First Halo, now this: Xbox Live prepping new android sci-fi drama Humans

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Apr 7, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT (Updated)

Well, that didn’t take long. After announcing a big-budget Halo series from Steven Spielberg, and smaller-budget Halo series to accompany it, Xbox Live has announced its first non-Halo original programming.

Get ready for Humans, an eight-episode series developed as part of a deal with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 about humanoid robot workers in an alt-future. The series will be produced by U.K. indie firm Kudos (Broadchurch), with the Xbox platform serving as the North America distributor.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a "synth" -- a highly-developed robotic servant. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchase a refurbished synth, only to discover that sharing life with a machine has “far-reaching and chilling consequences."

The series will be written by British duo Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) and is based on Sveriges Television and Matador Film's series Real Humans. The project is set to debut in 2015.

What do you think? Will you check it out? Are videogame platforms the original TV content delivery system of the future?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)