author Orson Scott Card is set to write the story for Red 5 Entertainment's upcoming free-to-play PC title Firefall
and an accompanying manga novel, the company announced today.
Card will collaborate with Red 5 on the game's story, and work with daughter Emily Janice Card and artists at Udon Entertainment (Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
) on the manga, which will also be made available as a free download later this year.
"I got involved with the game Firefall
because the guys from Red 5 invited me to," Card said in a developer diary video
. "Since I think the game is a great one -- the story that they're developing is exciting -- I was delighted to be a part of it."
Card went on to explain the game's post-apocalyptic world, where humanity somehow managed to stay civilized and keep its high technology, which will be necessary to fight off "a whole bunch of extremely dangerous monsters coming at us that need shooting."
"It's an absolute honor to welcome Orson Scott Card to the Red 5 family as an honorary member of The Tribe,” Red 5 Studios CEO Mark Kern said in a statement. "Orson understands us as a studio, what we represent and gets the vision we have for Firefall
Card has been involved with video games since writing dialogue for 2005 action-adventure Advent Rising
. He also collaborated on Chair Entertainment's critically acclaimed 2009 Xbox Live Arcade release Shadow Complex
A planned Chair project based on Card's Ender's Game novels
was scrapped late last year