Ensemble: Age of Empires III was a big mistake

Posted By | On 15th, Feb. 2011 Under News

Ensemble Studios founder, Bruce Shelly doesn’t really hold Age of Empires III in high regard.

During an interview with Kotaku, Shelly said that AoE III “just wasn’t an Age game” and described the design process as “huge mistake”.

“We wanted to create something that was 30 percent the same, 30 percent borrowed and 30 percent innovative.

“I think we tried to do too much.”

He did say that late into development, the devs did realize this and wanted to roll back but met with little success and the end-game resulted in something that “just wasn’t an Age game anymore.”

Ensemble shut down in 2009, partly as a result of that while Age of Empires with getting made into a free-to-play online game by Microsoft.

Unpleasant endings all round.

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  • yodathe3rd

    i don’t think it was a mistake i still love age of empires 2 one of the best lan party games around since you can run it on any system really. i do love age of empires 3 though what an amazing and dense game.

    • Rashid Sayed

      But still, do you think Ensemble studios should have said that? I mean AOE is one of best RTS franchise around.

  • Pixolator

    Never give a chance to this serie, even tho I’m a big fan of settlers in Amiga, that game was really fun.

  • noxtics

    Wow what a terrible thing to say. All he’s really done here is blown his credibility in the game industry. He’s also blown the credibility of the people he worked with.

    What he’s saying there is that we knew it was a mistake, we didn’t agree with it and put it out anyway. And I am sure along the way too there were tons of interviews and video and written and they talked up the games and all this.

    And it turns out all that was said was just lies?

  • Grijze Pilion

    It was a great game. Not the best RTS ever, but it sure had everything! Music, graphics, and massive depth!


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