AoMBruce's Blog - Closing Ensemble

Bruce Shelley has updated his blog with more information and thoughts on the closing of Ensemble Studios. He goes into the details on the decisions behind the closing and the future of the studios.

We are forging ahead right now here at Ensemble and continue to support the game and the community during this time.


AoMThe best 12 years

I am sure that you have all heard the news by now, Ensemble Studios closing its doors after we ship Halo Wars. It was certainly a shock to everyone when we found out about the decision. The team took it as best they could given the circumstances, and handled themselves professionally.

We are happy that Ensemble got to spend as much time as we did entertaining our fans over the last 12 years, and we would not be where we are without such a great bunch of people standing behind us. For what it is worth we thank you. As we move into the future we will continue to support the Age of Empires and Halo Wars fans and franchises and make sure that they are supported fairly.

I am incredibly proud our team here at Ensemble and of the time we have spent making games for you. It has been some of the best years we have had.


AoMGood Bye Graham

Bruce Shelley updated his blog with news about Graham "Thunder" Somers. Graham worked at and with Ensemble Studios and in the community for the last 10 years, and recently has gone back to his hometown of Vancouver British Columbia.

Ben "Solus" Donges also has his latest blog up at, discussing community relations, and with more pictures from inside Ensemble.


AoMESO Server Maintenance 9/9

We will be taking the servers down briefly again, but they will be back up as soon as possible.

The ESO servers are going to be taken offline for regularly scheduled maintenance on 9/9 at 1:00pm GMT (7:00am CST). Server down time is expected to be approximately 30 minutes.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to improve your online experience.