Amazon made its first big foray into the gaming market by purchasing Double Helix Games, the studio responsible for the reboot of Killer Instinct, SIlent Hill: Homecoming, and a variety of other franchises. Amazon released an official statement shortly after it was revealed that they had acquired the studio:
“Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers.”
Amazon has been interested in developing games for a while, and I guess this is one way of moving forward with that. Double Helix still has Strider to develop alongside Capcom, a remake of the popular NES platformer. I’m not sure exactly what Amazon will bring to the table. I hope this is the start of something good and not an evil most foul. There’s very little details yet, but this may further fan the rumours of Amazon releasing an android powered console for below $300 (USD). Of course, there is already an existing Amazon Game Studios who made a tower defence game that looks suspiciously like Bloons Tower Defence.
I honestly don’t mind if Amazon releases a console, I just hope they don’t become a King.com situation and trademark the entire Amazon rainforest and make social match three freemium puzzle games. I still want Amazon Prime to be a thing though, just so I can see unmanned drones flying overhead and realise that I am living in the future I once saw in movies as a child. Oh, who am I kidding? They’ll probably be the next Zynga.
Last Updated: February 6, 2014