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Chair's Ender's Game Video Game Series Put On Hold

After Undertow, Chair announced plans to make a series of games based on Ender's Game. These games will probably never see the light of day.

In 2008, Chair Entertainment announced plans to turn Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel Ender's Game into a series of video games for all current consoles, handhelds, and even the PC. The project, which would have placed players in simulated combat situations within the fiction's futuristic "Battle Room," has since been put on indefinite hold by Chair. The purchase of the studio by Epic Games (a publisher with a taste for unique IP) is a big reason why we'll probably never see the series.

"We have and had an amazing design for the Ender's Game game," studio co-founder Donald Mustard told Joystiq, but "one of Epic's primary objectives is to create original and unique franchises. I don't know that Ender's Game fits into that strategic objective anymore." 

"So, probably not," Mustard said, speaking to this game's eventual release. "Not from us" at least, he said. 
 

Apparently this is a scene in the book. 

== TEASER ==I read a lot of sci-fi, but I've yet to check out Ender's Game, which makes it tough to talk about what Ender's Game: The Game could have been. Wikipedia's synopsis of the book tells me that we might have seen a game focused not only on the "Battle Room," but also the life of baby Space Marines.

"Most of the story focuses around the Battle School, a space station used as a military training complex for children. The IF tests all children on Earth and selects the brightest for the Battle School for military training. Students are organized into armies with 40 members and assigned to conduct simulated battles in zero gravity. Upon graduation, students move on to either Tactical School, Combat School, Pre-Command School or Command School with three years in Pre-Command. The Battle School forms in response to the need of highly skilled officers for the wars against the Formics, and most of the officers in the IF pass through the school at one time."


You know, I think I'm OK with this being placed on hold. Infinity Blade and Shadow Complex turned out to be pretty good.
 
[Image via egonSchiele's deviantart page.]
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Posted by BradNicholson

In 2008, Chair Entertainment announced plans to turn Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel Ender's Game into a series of video games for all current consoles, handhelds, and even the PC. The project, which would have placed players in simulated combat situations within the fiction's futuristic "Battle Room," has since been put on indefinite hold by Chair. The purchase of the studio by Epic Games (a publisher with a taste for unique IP) is a big reason why we'll probably never see the series.

"We have and had an amazing design for the Ender's Game game," studio co-founder Donald Mustard told Joystiq, but "one of Epic's primary objectives is to create original and unique franchises. I don't know that Ender's Game fits into that strategic objective anymore." 

"So, probably not," Mustard said, speaking to this game's eventual release. "Not from us" at least, he said. 
 

Apparently this is a scene in the book. 

== TEASER ==I read a lot of sci-fi, but I've yet to check out Ender's Game, which makes it tough to talk about what Ender's Game: The Game could have been. Wikipedia's synopsis of the book tells me that we might have seen a game focused not only on the "Battle Room," but also the life of baby Space Marines.

"Most of the story focuses around the Battle School, a space station used as a military training complex for children. The IF tests all children on Earth and selects the brightest for the Battle School for military training. Students are organized into armies with 40 members and assigned to conduct simulated battles in zero gravity. Upon graduation, students move on to either Tactical School, Combat School, Pre-Command School or Command School with three years in Pre-Command. The Battle School forms in response to the need of highly skilled officers for the wars against the Formics, and most of the officers in the IF pass through the school at one time."


You know, I think I'm OK with this being placed on hold. Infinity Blade and Shadow Complex turned out to be pretty good.
 
[Image via egonSchiele's deviantart page.]
Posted by Solskugga

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Posted by A_Cute_Squirtle

Shitty to write off Ender's Game off of reading a wikipedia article. 

Posted by OneAndOnlyBigE

K, now go work on the sequel to Shadow Complex.

Posted by Reizarvg

This saddens me. I was looking forward to this.

Posted by drowsap

What ever keep it on hold and make shadow complex 2 Asap who's with me

Posted by Deathpooky

I love Ender's Game and have read the book more times than I can remember. 
 
And I think it would likely make for a terrible video game.

