Aliens: Colonial Marines drops spring 2012

Sega publishing Gearbox's long-awaited game sequel to landmark sci-fi film early next year for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360; first trailer inside.

Sega and Gearbox have at last announced a release date for their long-awaited game sequel to James Cameron's classic sci-fi film Aliens. This morning, the publisher and developer revealed that Aliens: Colonial Marines will ship for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in spring 2012. (A previously revealed DS edition of the game was not mentioned.) Also, no rating information for the title was available, but given the gory subject matter, an M for Mature label is likely.

Aliens: Colonial Marines will finally storm consoles early next year.

Aliens: Colonial Marines' story will pick up shortly after the events of 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.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is one of four titles based on the Alien intellectual property Sega has begun development on since it landed the license in December 2006. The publisher had commissioned a role-playing game set in the sci-fi universe from Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas) before canceling the project in mid-2009. In February 2010, Sega released the Rebellion-developed Aliens vs. Predator to lukewarm reviews. Finally, earlier this month, the Sega-owned studio the Creative Assembly revealed that it, too, is working on a new console project based on the film series, which spans four movies: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.

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offspring94
offspring94

@thingta42, I really agree with you. The first time I saw Alien 3, I thought it was terrible. When I watched it again (the extended cut), I absolutely loved it.

thingta42
thingta42

Alien 3 is a underrated sequel. I think its a great move worth of being party of the trilogy. Just not as good as Alien or Aliens ofc. But Alien Resurection is horrible. I mean why not called it Alien 4? why Alien Resurection?

Diarma10
Diarma10

The first two Alien movies were superb, Alien 3 and 4 were bordering on awful in the way they treated the prior films, they themselves were well made. I hope they ignore the Alien 3 storyline and just work as a sequel to Aliens. It's the only way I'm ever going to see a proper sequel after all. And really, stop making AvP please? It was fun in 1991, but it's really beyond a joke now.

Anema1986
Anema1986

i was hoping for the DS release, the beta video of the DS version looks so awesome with fantastics 2D sprites

liam82517
liam82517

@KimCheeWarriorX Youre probably right, FOX did seem to poo all over alien3, just ask david fincher who wanted his name taken off the movie they interfered so much. FOX really does know how to flush a good movie/tvshow down the toilet. The fringe guys must have made a pact with the devil to still be on the air with such poor numbers.

LordXerud
LordXerud

I WAS really excited, about 4 years ago when this was announced. Since then there was an average Aliens V Predator game released and this has been in limbo. I do hope that this will be better.......

CDT1971
CDT1971

I say we take off and nuke the entire game from orbit, it's the only way to be sure ...

CDT1971
CDT1971

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senile--SNAKE
senile--SNAKE

Love the scanner sound, "game over man game over"...

funkmugumbo
funkmugumbo

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vasilakis141
vasilakis141

After the last AVP I am not exited that much. They have to make it really good to impress me after the last sh*t.

gazza_gamerNZ
gazza_gamerNZ

I mostly game at night... mostly. Seriously though I hope it doesn't take 57 years to make the perfect Aliens game or else I'll be using harsh language.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@Pink_Kikka @Jedilink109 yeah urrrm we dont talk about 4.....

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

hopefully the Alien experience i was hoping to get from AvP last year. With this year already brimming with so much AAA I can easily wait till 2012 for this.

rahulraja
rahulraja

should be better then operation flashpoint

Pink_Kikka
Pink_Kikka

@smeghead83 Your assuming that blast killed all the Aliens and that all of them were in the blast area when it happened. You also assume there can be only one queen. You also assume there was only one colony. @Jedilink109 Alien 4 was defiantly different. Most of it was an attempt at milk the franchise but I liked seeing people try to tame the Aliens and the baby the Mother gave birth to was wickedly freaky and I will never forget those eyes.

luckjon
luckjon

Sega, work up from AvP 2.

smeghead83
smeghead83

@ everyone who noticed before How can this game be set after the end of 'ALIENS' and on the same colony when it was destroyed and the Sulaco left to drift into empty space. If your going to make a game based on film, then at least watch the damn film!!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

