Quantum Break will be coming to PC but not to Steam, announces Exec Aaron Greenberg. The upcoming title is exclusively available on Windows 10’s store.
Although many people were excited when Remedy Entertainment’s upcoming title Quantum Break was announced to be coming to PC, Microsoft Executive Aaron Greenberg has confirmed that the game will not be coming to Steam.
Whilst making an appearance on the latest Major Nelson podcast, Greenberg announced that the third-person action-adventure game would be available on Windows 10, exclusively on the Windows Store. Whilst Microsoft has typically had a good relationship with Valve, with Xbox Boss Phil Spencer praising Steam for it’s contribution to PC gaming, it’s hardly surprising to learn that the company would prioritize it’s own store when it comes to a major release like Quantum Break. Players who pre-order the game on the Xbox Store will also receive a free copy of the Windows version.
Greenberg also made sure to explain that the decision to bring Quantum Break to PC does not represent a move away from consoles for Microsoft. As some Xbox fans have expressed their disapproval at the decision, Greenberg responded:
“People should know, Xbox is a big priority and a huge commitment. Please do not let the fact that we are also launching a game on the same day on Windows 10 change your perspective on the importance of the console business [or] our commitment to innovating on console.”
Greenberg also went on to say that Microsoft will continue to launch new Xbox exclusives in the future, stating that the decision to release Quantum Break on the Windows Store was simply an effort to grow “the gaming ecosystem.” The executive acknowledged that fans won’t always agree with every decision Microsoft makes, but the company is still committed to trying new things.
Ever since Quantum Break‘s reveal 3 years ago, Xbox fans have been excited to see how the title lives up to Microsoft’s claims that it will “blur the line between gaming and TV”. Now that the game is reportedly so close to being finished, gamers don’t have to wait much longer, though it’s sure to be hard to live up to the expectations that have been raised so high during the long wait.
Whilst Remedy Entertainment is taking a large gamble with the live-action episodic format presented in Quantum Break, the studio has a large amount of confidence in the format, so much so that the company will be using the same TV show format in its next project when this one is done with.
Quantum Break releases April 5, 2016 for PC and Xbox One.