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Ensemble was 'too successful'

Developer was typecast by games industry

Recently closed studio Ensemble, RTS specialists formerly owned by Microsoft (and recent creators of Halo Wars), were "victims of their own success", Bonfire Studios exec David Rippy tells GI.biz.

Rippy is one of the founding developers behind Bonfire; one of the studios that has sprung up from the ashes of Ensemble, the game maker suggesting that their RTS success led to Ensemble being "pigeonholed" in the business.

"With the cost of creating games so high, studios are almost forced to diversify across platforms," the veteran explains.

"Aside from the financial risk of sticking to one platform or one genre, you also risk being pigeonholed in the industry.

"Ensemble was kind of a victim of its own success as an RTS shop. As hard as we tried, we were never able to have one of our non-RTS prototypes greenlit, largely because we were 'the RTS guys'."

We'll keep you posted on Bonfire's projects as they reveal them. Farewell Ensemble.

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