Amazon has acquired Double Helix games, most recently the developer of Killer Instinct for Xbox One and the upcoming Strider game, according to a report from TechCrunch.
The deal, which includes both the company’s talent and any IPs, was leaked via an invitation to a recruiting event set to take place in Los Angeles next week. Double Helix’s 75 employees will stay in the Irvine, California office the company currently inhabits. Amazon’s social game development team is also in Irvine.
“Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,” Amazon told TechCrunch.
The acquisition could lead to any number of logical conclusions. There have been rumors of Amazon working on its own Android-based gaming console, and having an experienced developer like Double Helix, which was formed by members of Shiny Entertainment and The Collective, could give Amazon something unique and compelling to pair with its hardware.
Shiny was known for games like Earthworm Jim and MDK, while The Collective put out mostly licensed games like Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. As Double Helix, the team has worked mostly on reboots and licenses like Killer Instinct and games with colons in the titles, like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, and Silent Hill: Homecoming.
If a console isn’t in the cards, they could be looking at using all those servers they’re constantly spooling up to stream games like Sony is planning with PlayStation Now. They might even be simply looking to move into yet another form of digital entertainment now that they have their own shows on their video service.
For fans questioning the ongoing support of Killer Instinct, TechCrunch writes that Amazon will continue to support Double Helix’s current and future games following the acquisition.