Ensemble alums proclaim Orcs Must Die

Robot Entertainment's first effort falls in fantasy action-strategy genre, due on PC, possibly 360, PS3, this summer.

Ensemble Studios' closure by Microsoft in 2009 sent shock waves throughout the industry, but it didn't take long for many of the Age of Empires developers to land on their feet. One studio to form out of that studio's remnants was Robot Entertainment, which formed under Tony Goodman and other former members of Ensemble's leadership team.

Orcs Must Die pretty much sums up the gameplay.

Today, Robot's first orders have been inputted, as the studio announced it will release Orcs Must Die as a digital download on consoles and PC this summer. According to a Robot representative, exact platforms have yet to be nailed down, but the studio is aiming to release the title on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

As its title may imply, Orcs Must Die sees players defending their castle from a never-ending flood of orcs and other infernal beasts. As seen in the game's first trailer (below), the high-intensity action title sees players strategically retreating through their keeps while laying and springing traps that range from spiked logs to magical wrecking-ball pendulums.

Robot expects to offer additional details on the title at PAX East, which will take place from March 11-13 in Boston.

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31 comments
Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Well, I looovee Age of Empires 2 & Age of Mythology... but not with AOE3... and Halo Wars is just horribly atrocious!! I'm not really sure about this one, but I'll keep my eyes on it. 8)

ronnet
ronnet

These guys should make something like 'Empire of Ages' and show Microsoft how these games are done.

raichou
raichou

While this does look interesting in a junk food gaming kind of a way, I still want my Age of Empires IV :( (and no, AOE online isn't it)

NukeKnight
NukeKnight

It's kind of like tower defense but you run around and hack and slash from a 3rd person point of view! Looks freaken cool.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Strategy/Defense type games are usually fun especially when you can use traps to your advantage but judging from the video this just looks like a mess. Graphics look hokey and ancient character models look generic, sorry I'm just not getting a good first impression....

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Somehow read the headline as the first time... Anyway, sounds interesting.

MrBlobz
MrBlobz

wow, found out just after a wrote my post that gas powered games just took the lead on AOE:O

MrBlobz
MrBlobz

robot entertainment is also in charge of the new Age of Empires Online due out sometime this year. I find it strange that this is not mentioned

crashmer
crashmer

Looks fun, now make it cheap, add co-op and you got a winner. :)

ziproy
ziproy

There was NO reason for Ensemble to be closed. Sure there was Halo Wars but the game wasn't bad enough to close one of the first and best RTS developers

driton
driton

Hey that was really nice game there :).

doomsoth
doomsoth

Looks fun; I wish Robot Entertainment the best as Ensemble will be missed.

JamesLiamPorsch
JamesLiamPorsch

At first, I thought it said "Orcas" must die, and I got a little but worried and intrigued.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Holy crap that looks like fun!

Majd_Abdulqadir
Majd_Abdulqadir

Ensemble was a solid studio. Its closure came as a surprise to many, and I'm glad they've managed to rebuild themselves even if it's as an indy developer. Good luck fellows!

comandobee
comandobee

i was expecting an RTS.... oh well. this actually doesnt look too bad

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Has my support and my attention; I'll definitely give this a shot. Microsoft closing this shop was infuriating; AoE2 is probably still one of my favorite RTS games of all time.

Zverugin
Zverugin

Goddamit M$! Why did you closed Ensemble? What, they didn't wanted make games for Xbox? Hate Ballmer, and his corp...

Ovirew
Ovirew

Looks kinda fun. Good to see that Ensemble isn't completely dead.

Neosword
Neosword

If it's not too expensive it could be worth a try