For Bungie fans, it’s been four years since the studio bid Halo, and Xbox exclusivity, goodbye. The studio will return to the house that Spartan-117 built this week, when the Destiny beta opens for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.
It was confirmed by Microsoft’s Phil Spencer that Xbox Entertainment Studios will be closing in the oncoming months as part of a restructuring plan.
In a memo to the Xbox team, Phil Spencer wrote this:
“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 am pleased that Nancy (Tellem), Jordan (Levin) and members of the XES team remain commited to new, original programming already in production [...]
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is ready to have its biggest amount of layoffs in the past five years.