Aliens: Colonial Marines delayed to fall

Sega says it did not want to "sacrifice creative process" to meet former spring ship date; first-person science fiction shooter now due this fall.

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Gamers hoping to play Aliens: Colonial Marines in spring 2012 won't have that opportunity. In a statement provided to the GameStop-owned Game Informer magazine, Sega and Gearbox Software revealed that the sci-fi first-person shooter has been delayed to fall 2012.

Gamers now have more time to catch up with the Aliens films.

"Aliens: Colonial Marines is a process of creativity and invention and those don't necessarily follow the structure of an assembly line," reads a line from the statement provided to Game Informer.

"While setting clear goals, deadlines and predictions is helpful, they are often subjective. We don't want to sacrifice the creative process just for the sake of following a blueprint. We prefer to have the creative discovery shape that blueprint because our goal is to make a great game, and we are prioritizing this goal over the previously targeted date."

When it does ship, Aliens: Colonial Marines will arrive for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Its story will pick 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.

Discussion

80 comments
MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

@ticklemonster1 That's what I was talking about, why wouldn't they track the pod to the prison colony? The plot doesn't make much sense.

Davhut
Davhut

Better for my bank balance that they delay the game avoiding the Spring crush. Patience young Padawan patience :D

frydaddy1978
frydaddy1978

Bummed it is pushed back. But it might be a good thing. Maybe they want to polish it up and not dissappoint the fans. I grew up watching these movies and if they keep the feeling of the movie it should be good.

d_40
d_40

game over man, game over!!!

00J
00J

hadley's hope got destroyed, but this is probably pre-event, they only tried to destroy hadley's hope because everyone was dead, ripley, girl newt, android bishop, and hicks were left.

ticklemonster1
ticklemonster1

@mrhatnclogs : it was a nuclear reactor(more or less) so not the whole planet was destroyed, just messed up real bad, also this is a support marine team( apparently they didnt get the memo that things went bad), and only escape pods were jettasoned on lv436(the prison planet) the main ship did not crash...but who cares, it still should be fun with a plot!

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Few things that are bothering me, from reading wikipedia this is taking place between Aliens and Alien 3. Problems: 1. Hadleys hope was turned into a crater. 2. After Aliens, the Sulaco was heading back to base, they should still be on board. 3. If they found it abandoned, it would mean that the remaining crew crashed on the prison colony, why wouldn't they check that out?

jaymib
jaymib

Damn it, i was looking forward to playing this, i hate it when games get put back till the Christmas, come on, we know the game is ready, you just want to make as much money out of it but releasing it at the end of the year!!! I hate it, no games to buy for 10 months and then in a space of two month 20 odd games you want to play come out and not enough cash to get all. :(

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

@Legrieme Unless your company is Rockstar or Valve.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

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Teggert
Teggert

@sammyd1234- No to both of those suggestions, those noises are intrinsic to Aliens!

sammyd1234
sammyd1234

get rid of that damn beeping sound, its so annoying, also change the gun sounds, they sound really bad. thats just 2 bad things i can say about this so far.

residude
residude

Read that as "due to fail"

Diarma10
Diarma10

@endorbr - spot on. The first two movies are the only "cannon" movies in my mind, so this game is the only proper sequel to the Aliens movie I will likely get for the next couple of decades. No pressure Gearbox. We can only hope Hollywood and games companies stop with the AvP already. Predator 2 has a lot to answer for. @Legrieme - I hate to say it, but you're probably right. I'll bet you Sega read consumer feedback about getting games completed to a deadline, and used it as an excuse to delay the release. I hope though, that extra polish is being added, or am I being naive?

neogeta8
neogeta8

Looks like a standard Alien(s) game. Didn't see anything new to get excited about in that trailer.

mothboy
mothboy

@ AloeVera4...I AM DISAPPOINT!

