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Amazon buys Double Helix Games

Retail giant acquires Killer Instinct developer

Amazon has acquired Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games.

According to a report by TechCrunch, the e-commerce company has arranged a deal to buy over both Double Helix's talent and its IP.

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The news leaked when an invitation for a joint recruiting event held by both Amazon and Double Helix Games was leaked. It was expected the acquisition announcement would take place then.

Amazon later confirmed the rumour, stating: ""Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers."

Double Helix was most recently responsible for the critically acclaimed Killer Instinct reboot on Xbox One. It also recently finished development on Strider, which is due for release on February 19.

According to TechCrunch, Amazon has stated that Double Helix's current line-up of games and other future projects will continue to be supported despite the acquisition, however it unknown how long this practice will continue.

Microsoft has stated its desire to release regular 'season packs' of characters for Killer Instinct throughout the Xbox One's lifespan: it is as yet uncler how this new deal will affect these plans.

Rumours persist that Amazon continues to work on an Android-powered home console, due to be release later this year.

This console is said to be a direct competitor to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo's systems consoles and will offer the streaming and download of games, music, movies and TV content.

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