When it was first revealed as an Xbox One exclusive back at E3 2013, Quantum Break was quickly labeled one of the platform’s most important games. Promising a unique hybrid of television and video gaming from the get-go, updates for the game have been unfortunately slow until just recently, when it was revealed that Hollywood actors such as Shawn Ashmore had been added to the cast.
Previously, we were left in the dark as to what Ashmore’s role entailed in Quantum Break. That all changed last week at Gamescom 2015, when it was revealed that Shawn Ashmore would be playing the role of the game’s main protagonist, Jack Joyce. In the process, Ashmore retroactively replaced the previous character model that has been shown to the public in the past to represent Joyce.
Such a dramatic change to a character’s appearance is not unheard of in the industry, but even so, Remedy has spent years promoting Quantum Break with a protagonist that looks much different than Ashmore. Remedy now has the task of replacing Quantum Break‘s original protagonist with Ashmore in the minds of gamers, and as part of that process, the game has been given brand new box art months before its release on April 5th, 2016.
Check out the brand new box art below, which features star of the game Shawn Ashmore front and center:
Remedy’s hiring of Ashmore and other Hollywood talent is an intriguing move, and is probably necessary for a project as ambitious as Quantum Break. Remedy is hoping to break new ground with the game by combining television and gaming, something that has never really been done before, but by having proven actors involved with Quantum Break, they greatly increase their odds of success. Besides Ashmore, the game also features actors that have previously starred in other hit television programs such as Game of Thrones, LOST, and The Wire, so it is absolutely stacked with talent.
This talent gives the TV show portion of Quantum Break a much better chance to succeed, but Remedy still has to prove that the TV show/video game hybrid concept can work. From what we’ve seen of Quantum Break‘s time-bending gameplay, it looks as though the video game side of the coin is looking fantastic as well, but just how well these mediums will mix when brought together remains to be seen.
What do you think of Quantum Break‘s new box art? How do you feel about the game featuring a multitude of Hollywood talent? Does the television/video game hybrid nature of the title intrigue or worry you? Tell us exactly how you feel about the Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break from Remedy Entertainment in the comments.
Quantum Break will be available April 5th, 2016, exclusively for the Xbox One.