JoeSour
JoeSour

Sucks but not surprised. This game has been pushed back so many times I'm just like "...meh". After seeing the last gameplay demo I wasn't too impressed either. Feels like an addon to AVP, but I might be wrong after this pushback

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

@AloeVera4 You OBVIOUSLY have never seen any of the Alien movies. And that's even more sad than this article.

brynhyfryd
brynhyfryd

I cannot wait for this game. I had a pre order on this game over 2 years ago. I just dont get why they keep delaying this game.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Oh, well this sucks. I was really looking forward to this game. I guess it won't kill me to wait a few more months, though. ;0

AloeVera4
AloeVera4

F.E.A.R. set in space with lizards!

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

I know that this could be a good thing, thinking that the game will have more time for polishing. However, I'm saddened by the fact that it will probably just become obscured in the mass quantity of games that are released this fall and it might fail to meet sales expectations. My bet is that by Christmas, this game will be on sale for $20. I hate saying that, but I've seen it happen so many times.

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

Sad face. I was hoping for it to come out at release. But I would rather have a good aliens game than a crappy one. I will just have to deal with it. All I can say is Sega better not screw this up cause I was anticipating this game for a long time.

mechag2
mechag2

If only Sega did this for AVP... that, and not cut support for it only a few months after it's release. ...those bastards.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

If they are delaying it then that means its going to be a better game. This game will probably end up being the best Alien shooter yet!

DarthLod
DarthLod

Better to wait, considering how BAD the previous AVP games were.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

AVP2 for the PC is still the hands down best Alien vs Predator game in my opinion. Even the multiplayer was fantastic.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

WHOO HOOO IM ALLOWED TO COOMMENT agian mmm and well this is not that bad i hate having half the game on disc oand half on dlc id rather give em some time extra time to make a very very warm and awaited welcome game in my case!!! :)

EXODYS
EXODYS

I'm looking forward to this game, hopefully it'll be good and scary as hell :D

firzok
firzok

@power_marks but it is being developed by gearbox software and they are quite good.

pszone
pszone

I seen gameplay of this and looks finish so i guess more timw wont hurt that wont be like duke

macca366
macca366

I still find the PS1 Aliens game scary to play. No problem with the Dead Space series, but I think that this might be more intense to play. Not that its a needed feature, but a multiplayer horde mode would be an obvious and good way to extend of the life of the game

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

no prob, take your time, just deliver.

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

Faith is down on this one..to many nonplaying movieparts, its like u run from one cutscene to another in minutes. And had really hoped to play as Ripley. Finally avp wasent halfbad, multiplayer is pretty fun "adv sissiors,stone,paper" and it runs on DirectX 11.

power_marks
power_marks

@ SEGA always failed creating movie based game................ So i realy no hope with this game

Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

Oh man... this is gonna be a very hard wait! I know it will be worth it in the end though!

itchyflop
itchyflop

it better not suck after all this, the ps1 alien game was mega and thoroughly enjoyable....

AcidSoldner
AcidSoldner

Damn it.... Oh well. More time to polish and make this game even better.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

Eurgh... really Randy? I'll admit that I'm disappointed. But on the other hand, does this mean we can have Borderlands 2 early instead please? WELL!?!?! PLEASE?!!!! Still looking forward to this in a BIG way.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Once again... Hope it won't become "Aliens: Colonial Marines Forever"

Vambran
Vambran

better be early fall sega. you Don't want this game going against Call of Duty or halo.

MadcatMK6
MadcatMK6

Well, if its to improve quality, then I guess I don't mind waiting. Geez, why can't Sega give Sonic this kind of treatment? Yes I know the last two Sonic games(Colors and Generations) were good, but they still weren't amazing.

jalen_222
jalen_222

Bravo to Sega ! Thank you for caring about product quality - instead of deadline (money). I know the outstanding quality of other recent games has really raised the gaming 'bar' - and several game makers have had to revamp their product. Also, despite previous attempts, there has never been a decent shooter for Aliens that it's fans have long thirsted for - let get it right. We don't want ANOTHER disappointment.

nemesis1990
nemesis1990

No need to rush it SEGA. We can wait.

Barighm
Barighm

They didn't want to sacrifice the creative process of...an Aliens licensed FPS? HA! First great quote of the year!