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Ensemble: Age of Empires III “just wasn’t an Age game”

Ensemble Studios founder Bruce Shelley has said Age of Empires III “just wasn’t an Age game”, and described the design process as “a huge mistake”.

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  • Halo MMO "was absolutely going to compete with WOW"

    An ex-Ensemble staffer has told IncGamers that the studio’s canned Halo MMO was very much meant for the big time.

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  • Fable II, Halo Wars join 360 Classics range

    Microsoft’s announced it’s added Fable II and Halo Wars to the Classics catalogue for 360.

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  • Ensemble co-founder Bruce Shelley has a hand in The Settlers 7

    Those wondering what Ensemble co-founder Bruce Shelley’s been up to since Microsoft closed the studio can wonder no more – he’s working as a consultant with Ubisoft on The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom.

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  • Ensemble death spews out yet another studio

    The fourth studio to be born from Ensemble’s ashes is NewToy, Joystiq reports. The company’s first project is World War Robot, in collaboration with comic book chap Ashley Wood. Details through there.

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  • Ensemble was a "victim of its own success" - Bonfire

    Bonfire Studios boss David Rippy, has told GI that Ensemble was “victim of its own success” in the RTS genre. Bonfire was one of the studios to arise from Ensemble’s demise. “With the cost of creating games so high, studios are almost forced to diversify across platforms,” he said. “Aside from the financial risk of […]

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  • Ensemble involved in Halo Wars' future

    Halo Wars lead producer Jason pace has to EG that a new company formed from the ashes of Ensemble will be taking care of aftercare for the console exclusive RTS. “Ensemble is, as I’m sure you know, forming a new company, and they will be helping us support the title moving forward, so: bug patches, […]

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  • Shelley: Two new studios to emerge from Ensemble

    Ensemble head Bruce Shelley’s made his final blog update before the studio closes, confirming that “at least” two new studios are to be born from the ashes. “There are at least two new studios being formed by ES employees and I expect both to do very well,” he said. “There were a lot of outstanding […]

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  • Contests offer early access to Halo Wars demo

    Both Planet Xbox 360 and MLGPRO are offering early access to the Halo Wars demo, assuming you can’t wait until February 5 for the general release. Winning a code from either site means you’ll be able to get involved from January 29. That’s this Thursday. The game’s out later in February. Thanks, Joystiq.

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  • Halo Wars gold, demo confirmed for February 5

    Halo Wars is now gold, Microsoft’s announced, describing the RTS as “genre-defining”. The Live demo will release on February 5 prior to launch on February 27. Halo Wars is Ensemble’s last game: the studio will now close. A series of vidocs is to be released in the run up to the game’s release, the first […]

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  • Halo Wars review embargo lifts on February 20

    Microsoft confirmed yesterday that the Halo Wars review embargo will lift on February 20 at 2.00pm GMT. The Ensemble RTS is to be shown off at the Cabinet War Rooms in London next week, an event to include multiplay and developer interviews. Halo Wars will be the last Ensemble game before Microsoft closes the studio.

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  • Halo Wars UK date still Feb 27, demo date also for Europe

    Microsoft has confirmed to videogaming247 that despite Microsoft’s announcement at CES 09 that Halo Wars has moved to February 28, the European date of the 27th remains unchanged. “On Halo Wars, the actual European release date is the 27th Feb,” said a spokesperson earlier today. The MS UK representative also confirmed to VG247 that the […]

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  • Halo Wars - 46 new screens

    On CVG. Expect a promotional blitz on the Ensemble RTS in the coming weeks: it’s due for release on February 27.

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  • Microsoft confirms Halo Wars release dates

    Microsoft’s confirmed RTS Halo Wars for release on February 27 in Europe and March 3 in the US. Apparently, if you pre-order, you can get some flame decals for your Warthog, which is as good a reason as any to do so, we reckon. This will be Esemble’s last title as Microsoft intends to close […]

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  • Get Microsoft to ask Ensemble things about Halo Wars

    Gamerscoreblog’s asking for reader questions on Ensemble’s Halo Wars, so if there’s an issue burning a hole in your mind about the 360 RTS, now’s your time to pour water on it. Or something. There’s no news, OK? Thanks, X3F.

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  • Yet more from Halo Wars preview events

    Just making sure you don’t miss the rest of the stuff from last week’s Halo Wars preview events in the US and Europe, following yesterday’s cavalcade. Hands on (IGN) Graeme Devine video interview (Gamespot, after the break) Graeme Devine interview (Kikizo) Halo Wars DLC already done (CVG) Game’s out next February.

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  • Halo Wars: Hands ons, new screens, interviews, disbelief at Ensemble closure

    An embargo lifted on Halo Wars preview coverage this afternoon, unleashing a ton of new previews and interviews on the Ensemble 360 RTS. And here they are. New shots and art (IGN) “Even Ensemble Doesn’t Understand Their Closure” (Blue, via Shack) Ensemble: Microsoft made a mistake (D-Pad) Ensemble will have a successor (Videogamer) Hands on […]

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  • Halo MMO was pre-Covenant and fully green-lit, says Ensemble boss

    Speaking to Shacknews, Ensemble tech boss Dave Pottinger has outlined the background for the firm’s canned MMO, and revealed that the game was green-lit and had staffed up to 40 employees before is was axed in an exec changeover. From the interview: What were the circumstances behind the Halo MMO? Pottinger: Ensemble has been wanting […]

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  • Halo Wars to hit in February, CE to include Mythic map pack

    Microsoft’s confirmed that Halo Wars is to release in February. The Collector’s Edition will include the Halo 3 Mythic map pack, featuring three maps, a badge to sew on you knapsack and some other stuff you probably shouldn’t care about. More on Joystiq.

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  • New Halo Wars trailer shows proper gameplay

    Well, lookie here. Ensemble 360 RTS Halo Wars is seen playable in proper direct-feed footage after the break, showing base-building, unit selection and some of your heavier weapons in action against the Covenant, such as carpet bombing and a freeze bomb thing. It does look cool, no question. There’s a bit of video right at […]

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