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The Developer of Strider's PS4 Reboot Just Got Bought by, Er, Amazon

Posted by Sammy Barker

What the blades?

Double Helix Games is a developer that’s on the rise. Or at least, it was. Having dallied around with awful movie tie-ins such as G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and Battleship, the company – made up of former Foundation 9 employees – got the opportunity to flex its creative muscles with Microsoft’s recent Killer Instinct reboot and Capcom’s upcoming Strider re-imagining for the PlayStation 4. However, the upcoming Metroidvania may mark the last time that you see the outfit’s logo on a Sony system.

In a surprise report overnight, Tech Crunch claimed that the Californian company had been acquired by online retailer Amazon. The giant has since confirmed the news, stating that the purchase is part of the firm’s “commitment to [building] innovative games” for its customers. Of course, more likely is that it really is moving ahead with its plans to produce an Android-powered micro-console, which has been rumoured for months. At least it learned from competitor Ouya that you actually need content to succeed.

The good news is that the Kindle manufacturer is not going to prevent the studio from supporting its upcoming projects, meaning that the abovementioned hack-and-slash should get the post-release support that it deserves. Still, that earlier than expected release date is starting to make a lot of sense now, isn’t it? Has this news struck you like a bolt out of the blue, or have you been quietly anticipating Amazon’s entry into the video games space? Cut a thought into the comments section below.

[via techcrunch.com]

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rjejr

#1

rjejr said:

The headline made me think Amazon bought Capcom. (I really need to get developers and publishers straight.) Now that would have been news.

Maybe Amazon will beat everybody to the punch and come out w/ a Vita like Kindle device that outputs to the tv via a Chromecast dongle like the Ouya. What the Nintendo 2DS should have done. Or Vita TV. Why Sony didn't just stick a Vita tv dongle or cable in the Vita box l'll never know. I mean seriously, why not just have a long HDMI cable hook up the Vita to the tv, why make another $100 device? I don't get it at all.

Maybe Amazon will do it. Somebody has to, we're all waiting for it. I just hope when it finally happens it has a better controller than Steambox.

TasukiStaff

#3

Tasuki said:

Honestly with all these companies trying to come out with microconsoles and such it kinda scares me, It reminds me of the Video Game Crash of 83. Hopefully the end result wont happen.

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#4

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Vita is the standard. I doubt very much anyone else is going to produce anything near as good. Amazon Google apple and such are likely to buy up lots of these companies. The android market is gigantic and groing. Is there any news on consoles shipping to China yet...

JaxonH

#6

JaxonH said:

@Tasuki

Right. All these companies trying to get their foot in the door, all the while the market is shrinking. Nintendo's gonna be fighting hard to regain what home console market share it can, while Sony and MS are planted pretty firmly where they are. Even if there WAS room in the market, that will surely be gobbled up by Valve and their console/PC hybrids. And Nintendo's not giving up any of it's handheld market, and what little is left will be sucked away by the Vita. I really don't see this ending well for Amazon, Ouya, or anyone else bold enough to make such a move. The market is saturated.

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