Double Helix Games

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Double Helix Games
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry
FateMerged into Amazon Game Studios
Predecessors
FoundedOctober 9, 2007; 11 years ago (2007-10-09)
DefunctFebruary 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)
Headquarters,
U.S.
Number of employees
75 (2014)
Parent

Double Helix Games was an American video game developer based in Irvine, California, founded in October 2007 through the merger of The Collective and Shiny Entertainment, two studios owned by Foundation 9 Entertainment. Double Helix was acquired by Amazon and integrated into Amazon Game Studios in February 2014.

History[edit]

Double Helix Games was formed as the result of a merger between The Collective and Shiny Entertainment, two video game developers owned by Foundation 9 Entertainment. Shiny had been acquired by Foundation 9 in October 2006 under the terms that it would co-locate with the already owned The Collective.[1] On October 9, 2007, it was announced that both studios had relocated to new 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) offices in Irvine, California, and were being merged, expected to not result in any job losses.[2] The amalgam, led by Michael Persson, received the name "Double Helix Games" in March 2008.[3]

In July 2009, as part of a round of consolidations within Foundation 9, Double Helix suffered an undisclosed number of staff cuts.[4] On February 5, 2014, Double Helix announced that it had been acquired by retailing company Amazon, becoming part of its games division, Amazon Game Studios.[5] The studio was to be integrated into Amazon Game Studios' existing Irvine operations.[6] Microsoft Studios, the publisher of Double Helix's Killer Instinct, stated that would be working with a new development partner to continue development on the game.[5]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
AND PS2 PS3 PS4 PSP Wii Win X360 XBO
2008 Silent Hill: Homecoming No No Yes No No No Yes Yes No
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No
2010 Front Mission Evolved No No Yes No No No Yes Yes No
2011 Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters No No Yes No No Yes No Yes No
2012 Battleship No No Yes No No Yes No Yes No
2013 Killer Instinct (season 1) No No No No No No No No Yes
2014 Strider No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
2014 UFOs love COWs Yes No No No No No No No No

Canceled[edit]

  • Harker (2008)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dobson, Jason (October 2, 2006). "Foundation 9 Acquires Shiny From Atari". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on January 31, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Hatfield, Daemon (October 9, 2007). "Shiny, Collective Merged into Mega Studio". IGN. Archived from the original on April 28, 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Androvich, Mark (March 27, 2008). "Double Helix is new Foundation 9 studio". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Graft, Kris (July 29, 2009). "Foundation 9 Confirms Staff Cuts, Merges Studios". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Farokhmanesh, Megan (February 5, 2014). "Double Helix Games acquired by Amazon (update)". Polygon. Archived from the original on April 8, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Perez, Sarah; Taylor, Colleen (February 6, 2014). "Amazon Acquires Video Gaming Studio Double Helix Games". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Clements, Ryan (April 22, 2008). "Harker On Hold". IGN. Archived from the original on April 14, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.