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By Zeus’ Beard! Age Of Mythology Revamp Coming In May

By Alice O'Connor on April 3rd, 2014.

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And yea, they did speak of times past when the Earth was more innocent. Gods and monsters moved among us, entire pantheons warred, and we were pleased. Yet today’s impetuous youth sneer “Yeah but it doesn’t even have ambient occlusion does it?” All right clever clogs, look here: following a little tease earlier this year, Microsoft has revealed the revamped Age of Mythology Extended Edition for release in early May.

Beyond obviously making Ensemble’s 2002 RTS play nicely with modern operating systems and monitors, it’s a bit shinied up with improved graphics and Steam gubbins.

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More On Cancelled Halo MMO

By Jim Rossignol on November 17th, 2008.


Shacknews have posted up an extract from an interview with Ensemble’s Dave Pottinger in which he talks about the cancelled Halo MMO. It turns out the model was very much “World Of Halocraft”, as people had suggested.

Shack: So you didn’t have plans to go for a more FPS-style game.

Dave Pottinger: It was definitely more of a classic MMO, but it still had that very action feel. Definitely more actiony than WoW.

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Cancelled Ensemble Game Was Halo MMO

By Jim Rossignol on September 23rd, 2008.


[Click for full image] UPDATE: Full Flickr set here.

Gamasutra have unearthed evidence that the Ensemble Studios project that was cancelled during 2007 was in fact a Halo MMO. The evidence includes several pieces of prototype art, with one mocked up screen (above).

The title seems to have been in development in 2006 and some of 2007 — though it’s by no means clear that it was the only MMO-related title in development at the studio at that time.

What is clear, however, is that Ensemble’s Bruce Shelley mentioned in a June 2008 blog post that they “…set up three prototype teams out of the staff of a major project that we cancelled. After six months of very interesting work, we have now stopped two of those prototypes, with one getting more time to demonstrate the value of its concept.”

Seems I was right about a Halo MMO being in development, but my timing sucks… It also means that a Halo MMO could well now be in development at another studio. Let’s try and guess!

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