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Ensemble Studios

Ensemble Studios was a Microsoft-owned company that has developed several computer games, including the famous Age of Empires series. The company was founded in 1995 in Dallas by Tony Goodman, his brother, Rick Goodman, Bruce Shelley, and Brian Sullivan. After 2 years, it released its first game, Age of Empires. In May 2001, Microsoft acquired the company. The company employed about 100 people, including Bruce Shelley, Graeme Devine and Sandy Petersen.

The company cooperated with Bungie to create one of the Halo game projects, Halo Wars. Frank O'Connor announced in one of his weekly updates that Ensemble was designing the entire game, with Bungie playing a supporting role to ensure the story would fit in the Halo Universe.

On September 10, 2008, Ensemble Studios announced that it would be closing after Halo Wars was released. Dave Pottinger, Lead Designer of Halo Wars, issued a response assuring that the quality of the game would not be affected. Pottinger's response can be found on the game's home page. Post-release support for the game is being provided by Robot Entertainment, where roughly half of Ensemble's crew went after the close.

Name Release Date Genre
Age of Empires 1997 RTS
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome 1998 Expansion pack
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1999 RTS
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors 2000 Expansion pack
Age of Mythology 2002 RTS
Age of Mythology: The Titans 2003 Expansion pack
Age of Empires III 2005 RTS
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs 2006 Expansion pack
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties[1] 2007 Expansion pack
Halo Wars 2009 RTS
Untitled Halo MMO Cancelled MMORPG

Known Employees[]


  1. Co-developed with Big Huge Games.