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Post by Toaster on Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:58 pm

http://kotaku.com/5144947/the-history-of-the-halo-mmo-and-ensembles-other-cancelled-projects

The article explains that the notorious "Halo MMO" had actually been in development for a very long time, and that ES had nearly based its future plans on its existence and hopeful success.

The article also mentions that Halo Wars "evolved" from a primitive Martians-VS-humans RTS.

I have to admit, the article does make me feel a hint of sadness on behalf of the closing studio.
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Post by Dud Doodoo on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:52 pm

I'm glad they're closed, those games look HORRIBLE! Plus they're all RPGs and MMOs, the absolute worst game types, made by one of the absolutely worst game companies.

Do not rest in peace ES.

Anyways they already said that they're actually just closing down as ES and re opening as something else, for a fresh start. I don't see why you have to leave such an awesome legacy behind you in order for you to make new crappy games.

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Post by Gold Spartan on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:57 pm

DAMMIT!!!! Diablo in space wouldve been epic. But rest in peace ES, sorry you had to be destroyed by Halo Wars.
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Post by Rotaretilbo on Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:43 pm

Not entirely true, Dud. Ensemble Studios, like RTS legend Westwood Studios before it, is being shut down because a game idea the publisher that owned them forced onto them didn't look as good as the publisher originally thought. And like WS, most of the ES employees will probably branch off to make their own new company. However, like WS, these games won't be of quite the same quality, since the publisher will hold onto a few key assets and a few others will just leave the industry. I mean, have you ever heard of Petroglyph Games? Sure, you might have heard of Star Wars: Empires at War, or Universe at War, but have you heard of the company? Will EaW ever come anywhere close to the former glory of C&C that EA destroyed? No. All noes. And EA will pay dearly for this heresy...

*broods*

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Post by CivBase on Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:33 pm

It was named Phoenix? :Blink: *stares at LP*
Is he-?

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Post by Lord Pheonix on Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:35 pm

This is what happens when I have a plan and people don't go according to it




THEIR BUSINESS FAILS, THEY LOSE THEIR JOBS, AND THEIR FAMILY GOES OUT ON THE STREET.





Learn from their mistakes
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Post by Rotaretilbo on Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:12 pm

On the other hand, I can finally understand why they were so defensive about me putting my Halo MMOFPS ideas on their site.

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Post by Lord Pheonix on Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:14 pm

lol, their mad our shit was better then theirs

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Post by Kasrkin Seath on Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:21 pm

Rotaretilbo wrote:On the other hand, I can finally understand why they were so defensive about me putting my Halo MMOFPS ideas on their site.

I cans have some credits for MMOFPS idea?



I HATE EA!!
THEY DESTROYED MY FAVORITE GAME STUDIO AND GAME SERIES(Westwood, C&C)
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Post by Vigil on Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:23 pm

Rotaretilbo wrote:Not entirely true, Dud. Ensemble Studios, like RTS legend Westwood Studios before it, is being shut down because a game idea the publisher that owned them forced onto them didn't look as good as the publisher originally thought. And like WS, most of the ES employees will probably branch off to make their own new company. However, like WS, these games won't be of quite the same quality, since the publisher will hold onto a few key assets and a few others will just leave the industry. I mean, have you ever heard of Petroglyph Games? Sure, you might have heard of Star Wars: Empires at War, or Universe at War, but have you heard of the company? Will EaW ever come anywhere close to the former glory of C&C that EA destroyed? No. All noes. And EA will pay dearly for this heresy...

*broods*

I read this evening that Brett Sperry and some other former Westwood Employess just set up a company called Jet Set games.

Let's hope they make something better than EA.

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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:51 pm

ES go to Hell. I hope Pottinger gets his old job back as a lowly AI programmer, and I hope Graeme gets a job in Customer Service... meaning he'll have to shave his beard and hold himself to a dress code.

Given ES's track record with Halo Wars, who the Hell would trust them with a Halo MMO as far as they could throw a cheesecake underwater?
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Post by BBJynne on Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:09 pm

I can throw a cheesecake to russia.

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Post by Dud Doodoo on Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:29 pm

Am I the only one who saw the pictures? There was some old ones of the Halo MMO. It was a FAILURE!!!

I hate how paragon said that it was simply a concept. From the screenshots it had obviously been in the works for a while.

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Post by CivBase on Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:50 pm

Dud Doodoo wrote:Am I the only one who saw the pictures? There was some old ones of the Halo MMO. It was a FAILURE!!!

I hate how paragon said that it was simply a concept. From the screenshots it had obviously been in the works for a while.
Games change. Remember, Halo started as an RTS. They even got an engine up and had it going, not hard to believe that they got so far with it.

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Post by Lord Pheonix on Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:46 pm

all games look like shit when they are being made, that's why they are BEING made and not being sold.

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Post by L0d3x on Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:24 am

Rasq'uire'laskar wrote:ES go to Hell. I hope Pottinger gets his old job back as a lowly AI programmer, and I hope Graeme gets a job in Customer Service... meaning he'll have to shave his beard and hold himself to a dress code.

Given ES's track record with Halo Wars, who the Hell would trust them with a Halo MMO as far as they could throw a cheesecake underwater?

So true, that Halo MMO looked like a disgrace to the Halo universe, kinda like halo wars, but more extreme.

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Post by KristallNacht on Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:58 am

It was obvious SOMEONE was makign a Halo MMO when MS researchers wrote up a report on getting the Halo 3 engine to properly run in a MMO style game without a server.
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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:33 pm

Lord Pheonix wrote:all games look like shit when they are being made, that's why they are BEING made and not being sold.
Exactly. Look at StarCraft II.

The Halo MMO might work, but it needs a dedicated developer that won't screw up Halo.
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Post by Angatar on Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:10 pm

*Cough* Bungie*Cough
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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:22 pm

Except Bungie decided to get the Hell out of Dodge.
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