Amazon acquires Double Helix Games

Online retailer Amazon has purchased Double Helix Games, the developer behind Xbox One fighting...

Online retailer Amazon has purchased Double Helix Games, the developer behind Xbox One fighting game, "Killer Instinct" (seen here).

Patrick Barry,

, Last Updated: 2:38 PM ET

In one of the stranger news stories of the last few weeks, Amazon has moved to pick up Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games. The studio worked on the Xbox One exclusive fighter, and has since been busy beavering away on additional DLC for the title, making the acquisition wholly unexpected by the industry at large.

Microsoft has already come out and confirmed the move, while taking the opportunity to thank the studio for its hard work and wishing the team well for the future in a statement to Polygon:

We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavour. 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.

Amazon has also made moves to confirm their purchase of the company, claiming that it's all part of their goal to "build innovative games for [their] customers", but their full intentions remain to be seen. It'd certainly be an interesting move for the company to push into the publishing business, and with digital delivery already in place through the retailer, there's definitely a solid infrastructure already there, but whether this means that we can expect to see Double Helix's next titles exclusive to PC, or if they'll be multiplatform, remains the biggest question for us.