Aliens: Colonial Marines delayed to 2013

Gearbox Software's upcoming action shooter now scheduled for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC release on February 12, 2013; Wii U date coming later.

Gamers won't get their hands on Aliens: Colonial Marines this fall as developer Gearbox Software had previously announced. Today, the studio announced that the new science-fiction action shooter will arrive worldwide on February 12, 2013, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A release date for the Wii U version of the game will be announced at a later date.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is staying grounded until next year.

Writing on the Gearboxity blog, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford did not directly attribute anything specific to the delay. He explained that Aliens: Colonial Marines must feel "authentic" and appeal to longtime fans of the Alien film franchise, as well as those who have never seen any of the movies.

Pitchford also explained why some may have felt Aliens: Colonial Marines has boasted a longer-than-average development cycle. He said though the game was "announced" in 2008, at that time, the studio had only just finished prototypes and was just beginning earnest production of the title. In the end, Pitchford said development time for Aliens: Colonial Marines will be roughly equivalent to the original Borderlands or the first Brothers in Arms title.

This is not the first time Aliens: Colonial Marines has been delayed. Last June, a spring 2012 release date was slapped on the game, but that changed in January, when Sega and Gearbox Software revealed the game had been pushed to a fall 2012 release.

Speaking to GameSpot in a video interview (embedded below), Pitchford explained that the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines will be the best-looking iteration of the game. He also said it will make use of Nintendo's tablet controller, which will operate as a motion tracker, among other things.

The story of Aliens: Colonial Marines picks up shortly after the events of the 1986 sci-fi film Aliens. Players will join a squad of the titular space soldiers who board the USS Sulaco, the spaceship from the film, after it is apparently abandoned. From there the action will spread to the surface of the planet LV-426 and its main settlement, Hadley's Hope. The first-person shooter will also feature environments and weapons inspired by the film.

For more on Aliens: Colonial Marines, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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cachinscythe
cachinscythe

Is this going to be a shooter RPG? Because I thought I remembered that being the genre description when I read a preview for the game.

 

What exactly IS this game?

jeffsrulex
jeffsrulex

Hey Joe-

 

Your Aliens game play is so lame your mama can beat you!

jeffsrulex
jeffsrulex

Hey Joe-

 

I'm going to whoop you butt at this game!

 

Los9090
Los9090

Bummer, but hey, it's on my birthday

linkyshinks
linkyshinks

I hope they make good use of any increase in raw power with the mass production version of WiiU. As a fan of both the series and Nintendo, I want excellent pack mentality to be seen in the AI, glimpses of gameplay I've seen so far haven't filled me with confidence sadly. I also want the very best textures possible on WiiU, and for Gearbox to improve their custom deferred lighting renderer on this version, because I'm not impressed by everything I've seen so far from it, some things look cheap. The fire effects need to be much improved, they look dated, all elemental effects should be top draw in this game, just like they were in the film. I don't want the flame-thrower looking like crap. I'd also like to see the Xeno's move better, some of the animation frames look awkward and not as smooth as they should. The procedural morphing could be a lot better.

ps2fatboy
ps2fatboy

hmm delay the game thats been delayed like forever already doh!!!!!!!!this sucks ass

jeffsrulex
jeffsrulex

Need to start on a Prometheus game!

kingster113
kingster113

Take all the time you need guys, one thing I noticed that requires some more work was the way the Aliens reacted to each round of shots planted on em. The Aliens practically had not much reactions to each round from the pulse rifles. Shouldn't there be like obvious knock-backs and limbs getting shot off? All we saw were blood splattering everywhere. That needs more work.

Henninger
Henninger

Damn that sucks. I was looking forward to this game.

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

I need more time to play Witcher 2 anyway.  Dang it this game better be good though!

xcollector
xcollector

After Duke these guys have to reprove themselves. 

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Does anyone not make shooters anymore? When are people going to get bored of them and stop buying every one that comes out so we can get the publishers allowing other genres to be made.

Lockjaw2000
Lockjaw2000

When I first saw gameplay footage, I wasn't too impressed....but I'm actually interested now.  I can't wait to see what Gearbox has in store for this title...

itchyflop
itchyflop

understandable but bitchin i wanted this big time

Liferipper
Liferipper

(Cyanide4Suicid35 pts

The more develepment time, the better the game will be. Cant wait for this release!)

 

 

 

Haven't forgotten Duke Nukem have we?

