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Microsoft announced today that the Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break won't be coming out in 2015. They've pushed the release date for the third-person shooter into next year.
“With so many Xbox One games launching this year, moving Quantum Break to 2016 extends our incredible portfolio into next year with a monster new IP,” said Shannon Loftis, Head of Publishing at Microsoft Studios.
That's an interesting statement. You could take it to mean that Microsoft delayed Quantum Break's release date because they've already got Halo 5 and possibly Forza 6 lined up for the fall. The more logical interpretation, though, is that Loftis is trying to put a positive spin on the news. In other words, she's saying, "Yes, we're delaying the game but we've still got other big Xbox One games coming this year."
Whatever the exact reason for Quantum Break's delay, the development team at Remedy Entertainment says they'll be able to use the extra time to tighten up the game.
“We’re really proud to be part of the incredible Xbox One line-up,” said Sam Lake, Remedy's creative director. “We thank our fans for their patience, and want them to know that the team is taking advantage of this opportunity to polish and fine tune the game to create the kind of standout entertainment experience they’ve come to expect from us.”
Quantum Break takes place in the wake of time travel experiment gone wrong. One side effect is that time now unexpectedly freezes. Jack Joyce, one of the protagonists of the game, was given time manipulation powers by the experiment. For example, he can slow down the world around him to get an edge in a gunfight. He must use these abilities to prevent time from breaking permanently. Jack is opposed by the sinister company Monarch Solutions, which is trying to manipulate time for their own ends. It sounds like another interesting addition to the Third-Person Shooter Except Weirder genre that Remedy previously explored with Max Payne and Alan Wake.
Remedy has shared couple gameplay videos over the past couple years. They haven't said anything about the game since this fall, though. The radio silence makes the delay not all that surprising.
The game will be accompanied by a live-action show. While the game follows Jack, the show focuses on the actions of Monarch Solutions. The idea is that gamers can check out both to get a fuller appreciation of the story. Players' choices in the game also have an effect on the show's events. This hybrid approach might have also caused the delay too, as I assume Microsoft wants the show and game to launch simultaneously.