Sat. Feb 4th, 2023
Marshall Allman appears in the full-motion episodes, but not in the actual game.

Marshall Allman appears in the full-motion episodes, but not in the actual game.

The idea of ​​requiring an internet connection for single-player gaming has been controversial for Microsoft in the past. So it’s a bit surprising that Microsoft requires players to have a high-speed internet connection in order to enjoy the cutscenes in the story-rich Quantum break when it launches on Windows 10 next month (the Xbox One version will also be available in advance as a full download for those who don’t want to stream).

At least there’s a technical excuse for the requirement this time around that goes beyond some sort of privacy-restricting security check. As narrative designer Greg Louden told Game Informer at a recent event, the variety of branching, live-action “episodes” played after each act of the game is too large to fit on a disc or download to the hard drive. disk to work:

We have a total of 40 different variations of the show where you basically make choices for it to evolve and change whether it’s a node choice or we have these things called “Quantum Ripples” which are essentially a kind of of deleted scenes from the show. Coupled with that, the length of the show can change based on your decisions, as some episodes are longer and some episodes are shorter as a result. It’s actually evolving and that’s why we had to stream it… When we found out how big the data was, we had to backtrack and come up with some good solutions, and it made sense.

While Louden won’t go into detail about the exact size of the video files in question, the PC version of the game is recorded and streamed in 4K, which can eat up hard drive space as a download (the Xbox One version) incredibly quickly. version limited to 1080p video files). Most PC gamers in the West are connected to the internet 24/7 these days anyway, so this won’t be a material issue for most of the game’s audiences.

Still, we hope Microsoft reconsider and offer a PC version of it Quantum break as a full pre-download or disc-based retail game (with smaller 1080p videos if needed). That would be great for PC gamers who want to play, for example Quantum break on an airplane laptop, in a hotel, in a remote cabin in the woods or in a country where a high-speed internet infrastructure may not be up to the task.

By akfire1

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