Portal's Kim Swift & Far Cry 2's Clint Hocking join Amazon Game Studios

In addition to announcing exclusive games for their newly-announced Fire TV device, the company has acquired two big names to join Amazon Game Studios: Kim Swift and Clint Hocking, best known for their work on Portal and Far Cry 2, respectively.

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Amazon is getting really serious about their video game ambitions. In addition to announcing exclusive games for their newly-announced Fire TV device, the company has acquired two big names to join Amazon Game Studios: Kim Swift and Clint Hocking, best known for their work on Portal and Far Cry 2, respectively.

In addition to Portal, Swift worked on Quantum Conundrum and Soul Fjord. Hocking has additionally worked with Valve and LucasArts. News of their move was first reported by Kotaku.

With the recent acquisition of Double Helix, it's clear that Amazon is playing for keeps. "We've heard from customers that they want more from the games they play on streaming media devices--games that are rich, unique and immersive," Amazon Games VP Mike Frazzini said earlier today.

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    April 2, 2014 1:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Portal's Kim Swift & Far Cry 2's Clint Hocking join Amazon Game Studios.

    In addition to announcing exclusive games for their newly-announced Fire TV device, the company has acquired two big names to join Amazon Game Studios: Kim Swift and Clint Hocking, best known for their work on Portal and Far Cry 2, respectively.

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      April 2, 2014 1:50 PM

      I hope they get enough freedom to make something new and interesting.

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      April 2, 2014 2:03 PM

      Whoa nice

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      April 2, 2014 3:03 PM

      I think this a pretty clear signal that Amazon is going for deeper experiences than your average phone game.

      This will be great for us because it will draw more people (money) into video games, and we might see large studios take risks again on new IP.

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        April 2, 2014 3:22 PM

        I wouldn't count on it. Prepare for freemium + micro-transaction hell. Amazon wants to turn your TV into a digital slot machine that directly deposits your money into their accounts.

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      April 2, 2014 3:52 PM

      I hope they make beautiful game babies together

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      April 2, 2014 4:53 PM

      Is this a late April Fools Day post?

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      April 2, 2014 5:09 PM

      There's been a lot of departures from Valve lately. Clint Hocking, Michael Abrash...

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      April 2, 2014 6:04 PM

      I probably got about 40% through Kim Swift's Quantum Conundrum before that game bored me to sleep.

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        April 2, 2014 9:55 PM

        Then you're one sad broken motherfucker.

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          April 2, 2014 9:56 PM

          Because he played that much?

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            April 3, 2014 12:04 AM

            Look at all the SBM's in this thread. It's heartbreaking :(

            Seriously though, QC was never going to be GOTY material, it's such a tiny game really. But I think it did it's thing well, and I enjoyed it.

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      April 2, 2014 6:13 PM

      Ah nothing like overhyped game designers to add some pedigree.