Another independent studio has clawed its way out of the Ensemble carcass, Newtoy has been formed by Paul and David Bettner making it the fourth.
The team, with experience from Age of Empires and Halo Wars, are busy on their second iPhone and iPod Touch project called World War Robot, in collaboration with Ashley Wood.
"In World War Robot, the human race is split by religion and politics as they wage a savage war between Earth and Mars. Giant robots augment the destruction with incredible battles, intense human/robot drama, a little black humour and some political intrigue thrown into the mix in this epic story," say Newtoy developers.
Of course no matter how 'good' their title maybe it's going to fall off the main stream radar, but maybe that's what the Bettners' want? Ex-Ensemble staffers had already shared their dismay at being pigeon holed as the 'RTS guys' by Microsoft.
Comic book man Ashley Wood was behind the Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel on PSP, now he's lending his comic book brain to Newtoy.
"We share a dream for a new kind of game development," said Paul Bettner, Newtoy's creative director. "World class game makers from around the globe - artists and illustrators, designers, musicians, coders - joining forces to craft the highest quality entertainment experiences on the most cutting edge game platforms."
"We are moving away from the monolithic studio model of development. We want to redefine the way video games are made. This collaboration with Ashley is that dream, realised."
Good luck guys. Other studios to spring from the death of Ensemble are Windstorm Studios, Robot Entertainment and Bonfire Studios.
Another hydra head from Ensemble, Newtoy the latest to emerge
12 May 2009 | By Simon Priest