Ensemble News


Ensemble Veteran Disputes Reports of Crunch Culture and Inefficient, Expensive Development

By Chris Faylor, Mar 17, 2010 9:37am PDT

Responding to claims Ensemble Studios veteran Paul Bettner made during Game Developers Conference 2010, fellow ex-employee Ian Fischer has...


"me too but if there ever was one, this would probably be it and I HATE Halo "

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Microsoft: Rare, Lionhead Safe After Closures

By Blake Ellison, Sep 26, 2008 2:11pm PDT

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Game Studios, wants to allay fears surrounding the fates of subsidiary studios Rare and Lionhead after the...


"It would seem to me that they need move of a lineup of DX10 games vs Xbox 360 games don't they? ..."

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Microsoft: Ensemble Closure "Right Thing for Our Business"

By Blake Ellison, Sep 10, 2008 7:58am PDT

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


"I have some ideas. Halo Wars looked and played like garbage. People started quitting and going ..."

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Hardware Reviews

By Maarten Goldstein, Feb 11, 2008 5:20am PST

PowerColor HD 3650 512M GDDR3 Xtreme PCS videocard on Bjorn3D. Moneual Labs M775 case on BigBruin. Zotac GeForce 8800 GT 512MB AMP! Edition...


PC Games 14% of 2007 Retail Games Sales; World of Warcraft and Sims Top PC Sales Charts

By Aaron Linde, Jan 24, 2008 3:16pm PST

Update: The NPD Group has chimed in, attributing the low percentage of PC software sales to the growing shift towards digital distribution, which...


"As it occured to anyone, like it has to me , a gamer from DOS days, that PC gaming decline is ..."

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Hardware Reviews

By Maarten Goldstein, Jan 16, 2008 5:11am PST

Asus Arctic Square cooler on Driver Heaven. Tuniq Ensemble 1200W PSU on Guru3D. Hiper HPU-5K880 and HPU-5B680 Type R Mk II PSUs on Benchmark...


THQ Acquires Rise of Nations Dev Big Huge Games

By Chris Faylor, Jan 15, 2008 8:41am PST

Publisher THQ has announced its plans to acquire Big Huge Games, the developer behind the Xbox Live Arcade board game Catan (X360), the Rise of...


"Glorious! THQ is just a publisher, but the games they publish are top notch (publishers ..."

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Hardware Reviews

By Maarten Goldstein, Nov 26, 2007 8:01am PST

Hiper Type-R MKII HPU-5K880 / HPU-5B680 PSUs on Driver Heaven. Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro CPU heatsink on techPowerUp. Crucial Ballistix 2GB 1600MHz...


Bungie Prototyping New IP, Developing "Halo Games"

By Chris Remo, Nov 09, 2007 12:03pm PST

A new interview with Bungie studio manager Harold Ryan in UK-based industry publication Develop states that the newly re-independent company is...


"PC gamers are snobs. How the hell can you justify calling a console overpriced? The only way to ..."

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Bungie Going Independent; Microsoft to Retain Equity Interest, Publishing Rights (Breaking)

By Chris Remo and Chris Faylor, Oct 05, 2007 12:52pm PDT

It's true! The studio behind Halo and Marathon is separating from Microsoft and reclaiming its independence.


"Even though I hope so too, I doubt they will fully move on from it. MS still controls the Halo ..."

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Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties Demo Released

By Maarten Goldstein, Oct 04, 2007 11:30am PDT

Now available at FileShack is the Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties demo. The 612mb download includes the Japanese and British civilizations,...


"Is there usually a demo for expansions? Never bought AoE3, never impressed me much but I think I ..."

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Turok Gets Hollywood Voice Actor Ensemble

By Carlos Bergfeld, Oct 02, 2007 10:59am PDT

If nothing else, Propaganda Games' reimagining of the Turok franchise will have a dinosauric load of Hollywood talent when it comes out next year,...


"mother fucker! I talk to fichtner almost every day and he never mentioned this, he knows im a ..."

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Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties Goes Gold, Arriving Oct. 23

By Chris Faylor, Sep 28, 2007 3:27pm PDT

The second expansion pack for Ensemble Studios' 2005 PC RTS Age of Empires III has gone gold and will hit North American stores October 23....


"Am I the only one that never enjoyed any AOE games? I always found them to be excruciatingly ..."

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E3 07: Halo Wars First Look

By Chris Faylor, Jul 19, 2007 2:53pm PDT

The most important thing to note about Ensemble Studio's upcoming Halo Wars, the company's real-time strategy take on Bungie's insanely popular...


"Oh I completely agree that a console is more "Comfortable". I generally buy games on the console ..."

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Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties Q&A

By Maarten Goldstein, May 24, 2007 5:59pm PDT

Also on GameSpy (since yesterday, thanks to Blues News for noticing it) is this Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties Q&A. Big Huge Games' Brian...