Ensemble Studios' Bruce Shelley has posted on his official blog saying his goodbyes before the imminent closure of the Halo Wars and Age of Empires developer.

"We are working our way through the final week with mixed emotions," explained Shelley. "We have a lot to be proud of and new opportunities are beckoning, but it is also sad to see this particular great adventure coming to an end. Boxes are piled in the hallways for trash; people are giving away games and other stuff they don't want any more; computers are being wiped; and our corporate IDs are being turned in. Although we will be keeping in touch through some alumni initiatives, many of us may not cross paths again."

Shelley added: "There are at least two new studios being formed by ES employees and I expect both to do very well. There were a lot of outstanding game developers here and it will be interesting to see how and what they do, both individually and as new groups, in the years ahead."

According to Shelley, one of these new studios will be "picking up" support for both Halo Wars and ESO. Regarding Halo Wars, Shelley also noted that while they can't talk about specific reviews a few scores they have seen are very positive and compare "very favourably with existing games".

Expect lots more on Halo Wars over the coming weeks, in addition to information relating to the newly formed studios.