You may or may not have heard the news that Microsoft is going to close down Xbox Entertainment Studios – the Xbox branch responsible for all the original entertainment productions exclusive to Xbox, such as the Halo TV series announced last year at E3.
Whilst is does mean certain projects will be axed, it’s been detailed in the Microsoft memo sent out by Phil Spencer that Halo: Nightfall and the Steven Spielberg Halo TV series will both continue as planned, along with any other projects already in production.
An excerpt from the memo is shown below with further details on the closure of XES:
“I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments from the entire team in XES. I am pleased that Nancy, Jordan and 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.”
“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.”
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