"Things don't usually go very well for game studios when they close. Usually a new studio forms, but it involves years of uncertainty and proving themselves to publishers again. Things went a bit better for the remnants of now-defunct Ensemble Studios, creators of Age of Empires. The biggest group that splintered off of this long-time PC developer formed up again as Robot Entertainment a few years ago, and their first independent game, Orcs Must Die!, went on to do pretty well on both PC and Xbox Live Arcade. The biggest complaint with this action/RPG/tower defense hybrid game was its lack of multiplayer modes, which just seemed like it'd be an exceptionally good fit (although I also lamented the release state of the PC version, which lacked control customization, among a few other little things - all of which were eventually fixed). It's been just under a year, and Robot Entertainment's sequel, Orcs Must Die! 2, is about to be released on PC exclusively this week."