Ensemble Studios News


Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Comes to Steam on April 20

By David Craddock, Apr 18, 2017 5:00pm PDT

Play Ensemble Wars' swan song even if you didn't buy Halo Wars 2.


Age of Empires 2 HD Gets Rise of the Rajas Expansion Today

By Jason Faulkner, Dec 19, 2016 2:05pm PST

Age of Empires 2 is eighteen years old, but that's not stopping new content from still rolling out. 


Halo Wars teaser website goes live [Update]

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 14, 2014 11:09am PST

A new website for Halo Wars, the 2009 Halo-centered RTS, has suddenly gone live. And it's counting down to something. (Update: Or maybe not. Microsoft has confirmed this is false.)


Age of Mythology 'Enhanced Edition' coming in May

By Steve Watts, Apr 03, 2014 1:00pm PDT

Age of Mythology, the strategy game from 2002, is getting an "Enhanced Edition" this May. It will include the Titan expansion, Steamworks integration, HD widescreen, and some graphical tweaks.


Halo Wars led to studio friction, says Ensemble founder

By Steve Watts, Sep 28, 2012 6:00am PDT

Halo Wars wasn't looked upon favorably by Bungie, according to Ensemble Studios head Tony Goodman.


"It just hit me that the Covenant fighters remind me a tiny little bit of the White Star from ..."

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Halo MMO canceled when franchise future was 'unknown'

By Steve Watts, Apr 18, 2012 2:00pm PDT

Former Ensemble member Patrick Hudson says the Halo MMO was cancelled for budget reasons, but also because Bungie's departure made the future of the franchise uncertain.


Why Ensemble and Pandemic Closed

By Chris Faylor, Mar 15, 2010 10:20am PDT

With both Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires, Halo Wars) and Pandemic Studios (Mercenaries, The Saboteur) having shut down across the past year,...


"I'm the one who jumped in with insults? Sounds to me like you're being really bitter and ..."

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Third Studio Rises Out of Ensemble's Ashes

By Chris Faylor, Mar 19, 2009 10:19am PDT

Former Ensemble Studios developer Dusty Monk has founded Windstorm Studios, the third studio to emerge from the closure of the Age of Empires and...


"Hopefully none of them will be foolish enough to go into any deals with Microsoft."

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Non-Robot Ensemble Veterans Start Bonfire

By Maarten Goldstein, Feb 19, 2009 3:38pm PST

We already knew that a group of former Ensemble Studios employees had gone on to found Robot Entertainment, which will provide Age of Empires and...


"See to me that seems very generous of ex-Ensemble employees to strike a deal to do that, cause ..."

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Ensemble Vets. Robot Working on Halo Wars Content, Original Property

By Chris Faylor, Feb 17, 2009 9:08am PST

Following its unofficial reveal last week, Robot Entertainment today announced itself to the world, confirming that the independent studio is...


"Yep that is correct, Bungie is continually associated in two ways with Microsoft(Aside from ..."

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Ensemble Vets Assemble Robot Entertainment

By Nick Breckon, Feb 13, 2009 12:30pm PST

The closing of Age of Empires developer Ensemble Studios was one of the more surprising studio developments in recent months. While a portion of...


"That's the micro management that hardcore players like to seperate the good players from the bad."

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Ensemble Closure Brings Cancelled Projects to Light

By Nick Breckon, Feb 02, 2009 4:09pm PST

A new Gamasutra feature on the closing of Age of Empires developer Ensemble Studios has revealed new details of the company's many unannounced...


"How many victims has the "Let's make a Diablo game" curse claimed now? Flagship Studios, Iron ..."

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Age of Empires Dev Ensemble Speaks Out on Studio Closure, Microsoft, and the Cancelled Halo MMO

By Nick Breckon, Nov 17, 2008 12:25pm PST

It's the developer behind Age of Empires, one of the most successful videogame franchises of all time. It's a financial success, with its flagship...


"And the units/civilizations now dont make it interesting and fun? And lumber mining camp ..."

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Halo MMO Unveiled as Cancelled Ensemble Project

By Blake Ellison, Sep 23, 2008 10:10am PDT

The almost-closed Ensemble Studios is at work on a Halo-themed strategy game, but at one point there was also an MMO set in the Halo universe in...


"Borrowed elements from WoW? There's only so much variety you can have in an MMO. Most of the ..."

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Ensemble's Shelley on Studio Closing

By Blake Ellison, Sep 23, 2008 8:21am PDT

Ensemble senior designer Bruce Shelley has posted a lengthy blog on the Ensemble site describing the conditions surrounding the closing of the...


"now it should be obvious why billy bob gates is so fierce into pushing through additional h1b ..."

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