Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chair Exec Says “No” to Ender’s Game Game

Enders-Game-2When I first read Ender’s Game, I thought, “Man, being in the Battle Room would be so cool.”  I knew in my deep down, however, that I’d never get to experience that sensation myself.  In high school, I filled that zero-G hole in my heart with laser tag and multiplayer videogames, but it was all a step removed from the excitement of Battle School’s game.

My mixed feelings about the book’s creator aside, I still think aspects of Ender’s Game would translate well to gaming.  A few months ago, Rob reviewed Flotilla, an indie title that channeled the Command School combat simulator.  But developers have yet to tackle the Battle Room.

It was looking like Chair Entertainment – the developer behind the excellent Shadow Complex, which shared lore with Orson Scott Card’s novel Empire – would be the ones to finally bring the Battle Room to life, but Chair’s Donald Mustard recently admitted that the project was cancelled.

"We have and had an amazing design for the Ender's Game game," Mustard told Joystiq. "…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." 

It looks like parent company Epic Games would rather have Chair banging out beautiful iPad games than working on licensed properties.  I guess that’s okay, but who’s going to build my Battle Room?