Report: Xbox Entertainment Studios May Yet Continue
Despite last month's news of Phil Spencer shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios, a new report suggests that the property isn't necessarily dead yet.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Xbox Entertainment Studios may find life under the wing of Warner Bros. The Reporter states that the Xbox Entertainment Studios is "shopping for a new home and has had preliminary talks with Warner Bros about possibly becoming a stand-alone entity based at the studio."
If said purchase were to happen, Warner Bros. would merge XES with Machinima. That being said, the Reporter goes further to say that "the talks are still preliminary and an agreement with Warner Bros. is unlikely." Still, these reports definitely indicate that some sort of future may exist for the property.
Xbox Entertainment Studios was set to be a highly engaging and interactive form of entertainment for Xbox owners. The initial promise was for an assortment of voice-controlled TV apps, new exclusive TV shows, and other forms of visual entertainment.
By the end, Xbox Entertainment Studios only managed to pump out two shows. Despite the closure, existing projects such as Halo: Nightfall and the upcoming E.T. documentary Signal to Noise are still in production.
Even though the merger of Warner Bros. and XES might be a bit unlikely, this is good news for those who may be disappointed that they didn't get the large variety of entertainment they were promised. I for one hope some sort of deal is made for the property with someone as it feels wasteful to throw all of those potential projects down the drain.