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Microsoft is to close Xbox Entertainment Studios "in the coming months", abandoning its venture into original Xbox video content.

The company previously had big plans for the studio, including a live-action Halo TV series and a documentary series based on the crash of Atari. They will reportedly continue as planned but no further content will likely be produced.

Quantum Break will remain unaffected, too, Microsoft says, despite the title being planned as a gameplay/TV experience.

In an internal memo obtained by The Verge, Xbox boss Phil Spencer thanked Xbox Entertainment Studios for building an "impressive slate of original programming" but said that in order for Xbox to be successful, Microsoft "must remain committed to being a consumer-driven organization with the mission of meeting the high expectations of a passionate fan base, to create the best games and to drive technical innovation."

He continued: "Change is never easy, but I believe the changes announced today help us better align with our long-term goals. We have an incredible opportunity ahead of us to define what the next generation of gaming looks like for the growing Xbox community. I have a great deal of confidence in this team and know that with clarity of focus on our mission and our customers we can accomplish great things together. We already have."

The news follows yesterday's announcement that Microsoft is to cut up to 18,000 jobs worldwide.


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Bremaine's Avatar


This is just going to be for their own entertainment studio (as in TV shows, movies they make). Their video game production side will continue as usual.

I'm okay with this though. It's a good sign that maybe they'll just focus on gaming and directors/producers and other studios will worry about making video based programming.
Posted 21:07 on 20 July 2014
alphafour's Avatar


what a shame! The whole xbox programming might have been a reason for me to buy into the underpowered xbox one but if they want to take this away then we're back to square one.
Posted 21:41 on 18 July 2014

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