Double Helix Games, the developer supporting Microsoft’s Killer Instinct for the Xbox One, has been acquired by Amazon. Amazon has been building their in-house game development studio for their Kindle devices. Recent games made by Amazon have included Air Patriots, Simplz: Zoo, and Airport Mania HD. TechCruch reports that the acquisition was for both talent and intellectual property. Microsoft confirmed that Double Helix would no longer be working on Killer Instinct, but assured fans that they would be hiring another studio to step in.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavor. 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.”
Killer Instinct for the Xbox One recently swapped the free playable character from Thunderwolf to Orchid.