"What did you think when you found out we were making a shooter?" 5th Cell's cofounder and creative director Jeremiah Slaczka asked me at the Game Developers Conference. I had recently heard the company talk about the need to innovate and create new genres and ideas in each game it makes, so I was aware the new title wasn't just going to be a shooter—the other shoe was about to drop in their upcoming Xbox Live Arcade release.
And drop it did, as Hybrid is the best Ender's Game game that has nothing to do with the books. Here's how 5th Cell turned the third-person shooter genre on its head.