Remedy Entertainment’s Quantum Break has a rather unique solution for the problem of the game’s live-action narrative changing based on player decisions. The developer will stream the TV show portions of the game versus shipping them on the disk for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC time-bending third-person shooter.
Quantum Break’s live-action scenes have 40 different variations based on player choices throughout the game, according to narrative designer Greg Louden’s discussion with Game Informer. These variations can lengthen or shorten the episodes.
It should be a simple matter to include the video files on the game disk, right? Unfortunately, these scenes are rendered in 1080p for the Xbox One and 4K for the PC. That’s a huge file size and Quantum Break is already pushing space on a Blu-ray with a 44 GB file size. That leaves streaming as the viable alternative to shipping a second disk.
The obvious downside to streaming is this does require players to be connected to the internet while playing Quantum Break. Xbox One owners will have an option to download the all of the live-action episodes, provided they have the space on their console hard drive. PC owners won’t be so lucky though due to the 4K resolution.
Quantum Break is scheduled be released to the Xbox One and Windows 10 on April 5.
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