Under the terms of the agreement, Chair has obtained the exclusive rights to develop Ender's Game "Battle Room" video games across all next-generation consoles, handheld platforms, and PC. In collaboration with Orson Scott Card, Chair will begin development later this year with the first offering expected for release via downloadable platforms.
"I have been a huge fan of Ender's Game since I was ten years old, so it is a true honor for our team to be entrusted with creating the first video game inspired by this classic story," said Donald Mustard, creative director at Chair Entertainment Group. "Our goal is to create an authentic Ender's Game experience that delivers awesome gameplay and can be enjoyed by both longtime fans and gamers new to the series."
"From the moment I started working with Donald Mustard and his team at Chair, I knew that these were the guys I wanted to do the first Ender's Game video game," said Orson Scott Card. "It's not enough to slap the Ender's Game name on just any game - it has to be exciting, memorable, and endlessly replayable. Chair shares my understanding of this and I am looking forward to working with them to ensure the game is as authentically Enderish as possible."
My only concern is that Chair is relatively unknown... I've played their Xbox Live Arcade title, Undertow and was not super-impressed. But then again, being able to produce a cheap, for-download title in the Unreal engine, (which is only around 50Mb) does lend them some credit for being able to target their audience. Perhaps they will be more prone to release the game, "when it's done" than Majesco was with Advent Rising. Although, the text of this press release seems to indicate, to me, that the battle-room game would also be a for-download title on Xbox Live, and not a major release you'll find at GameStop or Toys "R" Us.
In related news, Chair has apparently also acquired the rights to create a video game and/or movie based upon OSC's book, Empire.