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Is Amazon developing its own game engine?

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Sources claim Amazon has signed a licensing deal with Crytek for its CryEngine.

Amazon may have signed a licensing deal with Crytek that is rumoured to be worth somewhere between $50 million and $70 million (£33 – £47 million).

According to Kotaku sources, the previously teased licensing deal between Crytek and an unknown firm was in truth with Amazon.

It is not known what Amazon is intending to do with the CryEngine technology, but some have suggested the online retail giant will use it as the basis for its own game engine.

The company has already dabbled with gaming technology with its Amazon Fire TV, a set-top box with an Android gaming lean.

Amazon has also recruited Portal project lead Kim Swift and ex-LucasArts creative lead Clint Hocking to Amazon Game Studios – strengthening rumours Amazon is about to go big in gaming.

The pair helped create Sev Zero for its Amazon Fire TV microconsole at launch.

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The online retailer also purchased Killer Instinct developer Double Helix in February this year.

That’s not all either. Amazon’s VP of Games Mike Frazzini teased an upcoming title for the Amazon Fire TV in an interview in May last year.

“We’ve already got a prototype of a game that we’ve now put into full development where there are thousands of characters on the screen simultaneously interacting,” said Frazzini in a Develop interview.

“The tremendous amount of physics and AI in this sort of game would require a high-end gaming PC, but we’re running part of it in the Amazon cloud and part of it on the device. It’s an interesting experience that we’ve always wanted to create but haven’t’ been able to due to the limitations of the devices.”

Crytek has also recently partnered with Nvidia to launch the full Crysis 3 experience on the upcoming Nvidia Shield console.

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