Ender's Game game ended

Chair studio head says Epic acquisition has pushed the development house toward "original and unique" franchises.

A lot has happened with Chair Entertainment since the studio announced its intention to create a game based on famed sci-fi writer Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game in January 2008. Most notably, the Salt Lake City-based development house was purchased by Gears of War manufacturer Epic Games. The studio has also shipped Xbox Live efforts Undertow and Shadow Complex, as well as the Unreal Engine-powered iOS title Infinity Blade.

Best way to end a game? Never start it.

With that growth has come change, namely in the form of Chair's Ender's Game ambitions. Speaking to Joystiq, Chair Entertainment cofounder Donald Mustard confirmed that his studio does not plan to proceed with development on Card's acclaimed sci-fi novel.

"We have and had an amazing design for the Ender's Game game," Mustard told the blog. However, "one of [parent company] 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," he continued. "Not from us."

The Ender's Game game was to focus on a portion of the book that sees human children trained to direct massive battles via their lightning-quick young minds. Specifically, events would surround the Battle Room, the zero-gravity chamber where young students engage in tactical combat simulations. Chair intended to release the first installment in this series for downloadable platforms.

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Coronithofcork
Coronithofcork

AWWW MAN! And I was so looking forward to this. :c

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

@inaka_rob The question was whether there are ANY good book/movie-to-game crossovers, and I believe I answered it quite handily. I could've given several more, but chose to only list my favorite, and quite probably the best. Next time, pay more attention to your own posts before making a jackass of yourself.

omegalaz
omegalaz

I think the battle room was the best part of the Novel's to translate to a game. MMO would have been good as long as it stayed focused on battle school. The rest of the world doesn't offer enough difference with the current real world to work into an interesting game. The majority of the series (outside of battle school's setting) is political intrigue and that is not good gameplay. Hopefully, someone else will pick up the idea. Maybe Card will find a good producer for the film. IF that happens, we will be much more likely to get a game and Card has been adamant about his vision remaining intact so we won't have to worry about a trash adventure/shooter coming out "Ender's Game:The Movie: The Game".

aPimpNAMEDGekko
aPimpNAMEDGekko

Another EPIC fail from the used to be EPIC epic studios. This property would sell huge I bet. I'd be down for all 9 games.

revanknight
revanknight

@69-047 agreed. an RPG is the best way to go. I loved the book, so i think i would like the game, but I am kind of glad that it was cancelled.

69-047
69-047

IMO, the "Ender's Game" saga would be better suited as an RPG mmo. There's more then ONE book for those who don't know. The whole line currently consists of ten short stories and eleven novels. There is an immense story world on the table. Seems as though making a game on just a few events, and just a glimpse of the bigger story, is like coming to a banquet and only getting a small side-dish plate. If you're going to do an "Ender's Game" game.. go BIG.. or go home.

DKant
DKant

Epic is Gears of War "manufacturer"? Wow! That works on so many levels, although I feel it was only meant to be a simple pun. :) I mean, Gears hasn't reached the level where it deserves the kind of hate a franchise like Guitar Hero would. Activision could very easily be called "Guitar Hero manufacturer". Although once again, I'm quite sure this kind of double entendre was not really meant there. :)

lixeiro
lixeiro

In the books to game topic, Neuromancer should be considered.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Seems like a very difficult subject to turn into a game...not impossible. Disappointed they won't get the chance to try.

McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

I'm disappointed...they would have done a pretty decent job probably as well.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Very disappointing... I didn't even know this game was in the works.

eyerok
eyerok

@Inaka_rob - I dunno, havent seen the movie, but I know for a fact that the series was nominated for 3 emmys and won 2, was a critical hit and is one of the three highest rated shows in sci-channel's history. On the other hand, the movie got mixed reviews and reception from fans. Its probably just personal preference, but I really loved the way the world of Dune was visualized and presented. As for the Baron, I thought he was a gluttonous bas****, just like in the book.

smbius
smbius

*Whew* I thought it was the last of Zone of Enders. N/m

mudfrog
mudfrog

I've just finished the book. Tbh I was a little disappointed with it initially. It wasn't until towards the end that it made much of an impact. I don't see myself reading the other books in the series. And a game based on it? Well I would leave it alone.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@eyerok everyone is entitled to their opionion, but mine is that it was dog p00p. It was much closer to the story than the David Lynch version, but just look at the Baron. Look at the Lynch Barron and Sci-fi channel Barron. The sci-fi version was like a clown. he was supposed to be a disgusting putrid man worse than anyone who ever lived. exactly like lych portrated him as. Besides Captain Picard was in the Lynch version. I think the main reason I wish Sci-fi never made a TV version is becuase I want to see another big budget version. their TV version bassicly stopped that from happening. Could you possibly imagine if the DUNE series was giving the same treatment as Lord of the Ring?!??!?!?! rings was 3 movies. 1 billion dollars to make. Dune would be 10 movies if you included the prequals and the new sequels. 12 movies!!!! who knows. it would be insane.

Gokuva
Gokuva

I loved the book but making a good game out of it seems like a challenge.

eyerok
eyerok

@Inaka_rob - As a long time Dune fan, I LOVED the sci-fi channel dune series. The second series was OK, but the first one was a pretty solid adaption

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Enders Game could work really well as a Move or Kinect game. Everything from the Battle Room to the RTS style stuff at the end could be interpreted as an epic narrative mini-game collection of sorts. I'm sure a standard controller game would be great too, but if the new motion controls are looking to break down the casual barrier a bit and give us an epic sci-fi story, with varied, interesting gameplay happening at all times; I think that'd be a good idea. Kind of like a cross between Bully, Heavy Rain and Starcraft. Somebody should make that!

