Ensemble Studios, the developers of Halo Wars and known for the Age of Empires games will be shutting down after the release of Halo Wars.
Not only that but today they announced that they are giving the axe to all non-essential employees as well as employees not directly related to the Halo Wars project. All the members that will stay onboard are being offered incentives to stay with the studio until the game is complete.
More after the jump.
What on earth is going on at Ensemble? Why would the studio be shut down so suddenly and why would a studio of this caliber need to be shut down anyway? These are things I don’t know and maybe there is a good reason, but we don’t know it because there have not been any other official statements or comments released by Microsoft or Ensemble yet.
Halo Wars is due for release in the first half of 2009.[Update: The closing of the studio has now been officially confirmed]
Last Updated: September 10, 2008