SEGA and Gearbox. Two of my favourite companies in the world combining to make something that should be awesome. It better be awesome.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@Pink_Kikka I like Alien through 3. But when Resurrection hit. Ugh, that movie is just bad. First 3 are good though. Haven't played the newer AvP game yet, but I've played some of the old game and it's pretty sweetness... Hope this game will be great too. :D

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

Easily one of the best action movies of all time and certainly the pinnacle of the Alien franchise. Wonder why it took so long to get it into a game? Anyway if its done right, this could be a truly great gaming experience.

rockafella06
rockafella06

Don't go in, You Crazy Man, YOU CRAZY!!!

jonajacket
jonajacket

Spoiler for the kiddies who've never seen Aliens. I hope they explain clearly (and well) how this story line comes about since the colony is wiped out in a thermal nuclear explosion of 'about 40 megatons'. Plus the population was less than 200 and considering how many aliens get blasted in the movie, there aren't many left.

gunslinger20
gunslinger20

i really hope this is good...i have faith on gearbox though.

s0ldier69
s0ldier69

This is a game that should have been made 10 years ago, and it would have sold like hotcakes. In today's market, no one will give a damn.

Pink_Kikka
Pink_Kikka

All the Alien movies were good, some more than others. I wish they made top notch games because their is plenty of material to work with for story and gameplay alike.

oflow
oflow

all the Alien games so far have been fail home they do a btter job on this one.

Arch-Stanton
Arch-Stanton

@lfebaggins This little girl survived 2 months with no weapons or training- Ripely Maybe we should put her in charge- Hudson Great Movie (Aliens 2) 3 & 4 where rubbish. Hope the game does the movie justice.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

"Maybe we got them demoralized!" - Hudson

nitrocole
nitrocole

I love Aliens, favorite Sci-Fi horror monster =) Can't wait to give this game a go, hope it turns out good :o

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@tizmond avp the arcade game, that brings back some memories. it was a capcom hack & slash/beat-em-up if i remember correctly. was actually a really decent game. damn thing was a quarter muncher from what i remember of it.

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

great but bring us brothers in arms too please

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

@KimCheeWarriorX I guess the space issue could be part of the factor but I think its mostly because say you have a game with a certain budget and a certain time table, it has to come in under budget and within the set time table. With a game like AvP you have to in essence make three separate games each where the character has its own physics and it all has to be done on the budget of one game within the same one game time-frame. So instead of doing three full games, one for each species they are saddled with making a three part game where each species gets an even share of levels but none get enough to be a full fulfilling experience. Plus the fact they are in such a rush the developer is forced to cut corners, shorten levels, not spend time bug working and refining controls, that is what I think really killed the last AvP game. Edit - I am not against the idea of them doing two other games if this one works out (one for the Predators one for the Aliens). Heck I have been wanting a good predator game for a while, something with the feel of Infamous with all the quick building jumping, scaling etc but also with the stealth and sneak attacks like in Arkham Asylum.

tizmond
tizmond

Actually, a few of you are way off the mark... The original Alien Vs Predator was released on the SNES in '93. It was also an arcade game in my local chip shop !!!! I didn't mind the recent AvP game. The campaigns were fun, just a little basic & short. The Alien campaign suffered from poor camera & movement, but it was, overall, worth a play. This new Alien game looks not too bad so far. Hopefully it has a decent campaign and isn't geared too much toward the MP market.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@FidelSarcastro games like alien vs predator should be released on multiple discs if the game is developed multi-platform. for the 360 versions, they couldve had each species campaign be on separate discs as well as the multiplayer being on a disc all its own. im guessing the reason why most companies dont do this is because more discs cost more money. companies are always trying to cut costs so they can increase profits but as games become more and more data heavy, one dvd just isnt gonna cut it for most games anymore. every game that is developed multi-platform that have a campaign and multiplayer feature should be separated unto separate discs. i see alot of multi-platform games where the campaign is shortened just because they just had to cram some kind of multiplayer in there. the way i see it is, if there has to be a multiplayer feature then why not just put it on a separate disc? its because most game companies wanna be tight wads that we're forced to endure shorter campaigns and less multiplayer content for multi-platform games.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

@BxMxS2004 I agree the two AvP games back in 99 and 01 were pretty good, especially AvP 2. I mean I remember playing through the marine campaign and the game got to me psychologically, like the part where you are suppose to walk this narrow ledge from the hanging lab and the gal over the radio tells ya not to look down which of course you do and for a second there I had vertigo.

