Today, Ensemble Studios co-founder Bruce Shelley wrote his final blog for the company, which is set to shut its doors now that work on Halo Wars is complete.
this is uncool, i really liked playing the age of empires games and would have loved to see a new one, used to be great playing demo for age of empires 1 online during double ict. microsoft has basically said finish our game now your jobless
damn i want to play a new AoE so bad.. *sniff*
Man that sucks. I'm a big fan of the Age of Empires series and am pulling for Halo Wars more than ever so MS can realize then continue to deny the err of their ways.
"According to Shelley, “at least two new studios” will be formed by former employees, one of which will handle their online presence, and one to handle post-launch support for Halo Wars." Sounds like we will be seeing at least 2 new studios.
"one of which will handle their online presence, and one to handle post-launch support for Halo Wars." Bare in mind, Microsoft have a studio set up exclusively for in-game advertising. If they were going to make games, a single studio is more effective than splitting the team.
There is no doubt having a first party studio is good, but there are benefits of having good relations with second and third party studios also. Long ago when Gameday was a great football game, Sony sacrificed the IP and studio in order to gain third party support from EA. It's business and it's politics all into one. Creators want independance and console manufacturers want less fiscal responsibility. It's a crazy messed up market. I hate seeing Ensemble close it's doors, but at the same time most great companies are founded from the ashes of great companies. -Death
Lets show microsoft how wrong they are by shutting Ensemble Studios down. Make Halo Wars sell a few million if you dont have a 360 but Halo Wars anyway.
Simple terrible news, MS shutting down a great studio. Retards. :(
They are kinda lucky the guys who made Halo had the money to buy themselves off, otherwise they woulda completly destroyed there games division (Halo is basically wat runs the 360). Some very bad moves by M$, but its not that suprising, the only thing they are good at is buying stuff, but never knowing what to do with it afterwards...
This is f*ched up...
Go work for Sony. They take care of their Devs.
Even if fanboys dont like it that damn true...!!! sony does have an amasing number of studios under them .. hey get these ones and i bet they can make a game bettear than halo war cus after all they did make halo wars ...
I didn't say it to be a fanboy or rub Xbox fans face in it. Its just a fact. While M$ is throwing money everywhere buying exclusives or even more feeble, exclusive DLC (man thats so weak, this is what they've sunk to), their family they should be looking after is suffering. Studios are all just closing or leaving. Buying games is such short term vision. Looking after your studios is a long term investment. Its almost like they're not going to make an XB3. I dont believe that, but what are we supposed to think when they dont care about 1st parties, and 1st parties usually make the best games, except on rare occassions like MGS. What will they have left for next gen? Are they just going to buy every game? I suppose you could argue the best games on 360 haven't been 1st party but 3rd party. Thats true, but its likely cos they havent encouraged studios enough from the beginning. Seriously, if Gears is your best game, thats just not good enough in my book. So overatted. They should have made something better themselves by now. A software company with no software developers.
Factor 5 says hi.
I forgot about Factor 5! Yeah...I seem to remember Sony signing a contract with them so that they owned the company. Oh, wait...that never happened. They just spent multi-millions on advertising Lair to help Factor 5. I guess that WAS Sony's fault...for not shutting down a studio they didn't own. You're a frickin' genius...you know that?
That sucks. Age of Empires was a great franchise
i agree one of my fav pc games .. what ever they fuking got money to pay for stupid dlc that people dont want and they didnt have money to keep a nice stupid with good devs open BULLLLL!!!!
These is stupid ... i mean why in the hell i get it that times are hard and all but why close a studio that has talent ?? .. i mean come on we all know that are games that suck on all consoles but i bet microsoft could find a bad one to shut down ... but what ever they do have Millions to trow for stupid DLCs and they arent able to NOT get a freaking stupid DLC and trow that money in these studio keep it open and found a game for ALOT LES THAN 50MIL.. but what ever going to miss on some good pc games cus of microsoft!
what is there to disagree the fact that can use the money they pai for DLC to save these studio and their Devs jobs ?????
so true man how can they live on dlc and multplats for long. Wont work
yet xbots praise everything microsoft do i hope sony picks them up
lol! sony picks them up? haha! Here is out of the oven news about Sony: http://www.marketwatch.com/... "HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Asian markets fell early Friday, with techs under pressure after declines in U.S. markets overnight and worries over earnings. Sony Corp. lost ground after releasing its third-fiscal quarter results after the market close Thursday, with its shares down 4.5% in early action." So, I doubt it... Sony have plenty of problem of their own... so unlike you sony lovers idea that Sony will give jobs and purchase every studio out there.. mmm.. that's not the case. The bottom line is that these economy troubled time is affecting the whole world and every single company. It's important for companies to cut extra expenses in order to survive the global recession or the entire company get go down the drain. Many of these games may not be good return of investments... take the 1400 employees that it took to make 1 game (MS flying simulator)... I doubt that games was selling enough to pay all those employees. Same could be with Ensemble Studios. Eventually when the economy gets better (if it ever does and the end of the world does not come) there will be plenty of time and money to buy studios that burn millions and can be reported as tax write offs... but for now... it's all about survival not... some sony fanboys feelings...
This place is so full of irony! Like you droid fishheads don't do the exact same thing about $ony. "According to Shelley, “at least two new studios” will be formed by former employees, one of which will handle their online presence, and one to handle post-launch support for Halo Wars." So it sounds like we will be seeing at least 2 new studios formed.
blademask you try to hard. Just let it go, ensemble are a great studio dont you think they will remain connected to ms in some form?
Pick em up Sony
they probably will
Actually I dont think so. But I hope you're right. Sony can live without them for sure but it would be great if they could team up for at nice game I think.
Sony! Revive them! If you don't, Phil Harrison and Atari will! He's risen them from the ashes! The man's a gaming God!
Damn, I guess that's any small glimmer of hope for Age of Mythology 2 out the window. I loved that game, got me into online gaming. RIP Ensemble
Age of mythology was great. Love all the pantheon characters and stories associated with them. Too bad another great Dev closes.
F U Microsoft, RIP ES
That is really sad. :( I do look foward to playing Halo Wars.
looks like a real good game (halo Wars) ensemble are, was a great studio.
I loved AOE series, they where shiny diamond in microsofts 1st party. In my eyes, Lionhead and rare cant get even close to what they achieved with the AOE series, as its considered as one of the best Real time strategy game series of all time, if not the best. No, I am not going to buy AOE games that are not made by Ensemble. >: (
Lol I like how First Knight isn't replying he knows he got told.
I'm sure I'll really like this as I've played and like their previous games and this game looks great. I worry about MS's long term stratagey though... if you were in this game for the long run, you would not be closing dowen long established and sucesful game dev studios, it simply doesn't make sense.
errr, Ensemble is forming a new studio, which will also have tight relations with MS.
Seems like its more a reorganisation then a closure.
They closed down ES due to the amount of money it costed Microsoft to keep them open. As a fan of Age of Empires and the studio it is sad to see them being closed down. The Age of Empires IP will still be owned by Microsoft though.
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