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Amazon acquires Double Helix Games

Amazon has acquired Double Helix Games (Killer Instinct), reports TechCrunch, saying the giant etailer picked up the studio's talent and IP, which includes the new Strider game that's coming next week. Double Helix was formed by a merger of Shiny and The Collective in 2007 that formed a studio called Foundation 9, which soon was renamed Double Helix. Financial details of the deal are not public at this time, but this news is fairly detail-free at this point, with Amazon providing the following statement: "Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers." TechCrunch also reports that Amazon has committed to supporting Double Helix’s current lineup of games, though they reference two future project that will no longer be pursued, saying Dirty Harry and Harker (neither of which ring any bells) are no longer expected to follow Strider. Just last week a story on VG247 said Amazon is gearing up to launch its own Android-based console this year, so this may relate to that, though Amazon acquired Reflexive Entertainment in 2008 without launching their own game system.

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