Microsoft To Announce New Development Team For Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct will have to find a new development team to call home.

In the midst releasing content for the free-to-play Xbox One-exclusive, it was recently announced that developer Double Helix has been purchased by Amazon, adding to the rumors that an android-based console is in the works within the company.

A Microsoft representative told Polygon that Microsoft Studios will indeed be working with a “new developmental team” for Killer Instinct.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavor,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “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.”

Those wondering what will happen to any future content for Killer Instinct, such as the release of Fulgore, Phil Spencer has stated on Twitter the franchise will continue and is something that he believes in.

With Killer Instinct now out of the hands of Double Helix, which developer would you want to see tackle the revived fighter? Let us know in the comment section below!

  • VisceralVenom

    Microsoft is continuing to astound me! Why in the hell would they allow Amazon to purchase Double Helix? I thought Microsoft has Billions in reach, but they allow a Company that doesn’t even release for anything currently buy a Company that is responsible for the amazing netcode of Killer Instinct?

    So long Killer Instinct and any future updates or Seasons. Microsoft still owns the IP Killer Instinct! People have this strange misunderstanding that Killer Instinct will release on PS4 now! lol What a shame, Killer Instinct was an amazing exclusive title for Xbox One (If you paid for everything)

    • That guy you might know

      Amazon is making me suspicious, they also have Strider.
      I’m sure they’re doing us a service to keep it away from Crapcom.

      • VisceralVenom

        You can’t keep IP’s away that are owned by Companies (Including Capcom) by purchasing the “Development Team” and people need to understand that this means nothing!

        Double Helix will probably start designing games for Amazon for Kindle or possibly Next-Gen Console some day, but Microsoft has already replaced Double-Helix for Killer Instinct. This was horrible decision on Microsoft for letting this happen, after the success of Killer Instinct with Double-Helix.

        • That guy you might know

          Ah, okay now I get it.

          But for what reason would Amazon need to purchase these games. I can sorta see KI on a tablet, though it seems like it would be a pain to deal with involving controls.

          • VisceralVenom

            No, dude, no. lol Killer Instinct is owned by Microsoft when it was purchased from RARE! Double-Helix is only a development team that created Killer Instinct for XBox One and provided support and updates.

            Amazon bought “Double Helix”. The people who originally worked on Killer Instinct. Double Helix is now owned by Amazon who will eventually start releasing new IP’s for tablets or design their own unique Video Games for Next-Gen.

            Sledge Hammer Games/Infinity Ward/Treyach are all owned by Activision that release Call Of Duty they are publishers.
            You could buy Sledge Hammer and Infinity Ward, but the only thing you bought were the people who were involved with Call Of Duty not the actual IP.

  • still can’t wait

    Why does Amazon think they can do what all the other android based failures couldn’t? I see them losing a lot of money….