5 Aliens: Colonial Marines rolls out in 2012

One game that I was expecting to be confirmed during next week’s E3 festivities has just slipped out of the gates a little early. Aliens: Colonial Marines is happening, has not been cancelled, and is due out next year.

A joint project between SEGA, Twentieth Century Fox and esteemed developers Gearbox Software, the eagerly-anticipated and oft-rumoured Colonial Marines will be released for PS3, PC and Xbox 360, with Gearbox head honcho Randy Pitchford explaining that – believe it or not, the game is completely canon and fits in with the history of events set up in the “three key films”.

It makes sense then that you can expect bone-chilling suspense, blood-curdling thrills and other experiences that will otherwise affect your bodily makeup. Xenomorphs run riot throughout the franchise’s trademark claustrophobic environments, and it’s your job to dispatch them, post haste.

Pitchford continues:

To Gearbox Software and its peers throughout the industry, ALIENS is one of the most influential science fiction properties of all time.

Aliens: Colonial Marines, designed as an interactive successor to the landmark films from Twentieth Century Fox, is a dream project about which our studio is deeply committed and passionate.

Deeply committed and passionate enough to work on the game largely in secret for the past five years. Set between the events of Aliens and Alien 3, Colonial Marines was first announced in 2006.

Gary Knight, SVP of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America explains:

Aliens: Colonial Marines will be THE definitive ALIENS gaming experience.

Gearbox Software are doing a brilliant job translating the thrill and horror that ALIENS stands for into an action-packed shooter experience with co-operative gameplay at its core.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Mmmmm.

Early promises saw the game striving to be as realistic as possible – using original set designs to help create in-game assets such as the Sulaco. Syd Mead, who worked as a concept artist on Aliens was brought on-board to design elements of the ship that did not appear in the film but would be explorable in-game.

So far, it sounds like the extra effort’s paid off – even if that’s potentially what’s kept pushing the game further and further behind deadline.

Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President of New Media for Fox Consumer Products adds:

It’s no easy task to take on one of the most influential films of all-time, but SEGA and Gearbox are not going to disappoint. This game will be a must-have for fans of the ALIENS franchise and gamers around the globe.

…sticking to part of the predictions, Aliens: Colonial Marines will be on show at next week’s E3 Expo, before heading to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in mid-2012.


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