Gamers got their first look at Quantum Break almost three years ago, but it wasn't until mid-2014 that Xbox One owners got some idea of when to expect it, as Microsoft announced that the game was scheduled to arrive in 2015. But last year, the launch of the game - which was designated an 'Xbox One exclusive' - was pushed back to 2016.
Today, though, Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment have finally set a launch date, along with other significant announcements surrounding the game's release.
Quantum Break will be launching on the Xbox One on April 5, 2016 - but Microsoft also announced today that the game will be launching on Windows 10 on the same day. And as if that surprise wasn't enough, the company also revealed that the Windows 10 version "will be available at no additional cost for those who digitally pre-order the game on Xbox One".
The Xbox team explained:
Xbox wants to empower gamers to play the games they want with the people they want on the devices they want, so Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment will launch Quantum Break on Windows 10 simultaneously with the Xbox One version on April 5, 2016. Anyone who pre-orders the Xbox One digital version of Quantum Break through the Xbox Store, purchases an Xbox One digital token at participating retailers, or pre-orders an Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break bundle, will receive the Windows 10 version of the game downloadable at the Windows Store via redemption code.
Additionally, every copy of Quantum Break for Xbox One will come with a full copy of Remedy Entertainment's Alan Wake for Xbox 360, including the two add-on packs - The Signal and The Writer. On top of that, if you pre-order Quantum Break for the Xbox One via Xbox Store, or from participating retailers, you'll also get a full digital download of Alan Wake's American Nightmare for Xbox 360.
Of course, all of this Xbox 360 content can be played on the Xbox One through the newer console's Backward Compatibility feature.
Microsoft has also announced a new Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break Bundle with a 500GB Cirrus White console and controller, including downloads of the game itself, as well as Alan Wake and the two content packs, priced at $349 USD, which will be available from March 29.
And finally, there's a new live-action trailer, 'The Cemetery', as Microsoft explained:
Quantum Break is a unique experience; one part hard-hitting video game, one part thrilling live action show, featuring a stellar cast, including Shawn Ashmore (“X-Men”) as the hero Jack Joyce, Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) as his nemesis Paul Serene and Dominic Monaghan (“Lord of the Rings”) as Jack’s genius brother, William. Quantum Break is full of the vivid storytelling, rich characters and dramatic twists Remedy Entertainment are renowned for. Your choices in-game will affect the outcome of this fast-paced fusion between game and show giving the player a completely unique entertainment experience.
Watch Quantum Break be brought to life as Jack Joyce (Shawn Ashmore) is hunted by agents from Monarch Solutions while he mourns the loss of his brother. But time isn’t the same anymore. It’s broken. And it’s the only weapon Jack has to survive a world in chaos.
You can watch the trailer below:
You can find out more about the Windows 10 pre-order offer and minimum PC specs via this site.