Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U canceled

[UPDATE] Sega confirms Nintendo version of first-person shooter no longer in development; "business-as- usual" at developer Demiurge.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a representative for Demiurge Studios provided a statement saying it is "business-as-usual" at the company following the cancellation of Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U. The statement comes from Demiurge CEO and cofounder Albert Reed.

"We were very sorry to hear about the cancellation of Aliens for Wii U. It's business-as-usual here at Demiurge Studios. We are focused on making Shoot Many Robots for mobile kick ass and we've got another unannounced game in the works that we can't wait to unveil!"

The original story follows below

The Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines--said to be the best-looking version of all--has been canceled. It was originally expected to launch by the end of March.

"Sega can confirm that the Wii U sku of Aliens: Colonial Marines is no longer in development," Sega told GameSpot today.

No rationale for the cancellation was provided, though the game's fate had long been in question.

It is not clear when exactly Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U was canceled or if the move will result in layoffs at Cambridge, Mass. developer Demiurge Studios. A representative from the studio was not immediately available to comment.

Prior to today, Sega had three times refused to provide a status update on the project following the critically panned launch of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC version in February.

Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford said last month that he was unsure if Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U will ship at all. "We'll see," Pitchford said at the time.

"That's not our call. I think [developer Demiurge Studios] did amazing work," he went on. "I think it's really cool, but Sega's got to figure that out. We're doing the best we can."

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peteyboi29
peteyboi29

i can't understand how some one can take some thing as awesome as the Aliens series and turn it into some thing soooooooooo bad ??? do they just have a bunch of monkey slapping the hell outta keyboards ?? 

good think the wiiu isn't getting this pile of shit every body who bought the game should get a refund also ... 

red666devil
red666devil

Sega went all "Aladeen" on this game.

Max-Zorin
Max-Zorin

From what I read, the game sucked so no one that own a Wii U will be in their feelings.

Episode23
Episode23

see kids, this is human greed and its consequences ;)

stick to your guns and don't carry more guns than you have pockets unless your name is rambo.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

Obviously Sega has realized Wii gamers have been forewarned and wont pony up the dough. the pain, the pain.

hadlee73
hadlee73

They should've used the voice actors from the original Resident Evil for this game. That way it would have fallen into the "so bad its good" category and attained cult status :P

shreds97
shreds97

I'm laughing harder than I think I should be.

starfox15
starfox15

Oh no. Wii U won't be privy to probably one of the worst releases of 2013. I feel deprived. 

Kickable
Kickable

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Tychobrahi
Tychobrahi

Good Riddance!  Let this be a lesson to all AAA developers. When focusing on one game with an extended dev cycle, let that be the ONLY game you are working on.  

Lumacx13
Lumacx13

Seems like the Wii U has lost a lot of the third party support that was promised for it. In terms of colonial marines and what everyone says about it, I guess Wii U gamers are not missing much.

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

Well on the Wii U, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 will make up for such a disappointment, if you want the best. Can't think of other games as replacement but that's all really. Consider that an open question on what game makes up for this cancellation. I currently own a Wii at the moment so Call of Duty Black Ops sort of make perfect sense if I could hold my tension.

Zer0nohero
Zer0nohero

They saved a lot of people for buying this trash. The game was a complete disappointment.

Depresso
Depresso

and on the specific, how about releasing some original games ? Maybe even Wii U owners already played all the original games on other consoles. Hardly surprising if one considers thar many Wii owners also had a second system. Wake up Nintendo, where's your games ?

The more I think about it the more it feels they rushed out the system to be in front of the other two without having any original game in mind. i hope the catch up but they have really sat on their laurels at Ninty !

Depresso
Depresso

Why would anyone wish for the Nintendo WiiU to fail is baffling. It's not as if your Sony or Microsoft machine are threatened by it, don't you love videogames ? You don't want to see anymore Mario games, Mario kart games etc ? I currently do not own a Wii U but as soon as a good number of games I want to play surfaces I will get on as I really like the controller. I must admit they could have pushed the envelope a little bit in terms of graphics but they must have done their maths. Either way I wouldn't wish on Nintendo, Sony or MS to fail as competition is good for us, the consumers.

bubbalooga
bubbalooga

It got cancelled? Oh no, what a shame.

boredom_kills
boredom_kills

Wow. Wii-U game gets cancelled. The surprise. The horror. Hang on... is anyone remotely surprised by this?

botsio
botsio

this is absolute rubbish!u hyped the hopes of wii u owners just to let them down at the end!sega needs to properly appologise to wii u owners!what if the new so called projects they claim need their attention fails!shoot may robots!doesn't sound like something i would look forward to!i like sega but this is waaaay!overboard!

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

Wait, is this a bad news or a good news?

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

Am I the ONLY one actually mad about this?

