A third studio has emerged from the ashes of Ensemble Studios -- the newly-founded Windstorm Studios is already at work on its first online game.
Windstorm has been founded by ex-Ensemble staffer Dusty Monk and will be "utilizing licensed and proven technologies, and contracting with industry veterans".
The companyâ€™s website indicates that the studio is already working on building technology, art and environments for its first project â€" although no further details are offered.
It is unclear whether the studio already has a publishing deal, but it is looking for funding partners, not yet hiring new staff.
"In 2008, when Microsoft closed my then employer Ensemble Studios, I saw an opportunity for something new â€" not just for myself, but for the genre which I love so muchâ€ť, commented Monk in apparent reference to the real-time strategy genre.
â€śWindstorm Studios is the realization of that opportunity. I bring with me close to fifteen years of professional game development experience, and have contributed to some of the best triple-A titles in the business,â€ť he added.
The announcement fulfills Ensemble Studios co-founder Bruce Shelleyâ€™s prediction
of â€śat least two new studiosâ€ť being formed by ex-Ensemble employees. These include co-founder Tony Goodmanâ€™s Robot Entertainment
and Bonfire Studios
- founded by David Rippy and "former management team members" from Ensemble.
The three independent studios come in addition to a new internal Microsoft studio led by the â€śEnsemble leadership teamâ€ť. Microsoft announced the closure of Ensemble Studios
last September, before the release of the developerâ€™s final game Halo Wars
. The move was described as a "fiscally-rooted decisionâ€ť.