Firefall is indie dev Red 5’s first title, a free-to-play online shooter that looks like one part Tribes, one part Borderlands, and three parts awesome, and it looks like they may already be running into some controversial territory, without the game having even been released.
RockPaperShotgun reports that the story of Firefall is set to be written by Orson Scott Card, a living sci-fi legend in the literary world today. Unfortunately, he’s also a living hotbed of controversy with his now-notorious views on human rights.
I understand Red 5 probably couldn’t pass up a chance to have their game backed by a science fiction powerhouse, but surely there were other, less dangerous choices for an independent developer’s first game, no? I’m not saying I’d boycott the game, but there’s almost certainly quite a few that are scribbling up some online petitions as we speak.
I’m not going to dismiss Firefall altogether now, but hopefully this doesn’t backfire on their potentially well-deserved success.