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

Wow who would have thunk it...oh ya everyone saw this coming lol Can gamespot stop reporting this story now? Was any Wii U owner clamoring for THIS game? It's pretty much been slammed as being a crappy game or at best mediocre game and the wii u still has a rather low user base in comparison to the still relevant 360/ps3/PC. It really makes sense from the devs point of view since the making the port would have been the equivalent of flushing money down a toilet ;p The wii U ONLY owners really aren't missing much either. 

I will admit the multi player had it's charms.

metalkid9
metalkid9

is the game really that bad?

devilscry
devilscry

i dunno whats worse, people who bought the console for this game...or people who bought the console.

deliman
deliman

Now Wii U owners will never experience the brilliance that is Aliens: Colonial Marines.


Those poor souls.

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

Makes sense no matter the point of view. It's a game with really low review scores and a lot of hate, on a console with a relatively low fanbase. It has red numbers written all around it.

javalino
javalino

one more to the pile of non WiiU titles. the fanboys don't care anyway !!

chun-IDGAF-li
chun-IDGAF-li

why cancel it? it was a work of art!...........NOT!!

franzito
franzito

And who the hell cares for yet another FPS?! Butthurt are Wii U owners thinking they "lost something important"...

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

2 products that nobody gives a crap about. The Wii U and Colonial Marines.

franzito
franzito

Unless you're "dying" for an Alien reboot, then you are upset. Otherwise...

Karjah
Karjah

Even if the game did suck the WiiU needs to have 3rd party titles coming out for it if the vast majority of gamers were going to buy the system.  I hate to say it but if it takes another few months for anything worthwhile to launch on the system it's going to be a complete write off for most of us.

rushiosan
rushiosan

The Wii U is doomed, even if this game was going to be a complete waste of time and money.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Never thought I would be so happy about a game being cancelled then again this game was suppose to be a hit and miss title anyways.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

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That was the sound of no one caring.

snkcapcom411
snkcapcom411

Who cares? The game sux anyway. There are far better Wii U games coming like "Injustice: Gods Among Us", "Resident Evil: Revelations", "Watch Dogs", "Pikmin 3", "Rayman Legends", "Assassin's Creed IV" and Nintendo is debuting Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Zelda, a new 3D Mario and more at this year's E3. It would be nice to have Wii U versions of "Bioshock: Infinite" and "Tomb Raider". I hope Capcom makes "Tatsunoko vs. Capcom 2". I have Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS and iPhone 5 so no fanboy here.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

And that ends a sad chapter in video gaming history.

Aria1368
Aria1368

i kinda feel pity for Wii U ... It's an innovative console in a very bad time :( This is a time that only several developers make money ex:Halo,BF,COD,UC,GOW,FIFA or skyrim ... other than these developers pretty much all other are losing money, no matter how good their games are. Games fatigue or bad economy or whatever you wanna call it ... Simply adding expenses on developing for a new console like Wii U with it's low sales, is risky specially since everyone planning to get PS4/NextBox ... It's pretty sad that Nintendo should deal with this.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Probably a good call for all. It's just a massive disappointment. Alien/Aliens fans are long over due for an adequate Alien game. How could it be so hard to develop a great game in such a rich universe? 

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

Another multiplatform video game for the Wii U being unrelease. I had hope they could at least improved Aliens: Colonial Marines over the other consoles's and PC's version, but that hope is gone.

robertcain
robertcain

Would the game be any better or less disappointing on Wii U? Not likely and from here on in Gearbox needs to stay well away from both licensed games and games in development hell if they want to keep their reputation intact.

ziproy
ziproy

Finally some good news for the Wii-U community

Business as usual best mean the systematic firing of this defunct company

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

So they are admitting that both Aliens and WiiPoo suck

Lamesy
Lamesy

"We were very sorry to hear about the cancellation of Aliens for Wii U. It's business-as-usual here at Demiurge Studios."
Something's not adding up here. These devs are talking like they've been done with the game for months already -- but then why didn't the WiiU version launch in Feb alongside the others? It kind of sounds like Sega was canceling this version even before the terrible reviews. Like they figured, "if it can't make simultaneous launch, **** it, give up."

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

I am just afraid that in near future no developer will have the balls to make an Aliens game after this bad press about the game/developer/franchise.

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

One more message: Randy Pitchford stood up girls on a date is a good metaphor. Because of so much focus on Borderland series, Duke Nukem Forever and Aliens Colonial Marines is so let down by such little production and wasted their time until the last minute. If he promises a bunch of girls to go on a date but dates only one, the girls he stood up will punish him for not showing up, just to have a good time. Anyway, we gamers deserve better than being stood up or in a comic sense, nothing happens until the announcement makes us trash the street.

How could he be so untrustworthy? I should think about demoting him. (Ratchet Altair, Sakura Wars So Long My Love).