Microsoft continues to merge Xbox One and Windows 10 together with its next big game, Quantum Break.
Quantum Break will release on April 5 for the Xbox One and PC, being only playable on Windows 10.
The Windows 10 edition will be free for a limited time for those buying the game on Xbox One. Pre-ordering the digital version of Quantum Break on the Xbox Store or from select retailers will get buyers a free redemption code for the Windows 10 version. This pre-order promotion doesn’t include disc versions of the game. The pre-order bonus will be redeemable through the Windows Store for a limited time and must be entered by April 4.
Quantum Break is in development from Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind the first two Max Payne games and the Alan Wake franchise. The PC version is being made by Remedy and Microsoft Studios.
All copies of Quantum Break on Xbox One will come with Alan Wake (May 2010) and its two downloadable content add-ons, The Signal (July 2010) and The Writer (October 2010) from the Xbox 360. These two pieces of DLC were post-game episodes after the main story.
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, the standalone expansion released for the Xbox 360 in February 2012 on the Xbox Live Arcade, will also be given to buyers only as a pre-order bonus for both the physical and digital versions of Quantum Break.
The Alan Wake franchise will all be backwards compatible and playable on Xbox One.
Quantum Break’s recommended requirements for PC list powerful specs, such as an Intel Core i7 4790/4GHz, 16GB of RAM, 6GB of VRAM, DirectX 12 and a GeForce 980 Ti video card. [Update 2/14: Remedy revised its listing for the PC requirements. The above is for the game’s ultra settings. The recommended settings on PC are an Intel Core i5 4690/3.9GHz, 16GB of RAM, 4GB of VRAM and a GeForce GTX 970 card.]
Save data will transfer and work between both the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions of the game.
There will also be an Xbox One special edition console bundle for Quantum Break starting on March 29 for $349.99. The system comes with a 500GB hard drive, a white console and matching controller along with a token for the Windows 10 version and the Alan Wake content included in every copy. A standard black Xbox One console bundle with the game will also be available.
Quantum Break is a third-person action game about time manipulation. The game stars actor Shawn Ashmore as Jack Joyce, its main protagonist. Ashmore played Iceman in the first three “X-Men” movies and “Days of Future Past.”
In Quantum Break, a black hole experimental device allows time travel but the experiment goes wrong, creating Fractures that are destroying the world by freezing time and breaking reality. Monarch Solutions, an evil corporation run by Joyce’s best friend Paul Serene (portrayed by Aidan Gillen of “Game of Thrones”) who created the experiment, tries to stop him from preventing more Fractures and use the power for the company’s own plans. The experiment also gave certain people special powers. Joyce can bend time while Serene can see into the future. The gameplay involves third-person shooting and using special time manipulation powers.
Quantum Break also looks to intertwine the television and video game storytelling experience into one platform. There will be a live-action show with performers alongside the in-game content that shows the perspectives of Monarch Solutions and the other villains. Episodes will play at the end of each chapter. Lifeboat Productions is collaborating on the show’s creation. Choices made during the game will affect the show’s storyline, while the show will influence how players go through the campaign.
Quantum Break is the latest title in Microsoft’s attempt to expand its Windows 10 ecosystem using its Xbox One brand and game library. The company plans to release console-exclusive games on Windows 10 to sync the two platforms together.
The upcoming PC releases of Xbox One console-exclusive titles like Killer Instinct and Fable Legends will have cross-play between the two platforms. There will also be a Windows 10 version of ReCore, the action-adventure game from Keiji Inafune, Comcept and Armature Studio and Rare’s new pirate-themed, multiplayer-styled game Sea of Thieves. There’s more connectivity between Windows 10 by streaming Xbox One and Xbox 360 games to PCs, laptops and tablets running the OS. The current Xbox One dashboard is also based on Windows 10. The Windows 10 operating system launched in July 2015.
Watch the latest live-action trailer for Quantum Break: