Hard to believe it's been almost two years since we postedthat item about the two local companies to rise from the ashes
of Ensemble Studios -- Robot Entertainment and Bonfire Studios, each consisting of ex-Microsofties scattered to the virtual winds afterEnsemble's September '08 demise
. Robot's still mining familiar territory, makingAge of Empire Online
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for Microsoft and offeringHalo Wars
upgrades, while Bonfire went the social-gaming route, making as-yet-unreleased games for the Facebook.
Which only makes today's announcement all the more appropriate: Zynga, makers of FarmVille and Mafia Wars, has snapped up Bonfire. For how much? Doesn't say, but the three founders -- David Rippy, Bill Jackson and Scott Winsett -- will stay at the top. Bonfire's website's already gone, and not many more deets are known -- for the most part, as it says here, because "Bonfire's name hasn't been attached to any new games since it was founded." That'll more than likely change sooner than later.