Microsoft Closes Xbox Entertainment Studio Division: Halo: Nightfall and Quantum Break Not Impacted by Closure

By Ryan Meitzler

July 18, 2014

While a big portion of Microsoft’s focus with Xbox One has been its “all-in-one” capabilities of games, movies, TV, and more, severe cost-cutting measures at Microsoft’s end have resulted in the shutdown of the company’s Xbox Entertainment Studio division, leading to the cancellation of a majority of the studio’s original programming.

In a memo sent to employees of the studio (overall about 200 employees), Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that Xbox Entertainment Studios would be closing, although Spencer also confirmed that current projects that the studio has been working on will still be completed: specifically, the upcoming “Signal To Noise” Atari history documentary series, the Halo: Nightfall live-action TV series debuting with The Master Chief Collection, and Remedy Entertainment’s Quantum Break.

Specifically, a Microsoft spokesperson mentioned on behalf of Quantum Break that the game “will be released next year and the game and show both remain on track.” Remedy also added that “the new of Xbox Entertainment Studios has not impacted our progress and we’re excited to share more details of Quantum Break at Gamescom in August.”

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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