Xbox Entertainment Studios closing

MATTHEW CODD
Last updated 12:54 18/07/2014
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Despite ambitious plans for original video programming on Xbox One, Microsoft has announced it will close Xbox Entertainment Studios amid company-wide job cuts.

Microsoft announced a restructure this morning that would see the elimination of up to 18,000 jobs over the next 12 months. The company hasn't said how many of Xbox Entertainment Studios' 200 employees will be among that group.

With goals of making the Xbox One a multi-faceted entertainment system rather than purely a games console, Microsoft had been talking up original video programming, like a Halo TV series and the soccer reality show Every Street United.

In a statement sent to Recode, Microsoft's Phil Spencer confirmed that shows already in development will continue production.

"Members of the XES team remain committed to new, original programming already in production like the upcoming documentary series Signal to Noise whose first installment takes on the rise and fall of gaming icon Atari and of course, the upcoming game franchise series Halo: Nightfall, and the Halo Television series which will continue as planned with 343 Industries," he explained.

"Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like NFL on Xbox, and we will continue to enhance our entertainment offering on console by innovating the TV experience through the monthly console updates. Additionally, our app partnerships with world-class content providers bringing entertainment, sports and TV content to Xbox customers around the world are not impacted by this organizational change in any way and remain an important component of our Xbox strategy."

-NZGamer

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