Posted by nintendoeats

Ever since I read tat book, I thought it would make a great game. this is a shame, but at least its not because they are shutting down.

Posted by Mento

More like Ender's Video Game.
 
I think Ender's Game is probably responsible for the trope where half of all Strategy RPGs (including FFT) need to start off at some kind of military school. The other half seem to involve the young monarch of a kingdom running into friendly mercenaries.

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Posted by MikkaQ

Well Shadow Complex was part of their collabo with Orson Scott Card, so I would have liked to have seen more of that.

Posted by Syphous

I love Ender's Game. One of my favorite pieces of sci-fi. But as a video game I... I don't see it being very entertaining. Also that picture/caption combination is hilarious and wrong.

Posted by jonnyboy

Got ended.

Posted by patbaer

While the book means alot to me, I hope a game never comes out. Any money in the pocket of OSC could get used to further his homophobic agenda. Fuck Orson Scott Card.

Posted by Royale
@A_Cute_Squirtle said:
" Shitty to write off Ender's Game off of reading a wikipedia article.  "
yep.  Everyone needs to read this book.  That image is from a sort of virtual reality video game that Ender plays in the book.  One of my favorite books of all time.  Don't know how I feel about needing a game about it, but if anyone could make a good game out of the battle room, it would be the Mustards and Chair.
Posted by buft

I hadn't heard of this before the article, now you made me mourn the fact I will never get to play it. Thanks Giantbomb :(

Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab

Ender's Game: The Video Game Over? 
 
Bummer.
Posted by LumpyTheCook
@patbaer said:
" While the book means alot to me, I hope a game never comes out. Any money in the pocket of OSC could get used to further his homophobic agenda. Fuck Orson Scott Card. "
I second this.
Posted by Jayross

Infinity Blade was originally a Kinect game.

Posted by EmuLeader

The book was great, but i agree with the people saying  a game would probably suck.  I just don't think it has enough action to pull off a full production game.  Now if they wanted to make a Battle Room game on XBLA, i could see this alot more easily.  But even that wouldn't reflect what made the books so good.  It would turn out a generic title with the Ender's Game name stamped onto it.  This is all probably for the best.

Posted by ZekeTheSquirrel
Shadow Complex was based off of an OSC book(s) (Empire/Hidden Empire), and it turned out pretty good. However I think it would be a bit tougher to make a good game out of Ender's Game.
Posted by NickLott

I read Ender's Game a long time ago, it's a great book but the man is so repugnant I don't want to touch anything else he's involved in. I felt weird buying Shadow Complex but figured what I give to the organizations like the Human Rights Campaign should off-set that fraction of the 15 dollars he gets many times over. 

Posted by MisterMouse

bummer

Posted by MCXCI

Can paying-members get an option to filter out the humorless exposition in Brad Nicholson's writing?

Posted by MCXCI
@A_Cute_Squirtle Agreed
Posted by DragonBloodthirsty

I'm a fan of Ender's Game.  I'm annoyed that an idiotic company policy is (apparently) killing the rights to what could be a fun game.

If they want to make new IP, then they could at least sell Ender to somebody who will make use of it.  Of course, they won't.

Posted by LordAndrew

They were making an Ender's Game game? I did not know about this.

Posted by PokeIkzai

Read Ender's Game, Everyone.

Posted by Skald
@Deathpooky said:
" I love Ender's Game and have read the book more times than I can remember.  And I think it would likely make for a terrible video game. "
I reluctantly agree with this statement.  
 
Anyone who hasn't read Ender's Game needs to.
Posted by bartok

Good now they can focus on the game we sequel we all want. Undertow 2.

Posted by Undeadpool

Ender's Game would've made a pretty cool point-and-click adventure game (maybe with some light combat a la Quest For Glory), but there's no going back to that book after reading Orson Scott Card's mad ramblings. I wish I could separate the two, but it colors everything that happens in the book.

Posted by shakra

:(

Posted by Alphazero

If you haven't read Ender's Game, you haven't read alot of scifi. It's that good.   
 
The sequels, not as much. 
 
It's a little dated, but highly, highly, highly recommended.

Posted by DriveupLife

They are probably making so much money on Infinity blade that they've devoted all staff to developing more unreal games for the Iphone.

Posted by Poki3

Ender's Game (the book) is awesome. I'd like to see the game finished (even though most video game adaptations are crap.)

Posted by redjacked

Take turns between Shattered Horizon and Homeworld, it'll be all the fun without the weird pedo undertones 

Posted by knightlyknave

I hadn't heard about this but I'm glad it got canceled. This book is far too internal to be put into a medium like a video game, especially considering they were planning on focusing on the Battle Arena part.

Posted by TehFlan

Bummer. I love Ender's Game.

Posted by knightlyknave
@patbaer said:
" While the book means alot to me, I hope a game never comes out. Any money in the pocket of OSC could get used to further his homophobic agenda. Fuck Orson Scott Card. "
Wow, I had no idea about that. How can anyone who writes sci-fi be so closed minded?
Posted by SammydesinasNL
@knightlyknave said:
" @patbaer said:
" While the book means alot to me, I hope a game never comes out. Any money in the pocket of OSC could get used to further his homophobic agenda. Fuck Orson Scott Card. "
Wow, I had no idea about that. How can anyone who writes sci-fi be so closed minded? "

Heard of scientology?
Posted by Hunter_S

Just a reminder: Orson Scott Card is a bit crazy.  Thanks.

Posted by Deathpooky
@knightlyknave said:
" @patbaer said:
" While the book means alot to me, I hope a game never comes out. Any money in the pocket of OSC could get used to further his homophobic agenda. Fuck Orson Scott Card. "
Wow, I had no idea about that. How can anyone who writes sci-fi be so closed minded? "

It's quite sad.  I never knew he was that much of a nutjob until later, and while I still love Ender's Game and have some affinity for the rest of the series, I'll never purchase another of his books again.
 
I was worried about Shadow Complex, though Chair successfully removed any political overtones from the story that OSC wrote.  Keep your politics out of my video games.
Posted by SleepyDoughnut

I really want to know what his "amazing design" would be. I also think that developing the book into a game would be challenging, but if they've had a design for a while and are confident in it that gives me hope, considering they are pretty damn good developers. I really want to see even what the basic designs are.

Posted by Kyle
@SammydesinasNL said:
" @knightlyknave said:
" @patbaer said:
" While the book means alot to me, I hope a game never comes out. Any money in the pocket of OSC could get used to further his homophobic agenda. Fuck Orson Scott Card. "
Wow, I had no idea about that. How can anyone who writes sci-fi be so closed minded? "
Heard of scientology? "
well done. 
Posted by Designer0

There already is a game based on Ender's Game. Its called Battle Tag and it's made by ubisoft (Zero-G enviroment not included)

Posted by LemonadePack

right now the closest thing I played to a Battle Room game is Undertow (also a Chair game). It just replaced 0 gravity space with water and stun guns with spear guns

Posted by Ash_F

I was kind of shocked to hear about OSC's homophobia a while back. Ender's game has a bunch of homo-erotic moments(soapy shower fight anyone?). I guess the stereotype of the self-hating homophobe is true. 
 
 
Ender's Game game was one of the greatest scifi books ever. The sequels were not so great. I do not know if the book would translate well into a game though. I movie would be awesome if they  ever figure out how to portray zero-G well.

Posted by ryanwho

A lot of people want to harp on something completely irrelevent to flex their politically correct muscle. We get it, you're on the internet, you're liberal.

Posted by zitosilva

I remember that when I finished reading Ender's Game so so many years ago, the first thought that came into my mind was "this would fit perfectly in a videogame". Too bad it's probabl not going to happen.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Regardless of what Orson Scott Card's views are (are they really relevant to this article, or do you just like showing how politically correct you are?), I don't think he's a good author, and I don't think Ender's Game is very good source material.

Posted by fillmoejoe

Maybe they should hold off calling it a series after the hype they put into Advent Rising.

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