a rumor that Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires
) will shut down completely
following the release of the upcoming console RTS game Halo Wars (due next
year). According to their anonymous sources, described as "multiple independent
reports," employees not associated Halo Wars were let go today, while incentives
have been offered to those staying on to complete that project. Neither Ensemble
nor Microsoft have commented on this story at this point. Thanks nin.