<i>Ender's Game</i> begetting Battle Room

Author Orson Scott Card is reteaming with Chair Entertainment to partially adapt his award-winning novel for consoles, handhelds, and the PC.

In the months leading up to its release in May 2005, Advent Rising (PC, Xbox) was billed as a landmark union of literature and games. Its story's pedigree was beyond question, having been penned by Orson Scott Card, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science-fiction author.

However, developer Glyphx Games' efforts weren't especially well received critically or commercially. Publisher Majesco Games earned only $3.9 million by selling 110,517 copies of Advent Rising in the US, according to the NPD Group. As a result, a planned PSP spin-off, Advent Shadow, was summarily canceled, and Majesco shifted its business model to focus on casual games for Nintendo platforms. However, despite his bad experiences with Advent Rising, Orson Scott Card gave games another shot, teaming with Chair Entertainment--a studio formed by many ex-Glyphx staffers--to work on a new PC and console game based on his novel Empire. The book, which depicts a near-future left-wing coup by a high-tech "progressive" junta in the United States, debuted in late 2006. However, the game has remained in development limbo as Chair focused on its Xbox Live Arcade game Undertow, released last November. Today, Chair announced it has landed the exclusive console, handheld, and PC game rights to Card's celebrated novel Ender's Game. Specifically, the game will focus on a portion of the book that sees human children trained to direct massive battles via their lighting-quick young minds. The Ender's Game-inspired games will focus on the Battle Room, the zero-gravity chamber where young students engage in tactical combat simulations. According to Chair, the first installment in the series is "expected for release via downloadable platforms." Speaking with Newsweek, Chair Entertainment cofounders Geremy and Donald Mustard said that development on the first game would begin later in the year using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3.
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Simple-
Simple-

Ender's Game is one of my fave. book, and I'd be so psyched to play it. :D

gamefreak3111
gamefreak3111

I loved Ender's Game the book, but I really don't know how they could pull off the battle room, it being all about strategic movement of people in a 3-D gravity-less environment... Well, still hoping for the best. Hope they pull it off.

MOCHIRON_MAN
MOCHIRON_MAN

I just wish they would make a sequel to the first one. I mean, they have to, they put in " To Be Continued" at the end of the game.

neatfeatguy
neatfeatguy

I was a big fan of Advent Rising and I just wish that trilogy was finished. I plan on getting Ender's Game when it comes out.

gfxarts
gfxarts

I actually loved advent rising too. The game had a lot of slowdowns and wasn't the smoothest but the story and music .. epic. I'll DEFINATELY buy Ender's Game if they come out with it.

jamesjjjjj
jamesjjjjj

I hope it works I love the books. He is a great author. Would be cool if the psp version can be just as cool. would be fun too if there were OCD based games like the girl who traced the groves in the wood floor!

juventes
juventes

Man, I can't wait for this! If there's a just god in heaven, he won't let this game suck.

V-Nine
V-Nine

I actually enjoyed Advent Rising, it felt like a 3rd person Halo. For some odd reason Crackdown (punting people like a football was so much fun)reminds me of Advent Rising.

jacsinc2
jacsinc2

@ abu123: if teachers didn't make lesson plans that included students having to read something, many students wouldn't bother. It would seem that you are one of them. Based on your pitiful display of spelling and grammar skills, you should be thanking your teachers for 'forcing' you to read.

Josepiphus
Josepiphus

Arg...nooooo. This had me jumping in my seat until I read downloadable. A full game with RTS in the remote battles and wonky gravity FPS in the battle room with an RPG element to pull the remainder of the story through would be... amazingly cool. One of the best sci fi novels ever... hope it doesn't turn to phooey.

drgrady
drgrady

Unfortunately, I can't imagine the controls for movement in the Battle Room being any good. Hopefully, they'll make it work, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I think they could also do some good by having a Bully style game set up outside the Battle Room since the story focused heavily on what all was happening outside their battle training.

abu123
abu123

Realling like the book, and the movie is sopposed to come out soon. But I really doubt the movie or the game could equal or get close to the book. Teachers shouldn't force students to read books. RIght now I'm being FORCED to read Ender's Game. Fortunatly it's pretty good.

