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Quantum Break unaffected by Microsoft redundancies

Game/TV show hybrid will continue despite Xbox Entertainment Studios shutdown

Development of upcoming Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break will not be affected by the recently-announced redundancies and department closures at Microsoft, the company has confirmed.

Quantum Break offers a combination of gameplay and live-action TV show elements, leading some to believe that Microsoft's decision to shut down its original TV programming arm Xbox Entertainment Studios may have an impact on the project.


However, Microsoft has confirmed to Polygon that this will not be the case, and that Quantum Break's development will continue unaffected.

The game "will be released next year and the game and show both remain on track," a Microsoft statement read.

"The news of Xbox Entertainment Studios has not impacted our progress and we're excited to share more details of Quantum Break at Gamescom in August."

Microsoft confirmed on Thursday that it will be closing Xbox Entertainment Studios as part of significant restructuring of the company in which 18,000 staff will be laid off.

While this will signal the cut of a large portion of the studio's projects, work on some series, including Halo: Nightfall and an Atari documentary titled Signal to Noise, will continue as planned with Microsoft's backing.

In May, developer Remedy Entertainment confirmed that Quantum Break will be released in 2015. The third-person, story-driven cover shooter is comprised of an episodic action game and an episodic TV thriller which will ship in one package.