Microsoft Closes Ensemble Studios

Microsoft has officially confirmed that it will be closing down it’s eternal developer Ensemble Studios. Ensemble Studios is probably best known for their real time strategy Age of Empires games, as well as the upcoming Xbox 360 Halo Wars. Halo Wars is still scheduled for release, Ensemble will be shut down once the game comes out sometime early next year. Additionally, many of the “leadership” team from Ensemble will be forming a new development house, and they have entered into talks regarding supporting Halo Wars after it launches.

“This was a fiscally rooted decision that keeps MGS on its growth path. While the decision to dissolve Ensemble was not an easy one, Microsoft is working to place as many Ensemble employees who do not move to the newly formed studio into open positions within Microsoft as possible.”

MGS = Microsoft Game Studios, not Metal Gear Solid, I think. Maybe. Anyway, not awesome, the Age of Empires games were always fun. Halo Wars…I’m not sure what I think yet, the screen shots haven’t really done anything for me, but who knows.

[ via Gamestop ]

13 thoughts on “Microsoft Closes Ensemble Studios”

  1. HOLY CRAP! Rick got arrested tonight! We were going roller skating at Roller World next to Kay-Bee toy store and rick got pulled over for having his windows tinted too dark. He got so angry that he jumped out of the car and mooned the cop. It was actually kinda gross to see him do that, it was dirty. He’s a mechanic and he had just got off from work I think…My mom had to call grandpa to get money to get him out of jail and he called told the cops that he had been with all of their daughters in his trans-am.

    Kinda crazy night so I didn’t get to play much n’tendo…I’ll blog more about n’tendo tomorrow. Mike–do you like Ninja Gaiden? I like Ninja Gaiden.

    Nevil

  2. HOLY CRAP! Rick got arrested tonight! We were going roller skating at Roller World next to Kay-Bee toy store and rick got pulled over for having his windows tinted too dark. He got so angry that he jumped out of the car and mooned the cop. It was actually kinda gross to see him do that, it was dirty. He’s a mechanic and he had just got off from work I think…My mom had to call grandpa to get money to get him out of jail and he called told the cops that he had been with all of their daughters in his trans-am.

    Kinda crazy night so I didn’t get to play much n’tendo…I’ll blog more about n’tendo tomorrow. Mike–do you like Ninja Gaiden? I like Ninja Gaiden.

    Nevil

  3. Man, rick is always getting in trouble. How dare he stop anyone from playing n’tendo or ninja gaiden. I always try to have the ninja whose name I can remember, does it start with an R, to do flips into doorways. If I don’t do it just right my dad usually yells and me and smacks the controller out of my hands. Then he starts laughing. I don’t get him, just like I don’t get Robert.

  4. Man, rick is always getting in trouble. How dare he stop anyone from playing n’tendo or ninja gaiden. I always try to have the ninja whose name I can remember, does it start with an R, to do flips into doorways. If I don’t do it just right my dad usually yells and me and smacks the controller out of my hands. Then he starts laughing. I don’t get him, just like I don’t get Robert.

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