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

Hopefully they git it right this time, because all the others didn't.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@liam82517 from what i understand, it was a budget issue. for some strange reason, despite aliens' success, alien 3 was running on a much smaller budget and they had to reshape the story to involve less guns, explosions, actors, and action. there's alot of theories of why alien 3 was much less of an action movie than aliens was but that theory seems to be the most popular from what ive seen.

BxMxS2004
BxMxS2004

Many idiot kids here seem to forget AVP was initially a video-game for the PC back in 1999 & 2001....and a fantastic one at that. Long before all of the terrible movies and the more recent game atrocity were released. I have few better gaming memories from the late 90's than running around as a Predator or Colonial Marine in this first AVP....hell, they are up there with the first Half-life. Hopefully this lives up to that high mark.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i used to love sega back when they used to make home consoles. their games were top notch back then, they had to be since most the best games for their consoles were their own. but since theyve become a software only developer, their games have fallen by the wayside. most of the best games they had in their first couple of years as a software only developer were just ports from dreamcast games, which explains why they were rather good. but since theyve tried to develop new games since taking the software route, theyve been coming up short for the most part. ive yet to see a sega produced game in the pswii60 generation that really made me go "wow". the only game i was really looking forward to out of all the games that sega had planned based on the alien series was the rpg one that was supposed to be developed by obsidian. i was thinking maybe a combination of fallout meets aliens. wouldve been cool i think. for colonial marines, im gonna take a wait and see approach. gonna do my homework before i even consider buying this.

liam82517
liam82517

ohhh alternative timeline goodness? I suppose its the alien sequel we all wanted instead of alien3. I liked alien3 but throwing away the characters from aliens like they did was probably the dumbest thing they could have done. You see the characters battle to survive all the way to the end of aliens then they get killed off screen in the alien3, it just kinda ruins aliens a little.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

"All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal's a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps! " Finally after all this wait we can finally play out some Colonial Marine bughunting. I mean sure Alien Vs Predator was okay I guess but splitting the game between three species made it where each campaign just didnt feel complete. Now with an entire game focusing on the Marines. If they do it right it will have all the beats from the Aliens movies, long sections of tense dark atmospheric creeping and then some fakeout scares along the way, all leading to some intense gunfights. I cant freaking wait. Edit: @HaloPimp978 Thanks for posting that link, that extra footage has got my hopes up that the game might actually deliver where so many others in recent years have failed, well heres hoping.

SLAMT1LT
SLAMT1LT

I'm guessing the story will be waffer thin. The marines arrive, look around, get eaten and the last remaining marine, sets off a nuke. Not sure what else Gearbox can come up with. The Alien creature was created by an unknown race as a biological weapon used to rid a planet of it's indiginous populaton. Exploring that story would be more interesting I think. But, whatever, I'll still buy it.

zrx12r
zrx12r

There hasn't been a game out in 10 yrs. with the name SEGA attached to it that's been any good but I'd love for them to prove me wrong. You hear that SEGA! Prove me wrong!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

It has been awhile since I saw Aliens. But game Aliens game sound great. As for a quote. They cut the power! how could they cut the Power? (I loved the old coin-op arcade game Aliens)

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

if u go to this address http://174.143.27.200/ and type father as the hostname, press enter it will take you to the same trailer but slightly extended, with a few extra gameplay glimpses. ;)

max_1111
max_1111

Between the convenient oversight of the ending of Aliens ("In nineteen minutes, this area's gonna be a cloud of vapor the size of Nebraska." -Bishop) and the general lackluster treatment these games get, i remain somewhat skeptical... Hopeful... ...but skeptical...