Video Game: Quantum Break

The time is out of joint. O cursèd spite,
That ever I was born to set it right!
Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5

Quantum Break is a game developed by Remedy Entertainment. It is planned to tie-in with a TV series, similar to Defiance. While the game will focus on Jack Joyce fighting to stop the fracture in time, the show focuses on schemes and power plays inside Monarch Solutions, which serves as Jack's main antagonist.


This game contains examples of the following:

  • Creepy Child:
    Woman: What is it that makes you so different?
    Girl: Are you sure you wanna know?
    Woman: Pretty sure.
    Girl touches the woman and gives her a vision of a cargo ship crashing into a bridge
  • Elite Mook: The heavily-armored troopers who are able to move during timestops.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Shawn Ashmore from The Following is the protagonist Jack Joyce. Dominic Monaghan plays his brother Will. Aidan Gillen is the villain Paul Serene. Lance Reddick plays Martin Hatch.
  • Exploding Barrels: Explosive barrels and gas tanks are seen in the gunfights.
  • Meaningful Name: Paul Serene's corporation, Monarch Solutions, is named after the Monarch butterfly, and this brings to mind the butterfly effect.
    • Even if it is not as obvious as before, Jack Joyce continues the trend of Remedy Entertainment's protagonists having a meaningful surname. In this case, Joyce rhymes with "choice", something which you will have to do at regular intervals in the game.
  • Mega Corp.: Monarch Solutions is big enough to have a small army of heavy armed soldiers and military vehicles.
  • Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate: Paul Serene has the ability to see into the future and believes that "time is a closed loop" and that our fates are sealed. On the other hand, Jack Joyce believes, much like Kyle Reese, that there is no fate but what we make for ourselves.
  • Super Hero: While not exactly advertised as such, writer and creator Sam Lake does note that Jack's control of time essentially makes him a modern-day superhero and thinks of this game as being an origins story for him.
  • Time Master: Jack's power. It manifests itself in the form of five different abilities:
    Time Blast: it breaks time in a focused area with destructive results.
    Time Rush: it allows running while time is frozen, escaping mortal danger.
    Time Dodge: a quick dash out of harm’s way.
    Time Shield: a protective bubble that can deflect bullets.
    Time Stop: freezes time in a focused area, including opponents and objects.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Paul used to be best friends with Jack until the time travel experiment went awry.