Microsoft has announced through the official community website for Age of Empires III that they will be continuing to support the online services despite Ensemble's closure.
The studio is due for termination once they have completed their work on the console RTS Halo Wars. Many fans are still amazed that Microsoft has decided to close it at all.
"Some players have expressed anxiety over the future of Ensemble Studios and the ESO online service that keeps our games running.You don't need to worry though," reads the message on the .
"The ESO matchmaking service for Age of Mythology and Age of Empires 3 and the expansion packs will continue to be operated and be supported after Ensemble closes its doors."
Support for Age of Mythology/Empires matchmaking "will continue"
18 November 2008 | By Simon Priest