Reeveskl
Reeveskl

Great book there could be some amazing gaming potential there. www.dummydeadguy.com

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@riariases but they RUIN so many good books!!!!! battle field earth. not only a bad book moive. one of the worst movies EVER. Dune. It was good but nothing like the book, and the sci-fi channel ones where terrible. I would just rather see a NEW IP altogether. then again every single movie based off a Phillip K Dick book or short story is a great movie. I even like Paycheck and Screamers. and to play devils advocate. Riddick was a great game based on movies. so yeah. i have no idea what I am talking about, but I dont want to see ender into a game, or a book like Nuromancer made into a movie.

Alex_Thomson
Alex_Thomson

[Insert bad pun related to the title of the game and its fate here] In all seriousness, though, while it would have been interesting to see how a great book like Ender's Game turned out as a game, I could see many possibilities of things going wrong in the adaptation process, so maybe this was for the best.

Decessus
Decessus

For a long time I've thought that the whole Battle Room concept would make for a really good Xbox Live Arcade game. I don't think there is enough substance to warrent a full $60.00 game, but in the hands of a good indie developer, I think it could become a great downloadable game.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

The battle room and and the training Ender goes through at the end of the novel would have made a great game. Other than that, not much of the story would have translated well into a video game. Having to choose Petra or Bean as your allies in a squad based BR shooter would have been pretty cool.

Destrin
Destrin

Maybe its for the best. Not a whole lot happens in Enders Game that I could see as gameplay. Unless it was a heavy rain type of thing, even then. Enders Game is mostly just conversations.

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Thats unbelievably disappointing. One of the best books I've ever read.

riariases
riariases

@inaka_rob movie games have always sucked. only ones ive liked so far are star wars: the clone wars for original xbox, which had a totally original plot, and... ok thats about it. movies SHOULD stay movies. but books to movies are fine with me. its just how entertainment works these days. first you can imagine it with books, then you can see it with movies and then hollywood puts that extra step, letting you feel it with games.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@Way2fonky WOW!!! 1 example. Ever heard of these video games??? Enter the Matrix. Evil Dead: hail to the king, back to the furutre (nes). Star wars bounty hunter, TOMMORROW NEVER DIES ( yes most james bond games are #$%#$%!!!!!), the blue brothers (nes). Street Fighter the Movie (thats a low blow, but it is still a game based off a movie). How can we forget ET for the atari. OH WAIT we can forget all of them because they are TERRIBLE GAMES!!!!

Pipboy360
Pipboy360

@ GravityDs: No, I think what Donald meant was that their parent company, Epic wants to make original intellectual properties going forward, and not capitalize on making games out of existing works. Epic has never gone the licensed-based route, choosing always to forge their own ideas, so I can see why Ender's Game got the axe. Also, I think in all fairness, if Epic were to attempt an already licensed game, they would stick to the original subject matter, because the company is full of professionals that truly love the industry.

EliOli
EliOli

Book was a classic. Science fiction at its best. Would be difficult to do a decent game on it.

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

@fluffyninja4 When I said it was illogical I was referring to the idea of kids running a war. The beginning of the book had kids *training* to be war generals from a young age. This is not the same as actually being generals. That's all I'm saying, there's no need to be rude.

ILOVETACOS101
ILOVETACOS101

I hope they dont do enders game because i loved it as a book, im sick of knockoffs and remakes, original stuff plz, that goes for movies and tom clancy books too

GravityDs
GravityDs

so it sounds like they quit because their parent company wanted to make up a bunch of original crap that's not in the book. It's cool they dropped it for that reason. Do like Betrayal at Krondor and have Orson Scott Card collaborate with the dev team the whole time.

Thunderstarter
Thunderstarter

I loved this book. I can't see it as a game, like subyman said. Maybe if it used the Ender's universe but strayed from the games...

subyman
subyman

Ender's Game is a great book, but I think it would be a boring videogame.

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

@2bitSmOkEy I knew they were. I just hoped to find out more about it. I still don't see why they can't just do it as DLC. Again don't they want to make some money? [quote] '"We have and had an amazing design for the Ender's Game game,"' Mustard told the blog.[/quote] C'mon if you've got a great design in mind do it. I don't see why you would want to sit on something like that.

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

@inaka_rob Ever heard of this game called GoldenEye 64?

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

books should stay books. games should stay games. and movies should stay movies. I mean REALY! when what the last cross over that was any good any where any time? the only single one I can think of is Lord of the Rings. the book to movie thing. the games are so-so. And dont say star wars becuase for every good game they make there is 5 bad ones.

icepickiii
icepickiii

What is not original and unique about a tactical strategy game? If done right you can revolutionize the market.

Savageplayer40
Savageplayer40

yo Wolfkcing same here a read it 2 years ago the game would have been good

Savageplayer40
Savageplayer40

yo Wolfkcing same here a read it 2 years ago the game would have been good

Wolfkcing
Wolfkcing

Damn. I just read this last summer for school. A game based on it could have been interesting.

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

And I expected something relate to Zone of the Enders. Dammit...

nin1337
nin1337

Mazer Rackham would not be pleased

WilliamRLBaker
WilliamRLBaker

Eh not surprised the book really wasn't that good. liked the 2nd book in the series more.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

It wouldn't translate into game form well anyway. Awesome book. Read it if you haven't.