Is Aliens: Colonial Marines still coming to Wii U?

After Xbox 360, PS3, and PC versions were blasted by critics, Sega, Gearbox, and Demiurge won't say if Wii U version is still on the way.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines was blasted by critics at launch this week. GameSpot's review said the game is a "disappointing exercise in bland corridor shooting" and one that is "unremarkable in every conceivable way." Other critics also crushed the game, with Joystiq criticizing the game for being an "unfettered disaster" and Gamesradar saying it is "wholly uninteresting."

A checkered, strained, and protracted development, according to sources, was the reason the game came up short.

With a heightened degree of negativity surrounding Aliens: Colonial Marines, will publisher Sega decide to follow through with its plans to launch the game for the Wii U later this year?

It's tough to say, because no one involved with the project is willing to talk.

A Sega of America senior public relations manager told GameSpot, "We’re not commenting on anything regarding Aliens: Colonial Marines right now." Meanwhile, a representative for Demiurge Studios, the Cambridge, Mass., outfit in charge of development said, "Thanks for reaching out and appreciate you double checking with the Demiurge team. However, we can't comment at this time."

Though Gearbox Software is not significantly involved in development on Aliens: Colonial Marines for the Wii U, CEO Randy Pitchford said last year that he sees the game "regularly." It's likely, then, that the studio would have an idea about how the Wii U version is progressing. This remains to be seen, as a Gearbox representative had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on whether the Wii U version is still planned for release.

Pitchford's Twitter account does not clarify the situation, either. Apart from one retweet about a patch for the console and PC versions of the game, Pitchford has not discussed the Wii U version whatsoever this week.

If retailer listings are any indication, Aliens: Colonial Marines for the Wii U is still on. GameStop, Best Buy, GameFly, and Target all have product pages for the game, though Amazon does not. A representative from the retailer was not immediately available to comment.

The official Aliens: Colonial Marines website lists the Wii U version as "TBC." It is unclear what this means, though popular possibilities include "to be considered" and "to be confirmed."

Discussion

282 comments
loopy_101
loopy_101

I sincerely hope that Gearbox iron out the glitches found in the other versions when they release Aliens to the unsuspecting Wii U audiences.

oversizeandy
oversizeandy

Would not advise anyone to buy rubbish shame on the hype this game got

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

If they can rework the game to solve all the criticisms then yes, otherwise....

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

did any one ever see what aliens originally looked and played like.  it was awsome . they never even released the same game 

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

i dont know about nintendo forcing people to play games on a controler screen but sony wants us to now buy the vita so we can play ps4 games without a tv.  same difference

slefo29
slefo29

Like anyone would be crushed if this PoS wasn't released on the Wii U. 

grove12345
grove12345

so developers didnt realize their game was complete crap when they decided to make it a casual FPS?


SythisTaru
SythisTaru

Wait, is this real? I thought this was one of Wii-U's biggest titles, and was released for it first. Are you telling me it never even came out for Wii-U? What in Gods name is Nintendo doing?

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

WII U owners: you don't want this piece of shit released for your console, even with the drought of Wii U games. Sega, spare them the pain and cancel it. Then, sue the crap out of Gearbox for making such a poor quality product.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

They might as well just release it.  I'd buy it for 20 bucks easily.  The whole "FPS MUST BE INNOVATIVE!" thing is negated if you can just find that sweet spot where the price point equates value.  For me, that would be 20.  For a lot of others, it sounds like they're big enough fans of the Aliens franchise that might be buy it for 30 or 40.  Considering Sega's showing a history of releasing games at around 30 or 40 (Anarchy Reigns, Sonic Racing Transformed), maybe they should just bring out ACM on the Wii U for 40 and just cut their losses.  Makes more sense than canceling a game that's almost finished.  Can't stand when developers do that.

darthchronik77
darthchronik77

Randy Pitchford sounds completely full of sh*!t.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

a 360=complete circle and , ya i actually beleive wiiu will get some sort of enhancment 

metalgrinch
metalgrinch

I say bring it over to the WiiU, fix as much of the crap as possible, and then give it a sub name that differentiates it from the PS3/Xbox bomb. Something cute like "Game Over, Man Edition." Put in some good extras and they'll be set. If it's good enough it could be a system seller for Nintendo action FPS fans

fluffy_puppy666
fluffy_puppy666

Everytime i see the SEGA logo on a game cover i turn 360 degrees and walk away. 

silvergol
silvergol


Aliens Colonial Marines fit perfectly for Wii U.

