Guess which classic RTS looks fantastic in Lego form: Age of Empires II! Artizan, the creator, intends to recreate as much of the game as possible. You can see his progress here and even support him if you want to. An ambitious project, but it'd be nice to see those larger buildings (and catapults) next to these. » 11/08/13 8:30am 11/08/13 8:30am

My Little Age of Empires II: World Domination is Magic

With the release of Age of Empires II HD, Ensemble Studios' classic strategy game is re-capturing the hearts of PC gamers everywhere. Turns out some of those hearts have gotten a tad bit more colorful since 1999. Youtuber Yudhaikeledai has taken the game's distinctive intro and ponified it. » 4/11/13 8:30am 4/11/13 8:30am

Halo Wars Goes Dark On Dec. 15

Barely two years after its release, Microsoft is pulling the plug on Halo Wars on Dec. 15, axing leaderboards and stat-tracking as well as the forums. Fans of the real-time strategy game are not pleased. » 11/21/10 1:00pm 11/21/10 1:00pm

Why The Halo MMO Was Cancelled

A few years ago, Microsoft-owned Ensemble Studios, the team behind Age of Empires, was working on a Halo massively-multiplayer online game, code-named Titan. That project ended up a bust, and was cancelled by Microsoft. Here's why. » 4/13/10 12:00am 4/13/10 12:00am

Scrapped Halo MMO's title: 'Halo Universe'?

Dylan Cole, an artist formerly with Ensemble Studios, has on his personal Web site some concept pieces for a canceled Halo project that may or may not have been called "Halo Universe." » 9/20/09 6:30pm 9/20/09 6:30pm

Ensemble: We Were A Victim Of Our Own Success

Ensemble made the Age of Empire series. Which was hugely successful. Ensemble were, however, recently shut down. Was it because they were too successful? A former employee thinks so. » 3/11/09 5:30am 3/11/09 5:30am

Ensemble Says Goodbye With Halo Wars Concept Art

Now that Halo Wars is out the door and Ensemble Studios has gone the way of the dinosaur, former employees of the developer have seen fit to release some of the game's lovely concept art. » 3/08/09 4:00pm 3/08/09 4:00pm

Halo Wars Review: A Fistful of Spartans

Halo has been safely nesting in the loving hands of Bungie for more than seven years. And it's excelled as a first-person shooter, proving finally that you can make a great shooter on a console. » 2/23/09 3:00pm 2/23/09 3:00pm

Bonfire Rises From The Ashes Of Ensemble

Robot Entertainment isn't the only development house rising from the ruins of Halo Wars developer Ensemble Studios, as 35 ex-Ensemble employees join together as Bonfire Studios, already hard at work on an original title. » 2/19/09 7:30pm 2/19/09 7:30pm

Master Chief Is The Batman Of The Future

The latest video documentary for the real-time strategy game Halo Wars takes a look at the individual units appearing in the game, from hordes of Spartans to swarms of Locusts. » 2/03/09 4:20pm 2/03/09 4:20pm

The History Of The Halo MMO, And Ensemble's Other Cancelled Projects

While Ensemble Studios - recently shuttered by owners Microsoft - were busy stowing their gear and shutting down operations, Gamasutra thought it'd be an idea to go ask a few more questions about the Halo MMO. » 2/02/09 9:00pm 2/02/09 9:00pm

Europe's Getting A "Best of Halo" Xbox 360 Bundle

Halo Wars' attach rate should be comfortably boosted in Europe, thanks to a new bundle that Microsoft looks to be introducing in the continent. Swedish retailers are now listing a "Best of Halo" hardware release. » 1/28/09 7:40pm 1/28/09 7:40pm

Every Unit, Building From Halo Wars Catalogued

The clock's ticking for poor Ensemble Studios. But they're not done just yet, and one of the studio's final acts of PR has been to release pics and info on the units of Halo Wars. » 12/24/08 12:30am 12/24/08 12:30am

What Halo Wars Developer Learned About Halo Players

Developer Ensemble Studios has had a two part challenge: Make a solid RTS for consoles and make it in the Halo universe. No easy task by any means. » 12/01/08 8:00am 12/01/08 8:00am

Halo MMO Was Originally Given The Green Light

Bad idea or not, there were plenty of people at both Microsoft and Ensemble Studios who thought making a Halo MMO was a good idea » 11/18/08 12:00am 11/18/08 12:00am. So many, in fact, that prior to the game's cancellation, it had actually been given the green light to enter full-blown production, and it was only "some reorganization at Microsoft" that…

Finally, Some More Halo Wars Gameplay

Click to view » 11/03/08 11:30pm 11/03/08 11:30pm We , , but what we really needed to see was how the thing . This vid shows how it works. There's a "circle menu" that drives most of the game's commands, and the whole thing looks it just avoid being a total disaster. Oh, and stick around til the end to see Ensemble's take on Flood civic planning.

Ensemble Studios May (Soon) Be Dead, But They're Not Out

Ensemble Studios may be a sinking ship but that doesn't mean that the talented developers behind the Dallas-based, real-time centric studio are soon to be lost to the great deep blue. Halo Wars Assistant Producer Bill Jackson told me that the key team members are all staying on board to finish up Halo Wars and get it… » 10/09/08 4:30am 10/09/08 4:30am