Microsoft: Ensemble Closure "Right Thing for Our Business"

Following yesterday's news that Halo Wars and Age of Empires developer Ensemble Studios would close, publisher Microsoft Game Studios has come forth to defend the decision.

The decision to close the studio was "the right thing for our business at this time," wrote Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Spencer in an internal email obtained by GamesIndustry.

Despite Ensemble's closure marking the third departure from the Microsoft game development stable in a year, Spencer reaffirmed the studio's committment to game development: "This action notwithstanding, I want to emphasize that the overall investment Microsoft is making in videogame development is not diminished, and we will continue to bring in talent to work on titles and franchises where we'll see the most [return on investment]."

In Spencer's email to Microsoft staff, he made a similar committment to the employees who worked at Ensemble. "We hope to integrate much of this creative talent into [Microsoft Games Studios] or the broader [Interactive Entertainment Business] team, where we have relevant openings," he wrote.