Xbox Entertainment Studios is No More

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Earlier this week Microsoft announced it was reducing the size of it’s overall workforce by cutting 18,000 jobs, mostly overlapping positions with Nokia after it’s acquisition last September, now it’s been revealed that as a part of that initiative they are shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios.

The L.A based studio, that employs around 200 people, was formed in an attempt by Microsoft to deliver original film content exclusively for the Xbox One console.

Taken from the official Memo:

“As part of the planned reduction to our overall workforce announced today and in light of our organization’s mission, we plan to streamline a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across Xbox. One such plan is that, in the coming months, we expect to close Xbox Entertainment Studios.”

Content that is currently being developed will continue to be supported such as “Halo: Nightfall” directed by Ridley Scott and the Halo TV Series by Steven Spielberg. Both are to continue as planned under 343 Industries.

As well the documentary “Signal to Noise”, a look at the rise and fall of the Atari console, will continue development.

It’s definitely an interesting move on Microsoft’s part. With all of the changes Microsoft has made since the debut of the console last year, the machine is quickly starting to look like a completely different product then what was initially visioned.

Even though sales of the Xbox have doubled since the release of a Kinect-free version, only time can tell if this will be a smart move for Microsoft.

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Zachary Green

Zachary Green is an award winning 3D artist currently working in Simulation Design and Development for the Oil and Gas Industry. zacharygreen614@gmail.com

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  1. Katy Pillman July 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Consumer Stance:
    Microsoft has lost my trust, NSA dll’s, DRM on Xbox plus forcing Kinect.
    Developer Stance:
    Windows 8 is a piece of ****

    • Zachary Green July 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      The DRM and Kinect requirement were both dropped, and as to the NSA issue. If you’re afraid of the NSA collecting information of you through the Xbox, then you might as well not have any sort of smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any sort of electronic that they’ve already have backdoors in place.

      And yes, Windows 8 is garbage.

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