Ensemble: "Microsoft made a mistake"

Ensemble Studios' Graeme Devine has stated that he believes Microsoft has made a mistake in shutting down the studios.

Talking to D+PAD last week, Devine stated:

"I've been working on Halo Wars for over 4 years, so I'm not about to walk away from a game I've spent four years of my life with. It'd be very easy for us to just mail it in and finish a game and sell that but we are not really in it for that. It's our proud shout to Microsoft, and the reason why their mistake is obvious."

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ultimolu3599d ago

Well, wouldn't be the first mistake they've made...

slak3599d ago

I liked Ensemble .....MS fu*k up again and thats to bad

ultimolu3599d ago

Yeah, Ensemble sounds like a very impressive studio to me.

ChrisGTR13599d ago

ensemble was/is an amazing studio but i think ultimately they closed it down do to pc piracy and sales slowing down in general. i loved all 3 age of empires though, and mythology.

Charmers3599d ago

I was wondering could I have some of what you are smoking ChrisGTR1 because piracy had absolutely nothing to do with ensemble's closure. It is a matter of record that MS is culling costs and developers to try and make as much profit as possible out the xbox 360 and to help pay for the price reduction they just did on their console. So if you want to blame a system then blame the xbox 360.

StephanieBBB3599d ago (Edited 3599d ago )

Ditch/revamp anything Halo related in Halo wars and rename it "Total wars" or something, and then release it as a multiplatform RTS title for PS3, 360 and PSP.

That should stur things up.

The Matrix3599d ago

Ensemble was a great developer. I grew up playing Age of Mythology and Age of Empires. I hope they can become a separate company and continue to make great games despite a retard move by Microsoft.

Bodhi3599d ago

ultimolu... Was it necessary to say it? I've seen you say Sony has made mistakes too but it's not necessary to put have first post of the article to downplay MS.

Maybe it was maybe it wasn't, looked a bit fanboyish being the first comment.

Viper73599d ago (Edited 3599d ago )

I am with ensemble with this one, thats one studio they should not have shut down.

For ages I have thinked that Age of empires series (and why not age of mythology) have been bright diamonds within the big pile of "microsoft"
Now they are suddenly ripping off the diamonds and giving this **** as thanks for the best game studio they have, I mean wth?

Even tough I am somewhat MS hater (for variety of reasons not really related to consoles) I did hope that they would let Ensemble to keep up the AOE franchise, which is basically still one of the best lan games ever made.
Not to mention one of the best realtime "realistic" strategy games.

When I heard they where working for halo wars I was slightly disapointed but still hoped them success.

whoelse3599d ago

They couldn't have cut the price without closing down these studios.

gaffyh3599d ago

What if these guys go Wii/PS3 exclusive because of this? That'd be very bad for MS, but I doubt it

xenogamer3599d ago

lets get a awesome established franchise, and make a stupid ass RTS out of it just because... yeah lets do that yea... idiots

ultimolu3599d ago

Bodhi, Sony does make mistakes. All companies do but what matters is what you do to correct those mistakes and making sure they never happen again.

Why drag Sony into this when it wasn't about Sony?

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GWAVE3599d ago

Microsoft makes plenty of mistakes. Their mistakes are even more evident when their biggest supporters (Bizarre Creations, Ensemble, Bungie, etc) don't even support them. It's hard for me to put faith in a company that not only is unable to fix its own hardware problems, but is also unable to manage even a handful of 1st-party developers.

(and lolololol flamebait! flamebait! Sony makes mistakes too. But we're not talking about Sony here, are we?)

ultimolu3599d ago

You just know someone's gonna mention it. o_o

Tony6003599d ago

They are unable to manage their own studios,how poor is that?How can you build faith in such companies like microsoft?Sad,sad,sad!Sony knows how to manage their first-party studios,thats why I love sony!

PoSTedUP3599d ago (Edited 3599d ago )

i still cant believe their will be no AoE4, i was really looking froward to that game man. and EA shutting down eaBIG, no more SSXTrickey?!?!? wtf is this world coming to?!?! f*** MS and F*** EA (but i still have faith in ea) just very disappointed.... (-_-)

Itrguy0013599d ago

yeah SSX was never good after Tricky.

mrdxpr23599d ago

MS needs too get in check cause they are loosing alot of talent that if not treated well they are gona leave them and go somewhere else..That team has been working on HALO wars for 4 years and MS does that to them wow thats F up yo ...

aggh im on fire3599d ago

does suck but if there opening a new studio with a lot of the same people then why doesn't the guy just go there if its just a change of name. Suppose he has his reasons.

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