Quantum Break: “junction points” will have players switching between the heroes and the villain

Saturday, 23rd November 2013 21:42 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

In Quantum Break, Remedy’s interactive transmedia exclusive on Xbox One, the player will not only step into the shoes of the protagonists, but the antagonist as well. As previously reported when the game was announced, players will alternate between playing a part of the game and watching an episode of the series.

Speaking with Game Informer, the studio’s writer and creative director Sam Lake, said Quantum Break is the team’s take on action movies featuring not only a tough adversary, but one who is also “really cool.”

“Think about Die Hard. The bad guy (Alan Rickman) comes close to stealing the show,” said Lake. “This is our interactive dynamic way of doing these scenes where in the action movie you see the bad guy planning and making his moves. You get to play Paul Serene during the junction moments and make these choices. We want to make even the bad guy a deep, complex character that you will see different sides of. You will understand why he’s doing what he’s doing.

“It really amounts to dynamic, player-created cliffhangers at the end of every act of the game.”

Jack and Beth are the protagonists, and during these “junction moments,” players will switch to playing the villain, Paul Serene, which are crucial to the project’s transmedia agenda.

“He has this time power that gives him the ability to see glimpses of different timelines and different futures,” Lake said. “At the end of each act of the game, you actually get to play him during these junction moments. You get to explore and discover these glimpses of different futures, and you get to make the choice. Which of these two futures that are presented will come to pass?

“This leads into the next episode of the show. Immediately the first scene of the show is affected by the choice you made. It’s very much alternate content depending on the choice you made. The idea is that it will feel relevant to the plot of the show. You’ll learn important things that you’ll need for the game.

“At the same time, the junction moment is just one gameplay scene, and the glimpses you see can be approached in two different ways. They are fragments. You are learning about certain things, but all options have both positive and negative from the bad guy’s perspective, but also from the heroes’ perspective.”

Lake said the junction points and gameplay not only “affect the tone of what will follow,” but will also unlock alternate content and player choices follow them throughout the rest of the game.

Quantum Break is without a release date, although it could make an appearance during VGX, and all content will be included on the disc.



  1. Djoenz

    Interesting concept except the tv show tie in ofcourse, but I cant seem to recall ever playing a game where you also play as the antagonist. Other than games you can play as the white knight in shining armor or evil chaos bringer of doom obviously. (my troll protection)

    Or my mind is just blank and I cant remember.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. MFBB

    So far this is the only Microsoft game I am interested in.

    But the TV stuff and episodes talk is already…meeeh

    I hope Microsoft keeps the promise they made about bringing exclusive titles to PC aswell.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Kieran

    I always wanted to play an antagonist in a game even doh every1 likes happy endings it would be nice change like take the film the departed di caprio and damon it would be interesting

    #3 1 year ago
  4. B_O

    @1: Breath of Fire IV comes to mind.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. fihar

    Alan Wake is already episodic though, what with the “Previously on Alan Wake” recaps going around, so I don’t think the TV aspect of the game is going to be detrimental.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. ddtd

    Also, it’s not like a Defiance type deal, where the show is at the mercy of the need to make the network money because the show is actually a part of the game, not in conjunction with it. Sam Lake said the whole first season of the show comes on the disc/download.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Belmont

    This whole idea looks rather ambitious. But very intriguing too !

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Malmer

    The episodic format of Alan Wake was one of that game’s best things. I’m surprised it hasn’t been copied by other games, because it simply makes so much sense for the medium. I’m happy to see that Quantum Break continues with that. Superexcited for that game. Will be great to play with the wife.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Gekidami

    ^ What? How you got a static text saying “End of Episode X” with some music followed by a recap of what you literally just played? Seriously, you thought that was good?

    Seemed like an utter waste of time to me. Just fluff, pointless filler. Next they’ll have commercial breaks, at least then they can reap in some money as they pointlessly break up the action in a game.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. revolting

    @1 Morality slider games discounted, as as you say, they are more like flavouring rather than actually making you the primary villain, but there are a few games that do do it.

    Heavy Rain put you in the shoes of both the protagonists and the antagonist, although unknowingly until later in the game. And arguably Beyond: Two Souls, depending how you choose to play Aiden. The Kain games also, although he was more of an antihero than an antagonist in the ones you played as him in.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Djoenz

    I have not played that game.
    I played Heavy Rain but I think you are spot on because willingly/knowingly playing a bad guy is not something I can recall. I need to pick up Beyond Two Souls soon its halfprice already. I never played the Kain games I must have missed them back in the day. Heard a lot of great things about them.

    So yeah playing an antagonist and knowing you are playing an antagonist is interesting or rare? Or is it just me :P

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Malmer

    @9: It was great, because when you returned to continue playing you got the recap that got you quickly into the zone and atmosphere. Too many other games just leave you with the feeling of ‘what the **** was I doing’ after a few days away. Me and my wife played AW episode by episode. Perfect length for one sitting.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. schnide

    “Think about Die Hard. The bad guy (Alan Rickman) comes close to stealing the show,” said Lake.

    But John McClane is still the character who you’re made to empathise with. It’s his story. Very few movies have pulled off having you root for both the hero and the villain – the only one that comes to mind is Heat – because it’s a very tricky job. It’ll be a tough gig when you’re even more invested as the player himself, instead of just watching.

    #13 1 year ago

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