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Microsoft to Shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios (Updated)

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Microsoft will shut down the Xbox Entertainment Studios, ending an ambitious foray into original video programming.

The Santa Monica studio will be shuttered as Microsoft focuses on strengthening its core videogame business. The majority of the Xbox Entertainment’s 200 employees work in southern California and Vancouver, though the company refuses today how many will lose their jobs. The cuts are part of Microsoft’s company-wide restructuring announced on Thursday morning, which will see the elimination of up to 18,000 jobs in the next 12 months.

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Crazay1526d ago

WOW! Does this ever suck the big floppy one.

darklordzor1526d ago

No kidding. I hate hearing about all these people losing their jobs.

Crazay1526d ago

The Halo series is still going to go ahead apparently...but now I suspect that it's budget is going to be reduced dramatically and the show is going to look like a low end early Sci-Fi channel series.

darklordzor1526d ago

Honestly, I doubt that budget will suffer. Halo is too big of a deal for Microsoft to mess around with. What this really indicates is that they've realized that all this other stuff isn't what people were wanting out of the Xbox One.

Crazay1526d ago

They didn't mention the Quantum Break series... I wonder if this will have an effect on that. That was one of the things I was looking forward to.