ROCKINGFOOL
ROCKINGFOOL

man i dont expect it to pass 100k on wiiu , especially the bait and switch he did with the game engine , the beta engine which he showed back in October was jaw dropping gorgeous but the actual game was change completly when they launch it .

we forgave you the first time , but the second time i am gona show you the middle finger.

silverwings21
silverwings21

Hopefully it does come out, but fixes all the problems. Sort of like what the PS3 version did to Alone In The Dark.

hehe101
hehe101

Don't think anyone actually cares, unless it's a brand new game.

flazzle
flazzle

If it doesn't come to the WiiU, then the WiiU will have the best version

IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

I would die laughing if the WiiU version was delayed for AI and graphical improvements and the end product was somehow vastly better because of parallel development.

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

Man I wish there was a way where Gearbox can just fix the game on how it was "Ment to be" with just a massive update XD .... oh well it seems like monolith was the only devs that actually got their crap straight with this franchise and what that was like 13 years ago? Jee wiz GearBox SMH

Dougsmoog
Dougsmoog

I recieved the game yesterday for the PS3 and can honestly say that there is a big nostalgia thing going on there, it's great to hear all the noises, music etc. I can put up with most things however what i find exeptionally bad apart from the graphics, the clunky animation and the cheesy story is how poor the controls feel! ive tried fucking around with every consevable setting in the game and no joy it feels like I have serible paulsy playing the thing compaired to other shooters out there... Out of everything else that's what this game needed to be.... A good shooter, fluid movement, great! fuck everything else That's what 'Aliens' was, a bad ass shooter of a movie. This game was a poor dim shadow compaired to what most were expecting! Movement may feel better on the PC but on the console it's awful..... What a waste of time....

megakick
megakick

@SythisTaru Failing... Wii- U pad was the biggest mistake ever. Forcing game players to buy a fancy touch pad controller is just bad marketing. I already have a DS why would I want to buy it again so I can use it on the Wii- U?

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

You can dress up, and put nice makeup on a pig but it's still a pig.

silverwings21
silverwings21

@fluffy_puppy666

A 180 you stupid spaghetti slurping cretin, if I did a 360 i'd go completely around and end up back where i started.

PinkFloyd2003
PinkFloyd2003

@fluffy_puppy666 360 degrees means a complete circle.  You'd still be looking at that logo.  I think you mean 180 degrees.

Elem187
Elem187

@IllegallyAwesum The funny part is you might be right....

Usually a game is completely finished on another system before porting can even begin... I never heard of a port happening piece meal. So it sounds like the two versions were being developed at the same time by two different studios.. Timegate did 50% of the PS360/PC version and Demiurge is handling the Wii U version.

But knowing Nintendo's luck, the Demiurge version will be shiite too....

But if this was the case, then why didn't gear box just take the demiurge version and port it over to ps360/pc and release that ? lol

Vambran
Vambran

@steve4123456789  

After what sega went through to get Gearbox to finish this game , i doubt they will give them a nickle more to port this game to Wii-U. 

eLLiptiX
eLLiptiX

@WolfGrey @flazzle 

I kind of do too..  popping the gamepad in lieu of the motion tracker?


God knows graphics definitely won't be an issue ._.

jmc88888
jmc88888

@Elem187 @IllegallyAwesum  

It's a good question.  Perhaps they could do that for the PC version since the Wii U version can obviously be ported to PC hardware.

For 360/PS3 it would be difficult since the specs are much crappier.  The Wii U version might be using some of that new tech that makes it better than the current gen consoles whereas they couldn't get away with that on the older consoles with older GPU's and 1/2 to 1/4 the ram of the Wii U.

The other thing is that Sega was pushing them hard to release it to the point that another delay could have started a lawsuit against Gearbox from Sega for all the delays. 

So they pushed it out.  It might even be internally now that that's out they fulfilled their 'obligations' to Sega and the new Wii U version (not under the same constraints since the Wii U didn't exist when the contract was originally signed) with a different team making it and being backed by Gearbox can make it more how it's supposed to be without interference from Sega and win a Pyrrhic victory showing they made a good Aliens game, well one version of it.  


Or the game will suck.

PinkFloyd2003
PinkFloyd2003

@fluffy_puppy666 @PinkFloyd2003 Not quite. And still doesn't make me wrong but thanks for playing.