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Amazon Hires Portal's Kim Swift, Far Cry 2's Clint Hocking

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Amazon is bolstering up talent in their video game development studio, and they've got two new high-profile snags: Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking have both joined Amazon Game Studios, Kotaku has learned.

Swift, best known for helping create Portal, most recently worked at Airtight Games on the Ouya-exclusive Soul Fjord. Hocking, who has spent the past few years bouncing around between studios including Valve and LucasArts, helped create Splinter Cell and Far Cry 2.

Both high-profile designers will now work on whatever top-secret stuff Amazon's got planned, perhaps involving the recently-announced Fire TV mini-console. Or maybe they've got something bigger in the works? Amazon also recently purchased the video game studio Double Helix (Killer Instinct) and we hear they've been having conversations with game developers for quite some time now. Exciting stuff.