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  • Halo Wars soundtrack detailed

    Sumthing Else Music Works and Microsoft games studios have lifted the lid on the Halo Wars soundtrack which is scheduled for release Feb. 17, 2009. It will come on two discs, be over 50 minutes long and features performances by FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir Prague. “For Halo Wars I wanted to write music that fit […]

  • Three new off-screen Halo Wars CES 09 videos posted

    After the break. Although many people think an RTS can’t be adequately done on a console, we must say, this does look rather special. Ensemble Studios’ swansong goes on sale Feb 27 in Europe with a demo due February 5. By Mike Bowden

  • Halo Wars US release date not 28 February but March

    Right, this is the last Halo Wars release date story we’re doing – well, this week, anyway. It appears that Robbie’s Bach’s announcement that Halo Wars will ship in the US on February 28 was a mistake. The game wil ship at its original date of March 3, whilst the UK and Europe get theirs […]

  • Halo Wars release date and demo solidified

    By far the most popular piece of news to emerge from last night’s CES 09 Microsoft Keynote was that Ensemble’s 360 exclusive RTS, Halo Wars, will be released on February 28 with a demo scheduled to hit Live on on the 5th of the same month. Microsoft told the world last year that the US […]

  • Shelley on Ensemble closure: "Everyone at our studio was shocked"

    Ensemble boss Bruce Shelley has said the studio was “shocked” at the Microsoft decision to wind the operation down after Halo Wars, saying there was an internal assumption the outfit was “immune” to closure. “Everyone at our studio was shocked, and I think remains very disappointed that this is going to happen,” said Shelley, writing […]

  • Microsoft: Age of Empires not coming to an end

    Ensemble may be cranking out Halo Wars while the carvers put the finishing touches on its tombstone, but the developer’s most-beloved RTS franchise isn’t going anywhere. “Microsoft continues to own Age of Empires,” Xbox boss Shane Kim told Edge. “It is not losing Age of Empires itself. We’re still super excited for the potential for […]

  • Microsoft "ramping down" games development - St John

    WildTangent boss Alex St John, speaking to GI, has claimed that Microsoft is backing down from first-party development as part of a “recovery phase” and a bid to make its games business profitable. “You will clearly see Sony and Microsoft ramping down their investment in those platforms… What’s interesting to note is that Microsoft [Game] […]

  • Microsoft: Closing Ensemble "is the right thing for our business"

    GI’s got hold of the full email sent out to MGS employees from Phil Spencer detailing the Ensemble closure. Read the entire thing after the break.

  • Microsoft to close Ensemble after Halo Wars' completion

    Update: There a copy of an email sent round to MGS staff this morning from Phil Spencer here. Microsoft has confirmed it is to close Age of Empires developer Ensemble Studios following the completion of Halo Wars. Shacknews originally broke the story as a rumour, but Microsoft released a statement confirming the move overnight. And […]

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