When Quantum Break was announced at Xbox’s E3 2013 press conference, I was hopeful. Remedy, the developers behind the game, have done exceptional work on their previous IP’s – from Max Payne to Alan Wake, the latter being one of my favourite games of all time.
The bold new direction of Quantum Break was staggering, and having a TV series developed behind it made me anxious. Could they pull this off? We’ve seen this kind of thing attempted previously, last year in fact, with the release of Defiance on both the TV and Video Game front to a mediocre reception. Mind you, Defiance’s TV run is still going strong whereas the game was the one that shot itself in the foot, so it’s interesting to see how Quantum Break will enter the entertainment front.
It has been confirmed that the game will focus on the protagonist of the series – Jack Joyce – whereas the TV Series will focus on Monarch, the corporation that’s opposing his mission. It’s probably the best way to go about things, and Remedy have said that throughout the game you’ll be prompted to watch an episode to fully understand what’s happening next up. Forcing players to watch a TV Series, especially if it isn’t strong, might be the downfall of Quantum Break, but we’ll have to wait and see. I’m optimistic that Quantum Break will be a success, and if Remedy’s track record is any indication, it most likely will.
16 minutes of gameplay footage has been released on IGN’s YouTube channel and it showcases what was shown at Gamescom this year and around 5 – 6 minutes of extra footage. If you’ve already seen the Gamescom demo, skip through to around the 10 minute mark and enjoy the new gameplay.
Quantum Break is slated for a 2015 release exclusively on Xbox One.