Ensemble Studios was a video game developer initially established in 1995 as an independent company, but was owned by Microsoft from 2001 to 2009, when it was officially disbanded.[1] Ensemble developed many real time strategy games, including the original Age of Empires game series, its spinoff Age of Mythology, and Halo Wars. In addition to game development, Ensemble Studios also made the Genie Game Engine used in Age of Empires, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, and Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds.

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Ensemble Studios developed the Age of Empires game series of real-time strategy titles, comprising Age of Empires, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires III. They also released Age of Mythology, a spin-off from the original series. Expansion packs were also released for all their games including two for Age of Empires III. Their last release was the real-time strategy game Halo Wars for Xbox 360.

Title Genre
1997 Age of Empires RTS
1998 Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome expansion pack
1999 Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings RTS
2000 Age of Empires II: The Conquerors expansion pack
2002 Age of Mythology RTS
2003 Age of Mythology: The Titans expansion pack
2005 Age of Empires III RTS
2006 Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs expansion pack
2007 Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties[2] expansion pack
2009 Halo Wars real-time strategy

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Microsoft to acquire Ensemble Studios at GameSpot
  2. Co-developed with Big Huge Games.
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