Amazon Are Making Their First PC Game

In their ongoing push to take over as the world’s Number One Supplier Of Everything, Amazon are currently looking for interested game developers to help create their first ever PC game, Gamasutra report.

The omnipresent Old Gods of Internet retail are apparently building “an ambitious new PC game project” using what they are describing obliquely as “the latest technology.” So far what this actually entails is still under wraps, although it sounds as if Amazon Game Studios are looking to incorporate streaming platforms in some way. Which isn’t surprising considering they’re the current owners of Twitch.

“Amazon is committed to gamers, and building great teams who are excited to use Twitch, the AWS cloud, and technical innovation to radically evolve gameplay,” reads a statement from the company, eyes glowing as they assume their ultimate form. “We believe that games have just scratched the surface in their power to unite players and will produce some of the future’s most influential voices in media and art.”

The Seattle-based studio have been around for just over a year now, working mostly on publishing mobile games and stuff for Amazon’s Fire TV. But they aren’t strangers to PC development either. Current devs under Amazon’s wing include Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking and Portal‘s Kim Swift, as well as former developers on Half-Life 2, The Last of Us and Shadows of Mordor.

So email your resumes and Deviant Art portfolios full of Master Chief porn to this guy.

37 Comments

  1. SMGreer says:

    That’s some real talent there, hope amazon actually let them do something interesting.

    Also it’s really weird that a big retailer like Amazon is doing games, right? Like Tesco having a games studio wing or something. Odd.

    • Radthor Dax says:

      Not really considering their absolutely massive cloud service, AWS, which thousands of businesses (and many games) rely on to operate.

    • Zenicetus says:

      They’ve been developing mobile games for their own phone, which makes sense. Frontier (of Elite Dangerous fame) has been one of the developers, and ED runs on the AWS servers. I wonder if Frontier will be drawn into this as one of the developers.

      The focus on PC is a little harder to understand. Maybe it will be an open world game like GTA where little popup windows will appear on all the cool clothing and other bling, and you can place an order to buy the real product on Amazon.

    • eliasfrost says:

      I guess it’s same as Valve? They make games but they also distribute them. Nothing too strange.

    • jellydonut says:

      Considering they already make their own (good) TV shows, making good PC games is not that much of a stretch.

      • Villephox says:

        Yeah, that’s what I was thinking, as well. I’m cautiously optimistic about this announcement, but there isn’t exactly much to it beyond “We’re making a game.” And it’ll probably be a while before we see anything substantial. Still, I’m optimistic.

      • MattM says:

        I’m always looking for my next tv obsession; which Amazon tv shows are good? The only one I have watched so far was that Chris Carter pilot and it was terrible.

  2. lowprices says:

    “So email your resumes and Deviant Art portfolios full of Master Chief porn to this guy.”

    Finally. My day has come.

  3. Eight Rooks says:

    Their mobile games have been pretty good so far. Nothing exceptional, yet, but very polished, and while I don’t know if they’ve actually sold that much it’s been good to see them sticking to premium apps (I play F2P – I put more than a hundred hours into Real Racing 3 – but it’s still good to see a big corporation backing premium). Weird, maybe, but they seem genuinely committed. Hope they can bring that to PC as well.

  4. Quiffle says:

    Amazon Warehouse Simulator 2015: Stock or Die

  5. Horg says:

    If this isn’t a MOBA I will eat my keyboard.

  6. Overflight says:

    I am halfway through Till Morning’s Light on the iPad and it’s pretty solid. If this is what we can expect from them, then I am cautiously optimistic.

  7. LexW1 says:

    Might want to get the salt and pepper ready because I very much doubt it’ll be a moba in the current sense with that team, and talking about Twitch, the cloud and “radically evolving gameplay”. I doubt it’ll be a trad MMO either.

    I would be unsurprised if it was some sort of design which was basically a spectator sport with the spectators giving some kind of input, though. Think Hunger Games.

  8. mattevansc3 says:

    Amazon Game Studios also acquired Double Helix last year so they’ve got a solid dev team behind them too.

  9. Dilapinated says:

    Those posters in the background are pretty damn pertinent to Amazon. :|

  10. twaitsfan says:

    Why isn’t it “Amazon _is_ making…”?

    • skalpadda says:

      Companies can be considered both as single entities and collectives in English.

      • Zekiel says:

        Really? I was convinced that they’re always properly singular (just like bands – so it would be “U2 is making a new album”). It just sounds odd since everyone knows that the singular company is made up of multiple people who are actually doing the work, hence why you often see the plural used.

        • Windows98 says:

          For what it’s worth, “U2 are making a new album” sounds fine to my ear (raised in Perthshire, Scotland).

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      Don Reba says:

      Possibly for the sound of a-ma-zon a-ma-king.

    • HidingCat says:

      You must be American – it seems that’s a common complaint when reading stuff written by British writers.

  11. cbn says:

    That “latest technology” is likely CryEngine. They had a licensing deal come to light a few months back.

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    burn_heal says:

    I would really think much of this announcement if it weren’t for the involvement of Clint Hocking. Interesting… are they making an immersive sim? In any case it won’t be out for a few years at least so I guess no point getting excited yet.

  13. edwardh says:

    They may try but I will never forget: link to independent.co.uk

    • Chaz says:

      Or the BBC Panorama doc about working in the UK warehouse: link to youtube.com

      I always feel guilty every time I use Amazon now, knowing how shit they treat their staff. A very contemptible company.

      • edwardh says:

        Indeed.
        For a while, I tried to rely only on other stores but they’re usually just not reliable when it comes to the stock listings reported on their websites and also don’t offer a free returns within X days service. Which is quite essential in this day and age where it’s rare that you can actually try out the things you want to buy somewhere.

        • Llewyn says:

          Look, principles are a pretty simple concept, either you maintain them or you set them aside. By all means boycott a store on the basis of their business practices, but that means you have to suck up the negatives like higher prices and lack of convenience. But don’t pretend that you care primarily about issues like workers’ rights while reluctantly continuing to use them, because you don’t; you value them less than your own convenience.

          I do have sympathy for your position. I too would like to have strong principles but know all too well that I’m pretty weak at it in practice.

      • Tacroy says:

        The thing about Amazon, though, is that yeah they’re trying to squeeze every bit of efficiency out of the warehouse workers; but at the same time they try to stay in the at least “mostly legal” side of things.

        If the conditions are appalling, then you should try to change the labor laws – because any company can set their warehouses up like that.

        • edwardh says:

          That’s true but labor laws are somewhat of a joke in most countries. And since there is no enthusiasm to make them more stringent like there was a couple of decades ago, when laws were fought for and often harsher than they are today, the only option left is to try to destroy companies that don’t willingly offer their workers decent working conditions.

  14. brivers says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what the can do with the talent they’ve assembled, but the rough part about Amazon’s Games department is that ever since they’ve started it, they’ve forbid all of their employees in any department from doing any sort of work even tangentially related to video games. Some warehouse employee just filling packages can be told they might lose their job if they so much as make a hobby game they give out for free in their spare time, because Amazon sees this as competition. Which is weird, because they don’t have that policy for other creative media they both make and sell like books or music, just video games.

  15. Olloth says:

    FYI, you wrote “this guy” with an email link, but that email address belongs to a woman.