Microsoft issued a brief statement today to Polygon offering assurances to players concerned about Killer Instinct being abandoned after news surfaced that Amazon had acquired the game's developer Double Helix.
A Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon that Microsoft Studios will be working with a "new development partner" on Killer Instinct for Xbox One going forward.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavor," a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon. "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."
News of the acquisition first surfaced earlier in the week after an invitation was sent out to media and other interested parties about a joint recruiting event later this month being held by Amazon and Double Helix in Los Angeles. Later Amazon confirmed the acquisition but did not disclose how much it spent to buy out the Strider and Killer Instinct developer.