Team 17 revives Alien Breed

Classic Amiga title to get Unreal Engine next-gen makeover; will only be available via download.

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Despite the current generation of consoles offering up gaming experiences that could only have been dreamed about in the early '90s, many gamers still have a soft spot for the games they grew up with. Several titles have already been rereleased on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. Some, such as Duke Nukem 3D and Sensible Soccer, have been ported in their original incarnations, while others, such as Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix and Bionic Commando, have been given a full makeover.

Is there anything better than a flamethrower?

Now, Team 17 has announced that the Amiga classic Alien Breed is returning as Alien Breed Evolution and has released a set of screenshots from the new game. Launched back in 1991 on the Amiga and then later on MS-DOS PCs, the game was a big success for the company spawning several sequels. Alien Breed took inspiration from Ridley Scott's Alien and saw gamers take on the role of a lone marine, fighting against the alien horde in 2D top-down action.

The Worms maker has promised the new game will be a "drop-dead gorgeous retro-modern remake" and will be powered by the Unreal3 engine. There will be a single-player and co-op modes, though it's not clear whether the cooperative play will be local or online. While the game will only be available via download, Team 17 has not yet confirmed what platforms it will be released on.

Discussion

51 comments
jamyskis
jamyskis

Only download? Well, that's killed it for me then. I was a huge fan of the Alien Breed games in the 90s. If the remake had been retail and disc-based, I would have bought it...

fishnpeas1
fishnpeas1

Blade8Aus if it has split screen coop and a decent length or at least excellent replay value i will definiatly buy it (split screen is the only reason to play console shooters imo _____________________________________________________________ Ahh the joys of youth... Clearly not old enough to remember the sheer quality of AB - you both shared the same screen and had to stick close - the screen only followed the red player as I remember.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

How about reviving it in 1st or 3rd person. I'm tired of re-developed games in traditional styles. This game would succeed much better with the above proposal.

Blade8Aus
Blade8Aus

if it has split screen coop and a decent length or at least excellent replay value i will definiatly buy it (split screen is the only reason to play console shooters imo)

ngnikolaos312
ngnikolaos312

Psygnosis? What, are you trying to pull a "Shadow Of The Beast" remake on me thenephariouson? If so, I'm sold. I'm also one of those poor 30-year old souls who grew with Amiga games, and Psygnosis was one of my faves. The Turrican series was also a big spot in my heart back then. Pity that Rainbow Arts never gave Factor 5 the rights to make Turrican games. Not that it matters now that they're bankrupt...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Imagine, Ocean, System 3, Melbourne House, Durell, Vortex, Elite, Psygnosis, Rainbird: Bring em all back! (ahhhh...... if only : )

-mahajinx-
-mahajinx-

Team 17 used to be one of those jewels in the game scene back in the golden days of Amiga, that used to churn out hit game after hit game. I used to own all of their games (still own the soundtracks, recorded on tape from within the games), and I loved them unconditionally. And then they made Worms. And it was a great game. And I loved them even more. And then they made Worms 2, which was even better. And then there were more Worms, and more, and some MORE! And then, after 100 or so sequels, I got bored by it all and was like, 'C'mon, people, make something NEEEWWW!' (it was a bit diminishing for a game giant such as themselves to develop a single game over and over again for 15 years!). And then they made a new game. And I regreted my wish. For it was none other than that god-awful dung of a game, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust. I was honestly shocked when I saw it in those 'legal' movies before the game. It said 'Developed by Team 17'. I really couldn't believe it! Well, I couldn't believe TWO things, really - first, that they FINALLY made something other than Worms, and second, that they made THAT game! Let's just hope it was a misfortunate fluke, rather than their 'best shot' (let's face it, this Team 17 is no longer the same company that we used to love and cherish 2 decades ago), and that they'll 'clean up their act' with this new Alien Breed Evolution game...

technobeard
technobeard

wow, this game was awesome. Anyone know when this will be available for download. Seriously looking forward to this, more so thanany standard disc release cowalsky, Speedball II is already available for download on aracade through X Box live ;)

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Cannon Fodder : Level 'Eton Rifles' drove me crazy : ) what a brilliant game!

maxmaullu
maxmaullu

C00L! I want CANNON FODDER, now!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

