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.
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.