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Microsoft to Close Ensemble Studios Following the Completion of Halo Wars

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In an article published by Shacknews, Microsoft has released an official statement which details their decision to close Ensemble Studios, a developer within Microsoft Game Studios, upon completion of the upcoming title Halo Wars, a real-time strategy game based on the Halo franchise.

The full statement can be read below:

Microsoft has decided to close Ensemble Studios following the completion of Halo Wars. After the closure, the Ensemble leadership team will form a new studio and has agreed to provide ongoing support for Halo Wars as well as work on other projects with Microsoft Game Studios.

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Thanks to wolf2009 for sending this in.
 
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Why close a studio that's making plenty of profit? This seems like a strange move on Microsoft's part.:confused:
 
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thats a shame i hope they dont close Rare
the new studio better keep making age of empires

i hope this means they can get new games out faster its a shame ensemble was great

at least they are making a new studio
 

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Who knows why, but Im trying to remember Age of Mythology,
 
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the only RTS games that hold a place in my heart are Starcraft, Warcraft, And the CnC Seiries. Halo Wars looks promising though, and lets hope this news doesn't dim the creativity and passion of those working on it.
 
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"This was a fiscally-rooted decision that keeps MGS on its growth path."

For those of you who are wondering, this means that Microsoft Game Studios is not growing at as great a rate as they want. By adding Ensemble Studio's entire revenue stream to MGS' they can meet their profit quotas, even though MGS' growth personally could be stagnant.

They are just moving money to make the books look good.
 

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what The @**%, Microsoft?!

Damn! I loved the Age of series!! I was hoping for an Age of Mythology 2!! GAAAaH!!!

This is a DOUBLE DISS! First MS has one of the best RTS developers make a game out of one of the WORST FPSs of all time, then they shut them down...
 
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Damn, that seems to reduce the chances of a PC port of Halo Wars. I have an Xbox 360 and you can bet that unless it is a 95/100 or better experience, I won't be buying it because RTS + joystick = frustrating (almost always).
 
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Eww, Halo. I'm gonna go wash my mouth out with Half-Life certified mouthwash.
 
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Damn, that seems to reduce the chances of a PC port of Halo Wars. I have an Xbox 360 and you can bet that unless it is a 95/100 or better experience, I won't be buying it because RTS + joystick = frustrating (almost always).
Well they said, that Halo Wars is being built from the ground up to be a console RTS. No crappy port where the controls dont work very well. So it wouldnt suprise if they didnt feel the need for a PC port. Its the first RTS I'm getting on a console. All others Ive tried, like C+C really dont work well enough an a gamepad.
 
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Age of empires they could do a modern version of a war, or a ww2 game but then making the buildings would be stupid its not like you can mine for gold in WW2
 
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Age of empires they could do a modern version of a war, or a ww2 game but then making the buildings would be stupid its not like you can mine for gold in WW2
yeah you can :p
 
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Kinda crappy, I loved Age of Mythology, even if it was unbalanced as hell. Always wanted another one.
 
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Oh Man!!

:(

Ensemble were one of the best in the business. Really enjoyed the quality and detail in the Age games. I hope the employees get snapped up elsewhere or join up to create their own studios :)
 
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Well they said, that Halo Wars is being built from the ground up to be a console RTS. No crappy port where the controls dont work very well. So it wouldnt suprise if they didnt feel the need for a PC port.
Even if they are "redoing" it from gound up it dosent mean that you wont be using a joystick on the controler for RTS. RTS is just best with mouse and keyboard honestly.