nintendo’s out. I’d say maybe they’d try to break in regardless, but I think the industry is a little stuck in the golden rule of three, and that it would be at the very least extremely difficult for any group to try to join the fray and be a fourth wheel.

    I know I’m going to get a lot of flak for suggesting Nintendo’s basically dead, but after the past few months alongside some remarks out of Nintendo, I really can’t see them making the changes necessary to stay relevant.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. DeVitowned

    What the FUCK?!

    #2 11 months ago
  3. DeVitowned

    @salarta well, Amazon is rumored to be entering the Android based home console market, so it makes sense to start a first party portfolio.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. BrokenSpline


    Its rumor much like the VIta was but its is practically confirmed. They have been looking to hire people that have worked in triple A. They have been doing so for the last year.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. blacktouch007

    they are really serious about doing an android console

    #5 11 months ago

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