Latest reports stated that Microsoft will be shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios (commonly known as XES). Last July 17, Microsoft?s Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella announced that they are planning to cut off more than 18,000 jobs. With this announcement, Xbox Entertainment Studios will now start packing and?scratch ?ongoing plans.
The head of Microsoft?s Xbox division and Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer, stated?that the company will be closing Xbox Entertainment Studios in just a couple of months. All programming plans will be cancelled according to Spencer. However, some projects that are currently on production and being published will stay until completion. They will still support and deliver sports content such as ?NFL on Xbox?. Additionally, Xbox app partnerships will not be affected.
Even after Microsoft offered the $399 version of Xbox One minus the Kinect sensors and doubled sales last June, they were not able to top Playstation 4. There are large-scale interactive programming plans that are being processed way before the reported shut down. Sadly, these plans will never materialize as the Xbox team will have to figure another plan to get Xbox One on top.
According to Spencer?s memo last July 17:
?As part of the planned reduction to our overall workforce announced today and in light of our organization?s mission, we plan to streamline a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across Xbox. One such plan is that, in the coming months, we expect to close Xbox Entertainment Studios. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments from the entire team in XES.?
This upcoming change will greatly affect not only Xbox, but individuals who patronized their products. However, they already set their long-term goals and this one is a start. Spencer sees this as an opportunity to do something even greater that what they have accomplished.