Microsoft is currently working on a layoff plan, not only abandon plans for Nokia’s X devices, but also its plans for original video programming on the Xbox.
This is all according to a recent report by Recorde, who stated that Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft Studios, has confirmed that Xbox Entertainment Studios would be closing in the coming months in a published email, in which he stated:
“Change is never easy, but I believe the changes announced today help us better align with our long-term goals, we have an incredible opportunity ahead of us to define what the next generation of gaming looks like for the growing Xbox community.”
The studio that Microsoft is closing is currently located in Santa Monica, and employs around 200 people, all of which will join Microsoft’s new restructuring plan, in which Microsoft will cut 10,000 jobs in one year.
The studios was originally created in 2012, when it appointed Nancy Tellem to lead the division when it first launched, who originally lead it to debut their Every Street United series on June 15th, alongside the announcement of a new live-action series based on the Halo franchise, which was set to be produced by Steven Spielberg.
Spencer did confirm that any already planned original programming, will continue as usual, including the Halo series, as well as the upcoming documentary series Signal to Noise.