Amazon is developing a game streaming platform (code-named Project Tempo)

Ruben Fields
April 6, 2020

Amazon doesn't seem content in being one of the world's largest online retail stores, cloud service provider titan and home of the most engaging game streaming platform, but in fact, plans to test its hand at video game development.

Amazon is nearly ready to enter the gaming market.

The company will launch its second game and first triple-A title, Crucible, in May, with another massively multiplayer skirmish-em-up, New World, to follow after - but those will be more traditional releases, for consoles and PC.

The company also plans on launching New World, its other original game that will be launching in May.

The internet giant said it meant to release its first original big-budget game, an ambitious science-fiction shooter called "Crucible", in May after several coronavirus-related delays. This MMO was developed by a separate Amazon game studio based in Irvine, California, founded after Amazon acquired Double Helix Games (2014).

If Amazon were to fold Project Tempo into this service and give Twitch Prime members an instant collection of high-quality games to stream from the cloud, it could offer one heck of a value - and drive even more Amazon Prime subscriptions.

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Amazon will first make a splash onto the gaming scene with an upcoming sci-fi shooter called Crucible. "Thankfully, we're with a company that has the resources to let this new team fully gel and get a great expression out there". As a result, we could see the birth of games where streamers can interact with their viewers.

Amazon's also planning to introduce interactive games to Twitch, blurring the lines between players and viewers.

With Project Tempo, Amazon has a chance to succeed where Google has yet to. But with a cloud service, that processing happens in a corporate data farm.

There's no word on what, if anything, will set it apart from competing services. That can allow users to play games on cheaper devices without downloads. Microsoft is developing Project xCloud, its own version of the technology.

Amazon's rumoured game streaming platform could appear this year, according to a report from the New York Times, but like a lot of launches it's being disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.

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