Internet connection required to experience Quantum Break’s TV drama

Microsoft has altered the way in which it intends to deliver Quantum Break’s unusual combination of game and live-action TV show.

The original plan, as detailed last year, was to include both the game and the show on the retail disc. The idea is that as players make decision in-game an assortment of different scenarios can play out in the show, the story of which is told from the perspective of your enemies.

However, Game Informer reports that the show will no longer be included with the game and must instead be streamed over the internet.

"We have 40 different variations of the show in total where basically your choices get to make it evolve and change whether it’s from a junction choice or we have these things called ‘Quantum Ripples’ which essentially unlocked sort of deleted scenes from the show," narrative designer Greg Louden said.

"Then combined with that, the show length can change based on your decisions because some episodes are longer as a result and some episodes are shorter. It basically evolves and that’s why we needed to stream it.

I think if we only had one show, it probably would have fit, but we didn’t want to do that. We wanted to do this active experience where you negotiate the story and change it, so this was the only real solution to our problem. When we figured out how big the data was, we had to backpedal and think of some good solutions and this made sense."

Quantum Break is due out on Xbox One and, as we discovered recently, PC on April 5th.

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