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(Originally posted on: 09-11-08 09:47:51 AM)
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Microsoft is going to shut it down.

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Confirmation has come fast in regard to rumors surfacing earlier today that Microsoft would be closing its internal developer Ensemble Studios upon the completion of sci-fi real-time strategy game Halo Wars. In a statement issued today, Microsoft confirmed that Ensemble will be shut down once the Xbox 360-exclusive RTS set in the best-selling Halo franchise ships out early next year.

"The team at Ensemble has made invaluable contributions to the games industry with their Age of Empires and Age of Mythology games and with the highly anticipated release of Halo Wars," the publisher said in a statement. "This decision does not reflect at all on Ensembleĺs talent or the quality of Halo Wars--in fact, many people who have had a chance to test drive Halo Wars agree that it is on track to being a fantastic game."

Though Microsoft will close the studio, Ensemble has plans to soldier on. As part of today's statement, Microsoft said that Ensemble's "leadership team" will form a new development house and has already entered into an agreement with the publisher to continue supporting Halo Wars post-launch, "as well as work on other projects with Microsoft Game Studios."

Commenting on the reason for the closure, Microsoft said, "This was a fiscally rooted decision that keeps MGS on its growth path. While the decision to dissolve Ensemble was not an easy one, Microsoft is working to place as many Ensemble employees who do not move to the newly formed studio into open positions within Microsoft as possible."

As noted earlier today, the Age of Empires brand has sold more than 20 million units since the first installment debuted on the PC in 1997. According to the NPD Group, Age of Empires III for the PC has sold 1.15 million units in the US alone through July 2008, with The Warchiefs expansion tallying nearly 305,000 more. (The second expansion, Asian Dynasties, was developed by Rise of Nations creators Big Huge Games.)

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Now while this means that ES is dead, and that its employees are being shuffled elsewhere, I wonder if this new design team that will spawn from its remains will take it upon themselves to continue the "Age of" franchise. I have a sneaking suspicion that it probably wont. *sigh*
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Reply 1 of 9 (Originally posted on: 09-11-08 11:58:51 AM)
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"This was a fiscally rooted decision"


When do businesses make large decisions to close large segments "just for fun" seems like every decision they make would have to do with :bling: that kind of comment has always annoyed me, kind of like when I here "we're in the business of making money" thanks a lot for that little gem of insight boss!
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Reply 2 of 9 (Originally posted on: 09-11-08 01:13:39 PM)
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Hopefully HG will go down with the ship.
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Reply 3 of 9 (Originally posted on: 09-11-08 04:13:10 PM)
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I've wondered how HG can continue to "support" games that are, in some cases, almost a decade old.
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Reply 4 of 9 (Originally posted on: 09-11-08 07:54:37 PM)
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That's too bad. Maybe some of the guys will go work for Maxis.
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Reply 5 of 9 (Originally posted on: 09-12-08 10:21:38 PM)
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Hopefully HG will go down with the ship.

It's already on the way out.
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Reply 6 of 9 (Originally posted on: 09-20-08 07:14:21 PM)
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Is it really in HG's CoC that trying to block their ads is a ban-able?
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Reply 7 of 9 (Originally posted on: 09-20-08 07:37:32 PM)
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Yes, but even staff block them so it really is null and void unless you bring it up.
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Reply 8 of 9 (Originally posted on: 09-21-08 06:35:53 AM)
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Why would you want Soccy's HG to go down?
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Reply 9 of 9 (Originally posted on: 09-21-08 09:47:34 PM)
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I can't say I'm that sad to see Ensemble go. I haven't liked anything they put out since The Conquerors.
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