Here's some news straight out of the Twilight Zone. Tech Crunch is now reporting that Amazon has acquired Killer Instinct and Strider developer Double Helix Games, which has since been confirmed by Amazon. All of Double Helix's current products and services, as well as their future projects, will continue to be maintained going forward, Amazon confirms. What then is Amazon really up to?
Based out of Irvine, California Double Helix will continue operations as usual. Yes, Strider is still currently in development for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 (February 18), Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC (February 19). What comes after that? Who knows. Amazon Game Studios, the company's only other developer, is also based in Irvine where they work on social and Facebook titles. Perhaps they'll work together to form Amazon's gaming battalion going forward.
We've all heard the rumor that Amazon may be at work developing an Android-based console that fits somewhere between the OUYA and last year's console launches. Perhaps the acquisition of Double Helix Games is Amazon's first foray into first-party development. Or perhaps it's a way, albeit expensive, for Amazon to test how a serious developer might treat any planned hardware they might be cooking up.
There you have it. Amazon has purchased Double Helix Games, who will continue to maintain an Xbox One launch title in Killer Instinct as well as wrapping up their development of multi-platform titles like Strider. What are you up to, Amazon?