tony2077ca
tony2077ca

i wish they would of continued advent rising

DEWMAN08
DEWMAN08

Well I don't like the games, but his books are fantastic.

jmacfetty
jmacfetty

I love the book and I always thought the Battle Room was cool. However, this just sounds like it will be Undertow except in a zero-G room instead of underwater.

stave000
stave000

Wow, Ender's Game was a great book, hopefully they'll make the game just as good.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Undertow sucks. Even so, that doesn't mean this game will suck too. It does not help that Chair's XBLA game sucked so bad, though. Maybe they will make a better name for themselves with this game? If not, Card is going to need to start pitching ideas to developer who can actually make a good game. The concept sounds pretty cool. Now let's see how the execution is pulled off.

BadMunky
BadMunky

aww man i can't wait. Enders game is one of my favorite books I hope we get to play as bean. not sucking would be nice too

mrchiledonut
mrchiledonut

Well this is exactly what I expected back when I played Advent Rising. Sweet. :)

amefford
amefford

Great book but the story made it great not the Battle Room or even the remotely directed space battles, though the latter would make a better game. An Ender's Game movie, rumoured for years, would be a much better adaptation for this material. Or how about an Honor Harrington game?

PapaJohn24
PapaJohn24

The game really should be based on the latter half of the book where Ender is engaged in playing the 'spaceflight-combat simulator'. It'd could be very Geometry Wars esq. Or even the "Dream Game" that Ender plays on his personal computer would be better. Both of those 'games' would have more potential than the battleroom. Looking at Undertow, we're due to be very disappointed both graphically and in terms of gameplay. On the other hand, Empire was a spectacular novel and could easily be done by the right team. I wish someone like Ubisoft would have picked it up, it could have been a great game with odes to Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell.

berhaneric
berhaneric

good book , dont think it will be a great game though

dexlove
dexlove

Loved the series. Can only hope that the game doesn't end up sucking like so many other games based on great sci-fi books.

Azwhtknight
Azwhtknight

While I remain a little pessimistic about the whole focus of the game-play for this game, I hope it succeeds so that other authors of other cool game-adaptable books aren't scared away from expanding to this medium.

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

This is a serioulsy AWESOME series! I read the entire Ender's Game series (Ender's Shadow and sequels being beyond awesome). All you kids need to read more books. Might as well as be about kids playing games! Buy them, read them. Great, great story. **spoiler** Hot Soup becomes the Emperor of China.

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

Should let the guys at Bioware handle this; doesn.t sound as inspiring or fun as Mass Effect.

darfvader
darfvader

i remember trying to create a battle room mod for ut 2k3 engine. miserable results lol

gmagnus
gmagnus

Focusing on the Battle Room makes it sound like a sports game. How are they gonna have a good story based around a souped-up gym?

Silver_Tip
Silver_Tip

This is my favorite book of all time so I'm excited about the game. I'm also very worried that it could turn into one more bad adaptation of a great story. I don't know if the battle room alone can provide an experience worthy of Ender's Game. The book was about so much more than just the combat and that's what made it great.

Sephir0th_
Sephir0th_

Im extremely excited to hear this news. I remember back in the past creating a very very long post detailing all kinds of game elements and gameplay things to consider in making this game on an official OSC forum. The post covered all kinds of sweet ideas for the battle room alone. It makes me wonder if someone dug it up and found some of my ideas interesting and decided to implement the ideas. I'm excited to hear more about the game and to compare my ideas to the finished product. At all minimum they better not screw this game up!

IIBlackknightII
IIBlackknightII

Well, Based on a novel, they created a game on it.Not bad at all.

PhoenixHawk06
PhoenixHawk06

I'll try to be hopeful, but I don't see how there's enough depth in the premise to offer much of a good game. Seems more like something you'd play as a flash game online or find in a bargain bin. :\ The thought makes me sad; the book doesn't deserve that. But who knows, anything is possible. I think there's more room for a game in the actual portion of the book where he commands the fleets against the buggers. Maybe a Homeworld rip-off space RTS? Would be sorta hard to tie the story in to it though, coming in mid book. Anyways. The enemy's gate is down.

