Amazon Game Streaming Service Reportedly Coming This Year (VIDEO)
As the consoles reach their next generation, so too does the format of video games themselves. Services such as PlayStation Now and Google Stadia have given their respective platform an array of titles to stream at a moment’s notice, with the likes of Microsoft also gearing up to deliver their own instant service in the near future. Retail website Amazon is also no stranger to the realm of gaming, but it looks like the company is now looking to expand into its own Amazon game streaming service by the end of 2020.
As per a recent report from The New York Times (via Prima Games), the website is looking to launch a cloud-based gaming service called Project Tempo with an announcement expected to happen sometime soon. Having been a subject of speculation for a while now, it appears that the alleged project is intended to go live sometime this year. However, this window is suggested to not be set in stone as the current COVID-19 pandemic may eventually push the supposed launch date as far back as 2021.
While little is known about an Amazon game streaming service at the moment, the company’s gaming endeavors have been pretty well-known over the last year with announcements for new MMOs based on Lord of the Rings and a new IP called New World. “The big picture is about trying to take the best of Amazon and bringing it to games,” said Mike Frazzini, Amazon’s vice president for game services and studios, to the site. “We have been working for a while, but it takes a long time to make games, and we’re bringing a lot of Amazon practices to making games.”
Announced over three years ago, the next game to arrive from Amazon’s development efforts is Crucible, a team-based sci-fi shooter originally slated to arrive late last month. However, the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has led to the game being delayed until an indefinite date in May. “We just don’t know where the world is going to be in a couple of weeks,” Relentless Studios executive Louis Castle said. Of the delay, the decision was made “rather than put a ton of pressure and onus upon a team that’s worked very hard for many years of their lives when they might be going through some pretty difficult times with themselves or loved ones.”
With several first-party games already in the works, an Amazon game streaming service would be set up pretty nicely with several pieces of content waiting in the wings. As with Google Stadia before it, there’s likely to be some big moves made in the next few months as the platform hammers down exclusives and assembles its next roster of game developers. In a future filled with cloud services, one will have to see how each stack up when Project Tempo is expected to see a launch sometime in the next year.
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