The imagination of todays developers is simply not as rich as the devs back in the days of the Amiga / Atari ST. Im just getting tired of Generic FPS after Generic FPS. Although i do think that some devs are finally realising this with games like Shadow Complex, etc and the influx of 'Retro games' which kind of reinforces the point that they are running short on ideas. My opinion obviously.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Nice to see some Amiga fans left. Wow, Carrier Command and Starglider 2...we are going back in time :) Fond memories, thank you everyone; you reminded me of why I play video games.

mightycloud
mightycloud

pilot_riaz, you just reminded me about Project X. That was even harder than Alien Breed, but god damn I couldn't stop trying :-) Hope they do a remake of it at some point, and hopefully Assassin too.

coffeedaman
coffeedaman

Amiga was/is the best home computer EVER!!!!! alien breed is a great game, looking forward to this, in the mean time download WINUAE and relive your memories.

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

Loved this when i was younger, i had Alien Breed : Tower Assault for the CD32, never did finish it! damn tough. I hope they would include the original game in there somewhere too As with pilot_riaz I would like to see Project X remade but also Superfrog, one of the best platform games on the Amiga. Not sure why people are mentioning Bitmap brother games, doubt Team 17 can remake those :/ in general though i always want to see more Amiga games remade, my dying wish is for Super Skidmarks to be done :D

pilot_riaz
pilot_riaz

Remember Project X by Team 17 on the Amiga? That was an awesome side scrolling spaceship game. During development they said they were going to push the Amiga to it's limits and they clearly did. Glad Team 17 are still around, decent developers.

warriorsq
warriorsq

I got my Amiga when they first come out. To me, that period was the golden age of games. Really looking forward to this

Vadar07
Vadar07

OMG ! Team17 still around. This is awesome as said many times before this was my old time favorite game on the Amiga. Its about time it was released in all its all time glory again. Can't wait and will certainly be downloading this to play. We need more Games Team17 come on remake Chaos Engine also.

auysal
auysal

This game was hard as hell. "Player 1 requires first aid!"

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Alien Breed looked great on the Amiga and these new screens look fantastic for download content.

mightycloud
mightycloud

Whoo hoo! one of the best (and hardest) games on the amiga coming back. I'll be first in line for this, with my brothers right behind me. Hope the co-op is online, maybe even a multi-player option would be cool addition. Anyone know the release date?

Tee-3
Tee-3

Um a flamethrower with an attached grenade/RPG launcher? :P

kegmiester
kegmiester

Thats great news! Look forward to seeing more of it.

MWoods8
MWoods8

This used up a LOT of time on my Amiga! Would love to replay an updated version......nice one, chaps!! Cheers, Mark (UK).

snake289
snake289

The original was awesome,Can't wait!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Exellent! although im still waiting for a remake of Carrier Command and Star Glider 2, well hoping anyway : )

Trashcan_Man
Trashcan_Man

This is what that awful Alien Syndrome sequel should have been.

Eltanan23
Eltanan23

Yes! We need more amiga game remakes! Now if only Psygnosis would reunite and re-release Shadow of the Beast... Then I could die happy.

bojan_sokol
bojan_sokol

Original was very good game, but it was damn hard

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

Hmmm. Never heard of this particular title. Maybe when it gets released again i'll check it out. Looks interesting.

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

Loving the classic remakes. Anyone remember Loaded and Project Overkill for the original playstation, wish they would get the makeover treatment, loved those games.

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

Hm, hadn't heard anything about alien breed before. i was a little young in '91. sounds cool but i'll wait for a review to decide

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

About time they did Alien Breed. Great News! @ sharkbiscuit79 - You do know Chaos Engine & Speedball 2 were done by the Bitmap Brothers, right?

zebratan
zebratan

The original Alien Breed games was seriously cool, I hope they do them justice

sharkbiscuit79
sharkbiscuit79

at long last one of my many wishes has come true, Chaos Engine next????PLEASE. As for people wanting worms number 2 has just been released on live arcade

touchdownbundy
touchdownbundy

i love worms 2 armageddon but they can top this !!! make a better worms for us all with new elements but 2d !

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

i still want a really good worms game.

TheClown24
TheClown24

gotta love team 17, although they did make "Leisure Suit Larry - Box office bust" which is an appauling game

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

team 17 always does good so i cant see this being bad worms rules btw

cowalsky
cowalsky

The original Alien Breed was one of my favorite Amiga games. Next up: Speedball 2 and Chaos Engine??????

NuKkU
NuKkU

never heard of the game but i might check it out if the trailers look good

bliss0000
bliss0000

ooooh. I wonder if it will be as hard as the original.