Sargus
Sargus

I still disagree with Alex on Advent Rising. I thought it was a fabulous game with a few unfortunate bugs. Card himself has said that he has a ton of belief and respect for the folks at Chair (the same exact folks that were in charge of Advent), and that he knew right away that he wanted them to be the ones to make an Ender game. That says a lot, in my opinion. Now if only the Mustard brothers could get the rights to Advent and finish the trilogy, I'd be happy...

JimRune
JimRune

This game is going to be terrible. On another note, I'm almost finished with Xenocide.

poopdogg89
poopdogg89

"TranClan I'm excited about this and not. FIrst of all I loved the the Ender series and read every book relating to it even the Shadow Series. I don't like how its being turned into a game. Yes the Battle Room is a good idea for a game but only in real life because I'm wondering how they're going to let you do all the strategical stuff they do in the book like freezing your legs for protection or your elbows for more accuracy and other things that were described in the book and in our imaginations" I agree. the only ways i think they could possibly recreate this would be to either have an amazing virtual reality game which would require technology not yet created, or to actually build a battle room/battle suits in a zero-gravity environment. either one of those would be sick =)

glennwinton
glennwinton

ummm...how exactly did the book need a game? it's like making a game adaption to 1984

Krevnator
Krevnator

That was such an awsome book, so my expectations are going to be high

Drizzt_xx
Drizzt_xx

This game could be so awesome, but so easy to screw up. I wont be surprised if its really bad, atleast they are trying

TranClan
TranClan

I'm excited about this and not. FIrst of all I loved the the Ender series and read every book relating to it even the Shadow Series. I don't like how its being turned into a game. Yes the Battle Room is a good idea for a game but only in real life because I'm wondering how they're going to let you do all the strategical stuff they do in the book like freezing your legs for protection or your elbows for more accuracy and other things that were described in the book and in our imaginations

RollMaster
RollMaster

YES! When I first read this I knew it could be a great game and always wanted to make it. Too bad he thought of it before I got into the industry... :(

slgnbenchwarmr
slgnbenchwarmr

I like the concept of turning the Battle Room into a video game. As I read the book, it was, in my mind, screaming to be made into a video game. As far as the book itself is concerned, the ending was FAR too abrupt. I won't spoil any more about the plotline other than that.

mash36
mash36

That was a great book, but I doubt they'll make the game good. Not many good games out there that was based on a subject.

ithebigc
ithebigc

Ender's Game was a really good book, and one that everyone should read. However, I'm not sure if it'll work well as a game...I mean, the battles sounded really good in the book, but playing it probably will not be as fun. Especially since it's handled by the same ppl that handled Advent Rising.

SSMARTINDBZ
SSMARTINDBZ

This is very exciting news. I am a big fan of Orson Scott Card. Highly recommend Ender's Game and the sequels. I am also one of the 110,517 that bought Advent Rising and I feel it was under appreciated. Although the game did have some flaws it also had some incredible moments and had some inovative features. The story is also one of the best I have experienced The story for Advent Rising was truthfully what got me into Orson Scott Card. I was sorry they were not able to complete the trilogy. Chair's first game Undertow was also very fun, and should be experienced. I am excited to see what Chair and Orson Scott Card's collaboration comes up next.

saznmutt786
saznmutt786

i love the books but is it really worth risking ruining such a good book franchise. these type things are best left to the imagination. The enders shadow books are good too

ecofriend
ecofriend

I enjoyed Advent Rising, mainly because of its story. It sucks that the sequels will never be made. Looking forward to this game.

Popadophalis
Popadophalis

I loved Ender's Game so I'm hopeful that this game will turn out well.

wildnine00
wildnine00

Well, I've read the book 3 times now. I love Ender's Game, but I'm a little skeptical about making it into a game. Zero gravity is tricky to make fun. In the book, the kids don't have jet packs or anything. Will we be getting stuck in mid-air all the time? Also, will all of the action take place in the battle room? I've got some concerns here about a lack of diversity in the locales.

blazethe1
blazethe1

this could be pretty good, or really bad. the books are amazing though, go read em