In case you didn’t know, Ensemble Studios, creators of Age of Empires as well as the upcoming Halo Wars, is closing shop soon. This announcement came rather suddenly, and makes a few wonder what’s going to happen to any future titles of those properties.
With this announcement, some information is starting to leak about old projects that got the axe at Ensemble, too, including a Halo MMO that was in development until last year.
Various screenshots and concept art have hit the web now, showing off mock-up user interfaces, character prototypes, vehicles and some World of Warcraft-esque environments to boot.
A part of me is curious about what a Halo MMO could even address in terms of story and gameplay, especially considering the mock-up screens show mana bars. Wondering how that would even fit into the universe. However, all told, I’m glad this never saw the light of day. I mean, let’s get real. It just looks awkward to have lightsaber wielding Spartans running around with their boobs hanging out or their MJOLNIR suits.
Go check it out for yourselves at Flickr.
What are your thoughts on this? Think that a Halo MMO had any potential at all?