Feb 15

Sandi’s Facebook – Entering the Battle Arena!

In another sneak-peak of the FPS Module, we get to see the entrance to the upcoming Battle Arena. Does it look like Ender’s Game? Yes, but I think that’s okay!

Way back in late 2012/early 2013, I read Ender’s Game as part of a class project. I remember being very reluctant to pick the novel up, but once I started reading, I could not stop! It was an amazing tale of people doing everything possible to protect what they value – and it did a fantastic job of building up the characters so that they’d be on par with the task at hand.

In Ender’s Game, one of the ways that the heroes prepared for war was through the Battle Room – an impressive room that could be configured however necessary to provide complex and dynamic battlegrounds for the participants. Success in the Battle Room was of paramount importance to the children fighting inside of it, and so when the Ender’s Game movie came out (which I refuse to watch for reasons that I can probably talk about some other time), it was a big deal for the Battle Room to be brought to life on the silver screen.

As many people have pointed out over the past few months, the Star Citizen Battle Arena is looking strikingly similar to the Ender’s Game Battle Room, which many have claimed is a bad thing. I, however, would contest this.

Star Citizen has made no attempt to hide what inspires it. From 2001 A Space Odyssey to classic board games to Star Wars to a multitude of video games, Star Citizen has striven to be innovative while also giving homage to the giants whose backs it stands on. And with the Battle Arena, it’s obviously been very inspired by the Battle Room, which I see as a good thing!

The Battle Room was an amazing design from the brilliant mind of Orson Scott Card, and it would be silly to ignore that and come up with something entirely different when making something parallel would work much better. And I’ve even read Dev posts mentioning the Battle Room in reference to the Battle Arena, so it Cloud Imperium Games isn’t exactly trying to hide what it’s doing – rather, it seeking to embrace the foreign ideas that have strengthened it.

After all, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, right?

Source: Sandi’s Facebook

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