Archive 9.2006

Spirit of FireHalo Wars Revealed

Ensemble Studios is bringing real-time-strategy to the Xbox 360 and to the Halo universe. Designed exclusively for the Xbox 360, Halo Wars allows you to take charge of the human UNSC armies and see the Halo universe from a totally new perspective. Halo Wars is set during the UNSC's first deadly encounters with the Covenant, allowing players to lead the crew of the UNSC's "Spirit of Fire" from initial skirmishes to an all out war against the evil Covenant.

Visit to view concept art, the game trailer, and chat in our forums. | 09/27/06

AztecsOfficial WarChiefs Site Launched

The Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs official website has now launched, giving players more information and gameplay movies for the three new civilizations about to set foot on the battlefield.

Bruce Shelley is also continuing to update his developer's blog, with the latest addition covering the process behind the gold announcement for The WarChiefs, and some other interesting going ons here at Ensemble Studios.

WarChiefs Site | Developer's Blog | 09/22/06

PreviewThe WarChiefs Gone Gold

"Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs," the expansion pack to the best-selling "Age of Empires III," has gone gold, introducing three playable Native American civilizations in a struggle for control of the Americas. The next installment of the "Age of Empires" franchise for Windows from Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios will hit store shelves on Oct. 17.

The new expansion pack will build off of the exciting real-time-strategy gameplay of "Age of Empires III," providing players with the ability to lead one of three proud Native American civilizations including the Iroquois Confederation, the Sioux Nation and the Aztec Empire. "Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs" will include enhanced gameplay features with the addition of the WarChief unit, Tribal Council and Fire Pit. more.

Major congratulations to the Expansion Pack team here at Ensemble Studios! - Thunder

WarChiefs Trailer (47MB) | Press Release | 09/19/06

109Patch 1.09 Released

Patch 1.09 is now available through the in-game auto updater or from our game updates page. Click "Help and Tools" then click "Update Game" to get the latest version. This patch adds several changes to increase the rate at which Home Cities advance in level, including new bonus experience awarded after each game you play.

If you have any mods for Age of Empires III installed, it is recommended that you uninstall them before installing new patches.

Download Patch 1.09 | Patch Notes | 09/19/06

aoe3hHeavenGames Mod Contest

The team at AOE3 Heaven is currently running a modding contest, with a new theme each round. Modders will be creating a new unit for each theme and the winner will be receiving The WarChiefs expansion pack! The contest is already underway, so you'll need to start work quickly! Best of luck to everyone who gets involved with this contest, we're excited to see the cool new units that are produced.


gamespotGameSpot WarChiefs Interview

The team at GameSpot have recently conducted a follow-up interview with Sandy Petersen, our design lead on The WarChiefs expansion pack! There are a number of in-depth questions on the new civilizations, the Sioux, the Iroquois, and the Aztecs that Sandy tackles. Stop by and read the full story!

GameSpot Interviews Sandy Petersen | 09/13/06