Amazon already owns one of the leading game streaming platform, Twitch. But that isn’t enough, as the company wants to capture a larger part of the gaming industry by creating its own games.
Reportedly, the tech giant is investing “hundreds of millions of dollars” to become one of the leading creators and distributors of games.
Amazon’s gaming chief, Mike Frazzini, said: “It was very clear to everyone that people, customers, love video games. It was so obviously important to customers that we need to be doing something.”
Amazon has already established a good name for itself in the TV and movie industry. Now, the company plans to take another huge step by releasing its first original sci-fi shooter game, Crucible. The game is set to release in May and is developed by the Relentless Studios.
Amazon’s Crucible is a team-based multiplayer game in which you survive in a hostile alien world. You have to be the last one standing by defeating your enemies and betraying your allies. It’s a strategic game that takes some inspiration from the “battle arena” games League of Legends and Dota 2.
Amazon Is Leaving No Stone Unturned
Moreover, Amazon is working on multiple MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) games, including New World and Lord Of The Rings. New World is also set to come out next month with Crucible. In the game, players will take part in a fantasy realm set in an alternate 17th century.
Amazon’s game studio set up in California, Irvine, is heading the development for both MMOs.
According to The New York Times, Amazon is also making huge investments to launch its cloud gaming platform, nicknamed Project Tempo. So, at one point, Amazon aims to stand tall against other big cloud gaming platforms such as Google Stadia, PlayStation Now, and Microsoft’s xCloud.
In addition to this, the company has developed Lumberyard, a cross-platform game engine for developers that allows “frictionless integration” with Twitch and Amazon Web Services. So, the developers can now create and host games on Amazon’s services while also enjoying the Livestream support via Twitch.