Amazon clearly has big plans as a game developer, but up until now those plans have been restricted to mobile devices. But it looks like that's about to change: Amazon Game Studios is currently hiring for what it describes as an "ambitious new PC game project using the latest technology."
"We believe that games have just scratched the surface."
What exactly that game will look like is unclear, but whatever it is it will be Amazon's first ever PC release. The news isn't entirely surprising, though; the studio has clearly been gearing up for something big. In addition to acquiring Killer Instinct developer Double Helix last year, Amazon has also hired notable developers like Kim Swift, designer of Portal, as well as Clint Hocking, who previously worked on franchises like Far Cry and Splinter Cell. Meanwhile, according to a report from Kotaku, Amazon has spent a lot of cash licensing the CryEngine, the same one used to make high-end PC games like Crysis 3. Outside of development, Amazon also acquired game streaming service Twitch last August for $970 million, and made gaming a big focus for its Fire TV media box.
More recently, Amazon has partnered with a number of notable game studios to act as a pseudo-publisher for mobile games, with the aim of bringing back high-quality, non-free-to-play experiences to the platform. The most recent release, the horror game Til Morning's Light, is one of the more impressive mobile games in recent memory. It was much more ambitious than your typical smartphone game, and it looks like Amazon has similar goals for its PC debut.
"We believe that games have just scratched the surface in their power to unite players," the job posting reads, "and will produce some of the future's most influential voices in media and art."