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Microsoft made a mistake closing Ensemble

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Graeme Devine, head of Ensemble studio’s, has been chatting to D-Pad magazine about Halo Wars and the imminent closure of Ensemble studio’s.

It was nice to see the passion coming through from Graeme when he mentions

““I’ve been working on Halo Wars for over four years, so I’m not about to walk away from a game I’ve spent four years of my life with. It’d be very easy for us to just finish a game, mail it in and sell that but we are not really in it for that. It’s our proud shout to Microsoft, and the reason why their mistake is so obvious.”

And I have to agree with him there, I think Microsoft made a big mistake and I think it’s pretty obvious.

However I am not sure I see it the same as Graeme, I think Microsoft has made a mistake by dooming the studio before the game is released and at the same time they have doomed the game itself. Obviously the game is going to be terrible otherwise why would Microsoft close the studio mid production?

But then again why are they even finishing it if the game is so bad that it warranted closure? The thing is I don’t expect the game to be awful, I don’t expect it to be a number 1 smash hit but all in all it looks okay.

So why did Microsoft rush the gun and commit marketing Hara-Kiri?

Has Microsoft used Ensemble as an example to their other studio’s who get out of line or has it been purely a logistical issue with Ensemble?

I don’t think we will ever know the full truth behind Ensemble’s closure but I wish Graeme all the best in proving Microsoft wrong on this one, let’s hope Halo Wars is absolutely awesome.

Last Updated: November 18, 2008


  1. Wolfy

    November 18, 2008 at 11:20

    well like they say dont bite the hand that feeds you. this must be purely because Ms is moving slowly but surely away from pc gaming and seeing these guys have givin us age of empires and age of mythology which was purely for PC. And concentrate more on the future xbox which rumor has it is allready in development. or heck who knows maybe its just the global financail crisis jumping into effect


  2. Inferno888

    November 18, 2008 at 15:22

    If the game is anything like Halo 3, then it will be disappointing for me! 👿


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