Once all shows in production are released, we won't see much more of this logo.
Microsoft is closing Xbox Entertainment Studios, the arm producing the company's original video programming, according to a report from Re/code Thursday. The closing is part of the reported restructuring at Microsoft that will eliminate 18,000 jobs in the next 12 months.
Microsoft's big push into original content was meant to kick into high gear at the beginning of the summer. Ars was briefed back in April on some of the upcoming shows, including the sci-fi thriller Humans, the reality show Fearless, and the comedy variety show JASH in the Box. The slate of content was part of the culmination of the Xbox One's relentless focus on "TV" to draw in casual consumers. But between Xbox One's reveal and launch, the company did a 360 and walked away from the entertainment angle, as it was alienating the enthusiasts and early adopters that the company relies on in a console's early days.
It's only been a few weeks since keystone World-Cup-focused series Every Street United debuted, so Xbox Entertainment Studios' chance at entertainment victory has been cut short. Re/code cites a "disorganized studio" and lack of a "fully fleshed out business model" as reasons behind the closure.