Ever since Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) and John McTiernan's Predator (1987) debuted on the silver screen, they have proved to be fertile ground for product offshoots. The two franchises have spawned a mélange of games, action figures, and comic books, with a new wave of merchandising hitting after every subsequent movie sequel and spin-off. One of the most notable of those spin-offs was the Aliens vs. Predator comic book series in 1992, which took the two franchises to their logical conclusion by pitting the two world-consuming forces against one another in an alien-on-alien free-for-all slashfest.
Though that setting has lent itself quite nicely to the gaming sector, the first film portraying the now-classic feud, Paul W.S. Anderson's Alien vs. Predator (2004), came and went without the seemingly requisite tie-in. However, that oversight has been resolved for AVP2, which is set to hit the box office in December. Sierra Entertainment announced today it would be partnering with 20th Century Fox on Aliens vs. Predator, a third-person action adventure game exclusively for the PlayStation Portable. The game will predate the movie by a month, as it is slated for release this November.
Diverging from the first-person shooter action of the comic book-inspired Aliens vs. Predator games, Aliens vs. Predator on the PSP decks out players solely in Predator dreadlocks, and then turns them loose on both the Alien hordes and human fodder. Players will have access to the Predator's grab bag of high-tech gadgetry, including classic favorites such as the signature cloaking device and wrist blades. In addition to a single-player campaign, the game will feature a co-op multiplayer mode. Sierra did not mention whether the game's multiplayer functionality would be online or ad hoc.
Aliens vs. Predator on the PSP will be developed by Rebellion Developments. The British-based studio is no stranger to the franchise, as it was behind the original Aliens versus Predator game on the Atari Jaguar in 1995, as well as the subsequent PC remake in 1999.