Tech giant Microsoft has announced today that as part of a company sweep of lay offs, it will be closing XBOX Entertainment Studios.
For those gamers who suffered a heart attack this morning, this move is part of a restructuring initiative. Microsoft is still going to host Xbox 360 and Xbox One supports and still make games. Thought that should be cleared up first. Console gamers will not be losing everything they have.
Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division, commented for USA Today that, "Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like 'NFL. Also, gaming and entertainment apps and support will not be effected."
Microsoft is said to be purging over 18,000 jobs in order to reconstruct the company's infrastructure and to ensure good and quality entertainment and gaming products in the future. This particular studio was slated to run original and target television shows and game apps. Products were to include a television 'Halo' series and others. These ideas may yet be saved, but for the original studio who was going to produce and host them, the end has come. Rumors of a large lay off has been circulating for a while, but the apparent fallout from both employees and gamers is that no one knew the extent of the initiative and are worried as to how Microsoft will piece certain departments and goals together when it fully takes place. Instead of Microsoft focusing on television and out-of-game expansions, the hope is that they will come closer together in order to create greater games and content. This is what their console followers are hoping for.