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. 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.
Games[edit | edit source]
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.
|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||expansion pack|
|2009||Halo Wars||real-time strategy|
References[edit | edit source]
- Microsoft to acquire Ensemble Studios at GameSpot
- Co-developed with Big Huge Games.