In a bit of unsurprising news, Quantum Break has been delayed until 2016. While initially scheduled to launch sometime later this year, Microsoft Head of Publishing Shannon Loftis issued a statement explaining why the game has been delayed.
“We’ve got the strongest games lineup in Xbox history right now, with 2015 blockbuster exclusives like ‘Halo 5: Guardians,’ ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider,’ ‘Fable Legends,’ and ‘Forza Motorsport 6,’ and more we’ll announce in the coming months. With so many games launching this year, moving ‘Quantum Break’ to 2016 extends our incredible portfolio into next year with a monster new IP.”
The ambitious title sees gamers not only playing the game itself, but watching a Quantum Break live action digital series as well. After completing a phase of the game, an episode of the digital show will play. How you choose to play the game will have an impact on the show and the show will affect how you approach the game.
Quantum Break features three main characters with the ability to control time after a time travel experiment went wrong. With the delay, Quantum Break joins other notable games such as Uncharted 4 and The Legend of Zelda Wii U which have been pushed back to next year.
While the statement released by Microsoft puts a positive spin on the delay, it does contain some valid points. Microsoft already has a strong line-up of games scheduled for this year. It would be a shame to release a potentially great game and see it get overlooked during a busy time of game releases. With the delay, it can receive a proper promotional push and developer Remedy Entertainment can deliver the highest quality experience possible. If the game and digital series coincide in creative and entertaining ways, Quantum Break will truly be a game worth putting the time into.
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