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

Still looking forward to it, and a company which takes time to release something, with less bugs requiring fewer patches, is a company I can respect. Take your time, I'll still be here to buy it when it's FINISHED.

Cyanide4Suicid3
Cyanide4Suicid3

The more develepment time, the better the game will be. Cant wait for this release!

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

it must have been pretty crappy if they need an extra six months of dev time.

 

what? polishing?

something about polishing turds comes to mind. I'm sure i'll forgive them if it's any good.

darkPSPfan
darkPSPfan

Lol most of the titles i want for ps3 this year are being delayed o.O i guess my prediction that my gaming year will be mostly Vita colored was correct

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I'm glad several games are being delayed into 2013. There's already plenty of titles on the way in the second half of this year that I want.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

Forget the WU, by 2013 there will be other new systems out.

 

They need to cancel the WU now!

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

"Pitchford also explained why some may have felt Aliens: Colonial Marines has boasted a longer-than-average development cycle. He said though the game was "announced" in 2008, at that time, the studio had only just finished prototypes, and was just beginning earnest production of the title."

 

Ummm, an Aliens game with the exact same name was supposed to come out 10 years ago. ( http://www.gamespot.com/aliens-colonial-marines/ )

 

I don't know if the games are related at all (besides for being an Aliens game), but if they are then that is kind of frustrating.   :/

jhpeter
jhpeter

Oh sh!t dude, and I was expecting to buy this game for Wii U soon...

tinglep
tinglep

Wii U is the best looking version... Is that a joke? This game was supposed to be released before the Wii U was even announced! What the hell???

House86
House86

Remember Duke Nukem Forever? yeah neither do I.

p4kman88
p4kman88

with gta V coming out this summer i understand...but still....

xdude85
xdude85

Take your time Gearbox.

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

I keep thinking this is shovelware.

erikseja1980
erikseja1980

Just how exactly is the "WII U" version gonna look better than the PC version, especially if it's running off a GTX 680?

ziproy
ziproy

This game looks like its gonna blow, especially their last trailer. Gearbox went way downhill after Borderlands

KFHEWUI
KFHEWUI

I am sick of hearing this crap. DNF was a good game.

 

Besides Gearbox Software did NOT make DNF, 3D Realms and Triptych Games did. Plus Gearbox has proven themselves all ready with Borderland, Brothers in Arms series, Half-Life: Blue Shift, and Half-Life: Opposing Force.

TriforceGods
TriforceGods

 @tinglep Classic. People always hold it over Nintendo fans heads that they aren't getting the best looking version of the game and now that we are you're just bitching like your entitled to the best looking version on your system of choice.

signaldis_basic
signaldis_basic

 @xdude85 Agreed don't want them rushing and screwing this one up...finger crossed for 2013

 

armodillo17
armodillo17

 @erikseja1980 The author misspoke (miswrote?). In the interview, Pitchford says that is will be the best looking *of the console versions*.

hadlee73
hadlee73

 @erikseja1980 That's why it's been delayed. They're still trying to work out how to actually back that statement up :P

Lockjaw2000
Lockjaw2000

 @Savoritias Duke Nukem wasn't their fault, the game was thrust into their laps and it was already almost done when they got it.  Nice try.

tinglep
tinglep

 @TriforceGods Actually I have a Wii, as well as a 360, PS3, and a PC. My wii is for casual gaming as reflected by the cost of the system and graphics output. My gripe is that this game has been in development for YEARS on consoles, and that fact that its being delayed so that it can come out after the WiiU launches in unacceptable. They should''ve launched this game on consoles, and then follow it up with a WiiU version, because lets be honest, it should be a completely different game, built on a totally different platform, much like Wii games. 

 

It has nothing to do with looking best on the best newest system, its about its about deadlines.

icebear8
icebear8

 @signaldis_basic i agree as well they can take there time to add new ideas or do some major bug crushing right now they already earned my 100$ (or what ever the Collectors cost)

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0.0110393198682

 @jeffsrulex Those aspects involve how you handle loss, your style points when dying in battle and of course leaving comments.

Lockjaw2000
Lockjaw2000

 @Savoritias You realize that they got it when it was almost done, which also means that it was probably getting close to a release date?  There's only so much devs can do.  We don't need to act like Nazis towards devs, give them time to make something good.  They didn't have enough time, so it wasn't their fault. 

Savoritias
Savoritias

 @Lockjaw2000 that is not a good explanation. They could make it better. But they rush to release to get it of their backs.