Ensemble spin-off studio already working on new Halo Wars content

Ensemble spin-off studio already working on new Halo Wars content
Michael French

By Michael French

February 18th 2009 at 9:20AM

Robot Entertainment working on new RTS content plus new IP

The studio formed after the closure of Ensemble has official confirmed its formation - and at the same time confirmed plans to keep developing new Halo Wars content.

Robot has a staff of 45 comprised entirely of former Ensemble employees, and was originally reported on earlier this week. The team originally developed the hit franchise Age of Empires - Tony Goodman, the founder of Ensemble, is the CEO of Robot.

"The video game industry is in a state of upheaval," said Goodman in the official announcement of the studio's opening. "Not just games, but the entire landscape. Everything is changing:  where we buy games, how we buy games, how much we pay, how long we play, who we play them with. As a fast-moving independent team of game developers, industry leaders and market experts, Robot Entertainment is ideally positioned to play a transformative role in the industry’s future."

The studio is now working with Microsoft Game Studios to develop additional content for Halo Wars, support online gaming and community for both that title and Age of Empires, while also developing its own original IP.