After what feels like a long period of pretty significant investment, we finally know what the first big projects to emerge from Amazon Game Studio will look like.
Leading the lineup is Breakaway, an eSports orientated 4×4 team sports brawler” which seems tailor made to try and make the most of Amazon’s $1bn Twitch acquisition. It’s being developed by Double Helix, which was acquired by Amazon after its work on Microsoft’s Killer Instinct reboot.
This title will also be the first to feature Twitch’s new Stream+. This allows participants to gamble on the outcome of encounters and earn virtual currency by watching. How closely this will sail to the extremely sensitive stream gambling winds remains to be seen.
Also announced is third person shooter Crucible. That has 12 players working together to survive on a hostile alien world with a 13th player assuming an overseer type role – designed in part at least for mischief.
Lastly there is New World, which is an open-ended sandbox MMO set in the 17th century with supernatural overtones.