What's going on with Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U?

With 10 days left in release month of March, Sega and developer Demiurge decline to comment on status of licensed shooter.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U is officially due to release by the end of March, but publisher Sega and developer Demiurge are refusing to comment on the project's status. With just 10 days left in the month, the game--reportedly the best-looking version of all--appears to be in danger of missing its projected release window.

"We're still not commenting on [Aliens: Colonial Marines] at this point. Sorry, I don't have better news," a Sega representative told GameSpot.

"I'm sorry to say that we at Demiurge can't really comment," a representative from the Cambridge, Mass. developer added.

Though Gearbox Software is not directly involved with the development on Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U, CEO Randy Pitchford said last year that he sees the game "regularly." This would suggest the studio would have knowledge of how the game is progressing. However, Gearbox Software had not returned GameSpot's request for comment at press time.

If retailer listings are any indication, Aliens: Colonial Marines for the Wii U is still on, though placeholder dates vary from shop to shop. GameStop says the game will be out by December 31, while Target suggests the title has shifted to a launch by May 31.

Best Buy and GameFly have product pages for the game, though they do not feature prospective release dates.

Major online-only retailer Amazon does not list the game at all, while the official Nintendo product page for Aliens: Colonial Marines says it will release during the Wii U launch window, meaning sometime by March 31.

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."

The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of Aliens: Colonial Marines were blasted by critics at launch last month. GameSpot's review said the title 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."

The game's long and strained development was why it came up short with critics, according to sources. Since its original release last month, assisting developer TimeGate Studios laid off staff and Gearbox released a 4GB patch for the PC version that promised to improve the game's visuals.

Despite the game's low marks from critics, Aliens: Colonial Marines was the sixth-best-selling game of February in the United States, according to NPD data. Specifics sales figures were not divulged, though more copies were sold on Xbox 360 than PS3 and PC.

Discussion

190 comments
IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

I still like to entertain the thought that they're trying to make this back into the badass product it was to be. I am a naive bastard, but whatever.

enoslives7
enoslives7

SEGA, please kill this game off ASAP!!!! It is an embarrassment.

Dshenlong
Dshenlong

While the Wii U does need more third party support (I partially blame the laziness of developers because Nintendo really can't force developers to make games for their system), I think we can all agree this really won't hurt the system's sales xD. We need more quality games for the Wii U, not trash like this.

Triton
Triton

With the reviews of both the system and game, maybe it would be doing all of us a favor.

Crouteru
Crouteru

This could only be better on the Wii U if they dropped the existing game and started over. Just cancel the damn thing Sega.

Episode23
Episode23

whoever is giving money for this game after the mess surrounding it is shouting "PLEASE KEEP ON DOING EXACTLY WHAT YOU DO, INDUSTRY, I WON'T MIND, WILL GIVE MONEY ANYWAY" at the industry. you may say "no one is THAT dumb to still give money for the game". oh well.. look at the cattle.

AlexFili
AlexFili

I guess that means it's going to be delayed

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I love the fanboy comments.  So the worst game sense the launch of the Wii U is announced that it might not be released on the Wii U and is seen as evidence of the Wii Us failure.  I dont think the PS4 will sale poorly for crap reasons.  I think the PS4 will sale poorly because of games and mainly exclusives.  Almost every third party game on the PS4 has already been announced for either the Wii U or a last generation console.  I think the Wii U will win this generation based on Nintendo having the best first party franchises about and they are now willing to buy third party franchises to get exclusives like Bayonetta 2.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Maybe it's better that Wii U misses out on it.

linkyshinks
linkyshinks

Haha, I can only laugh at how shambolically this game was handled by both Sega and Gearbox. The best thing Sega could do is to pass on the license to someone who cares about it.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Just cancel it.  No one wants this crap.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

My brother picked it up on 360. I'm sure this is one game the Wii U should be glad not to have available for it. That is unless the Wii U version is significantly better. If it is, my brother said he'd be willing to buy it again. He is just that big an Aliens fan.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Could the Wii U get shafted any more so far this year?

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I am hoping they realize they need to improve a bunch of things that people didn't like in the PS3/360 version. They have a second chance with the Wii U release, as the platform is starved for games, and it boasts a unique feature in the gamepad.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

I bet they'll take some time to "fix" things and release a definitive version of the definitive version.

So then that means that the Wii U will be getting a port of it's own game, playable after it had already been out on the other consoles...can it get any more ironic?

superbuuman
superbuuman

It's cancel SEGA is just trying to let it die quietly..I doubt anyone would buy it on WiiU.

corte005
corte005

Only so many things you can do with shit

FarQall
FarQall

The game is a mess its like putting lipstick on a frog it wont make it pretty.

silverwings21
silverwings21

Release it on Dec 31, and in that time, fix all the problems with the game, like Alone In The Dark Inferno did on the PS3.

(Note to developers: Take out anything in the game that resembles Call Of Duty [linear levels, ADS, gun battles with humans, etc.]

hadlee73
hadlee73

There's a predator somewhere having a good laugh about this.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

just release it.. id like to see the wiiu pad used creatively in the game...and supposedly the graphics are slightly better..

as a wiiU owner..i'd buy it

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

Alien Colonial Marines Wii-U = Unreleased = definitive version

WllDan7
WllDan7

No will buy this knowing it sucks and they know the wii u does not have the greatest sells so they were trying to quietly cancel it but gamespot had to make this article. Now they will have to officially cancel it. Sega is just looking at you like why gamespot I thought we were cool. Any gearbox still coming out of this like some bastards that screwed us all. They tricked critics and gamers into thinking it would be good. They tricked sega into thinking they were making a cult classic, when they were just using the money to make borderlands 2 better. And they tricked wii u owners into thinking third parties cared. They don't.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

It was an utter disaster on every other console why would they spend more time and money marketing to an utter disaster of a console? 

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

"What's going on with Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U?"

More importantly, who gives a f**k!

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Unless it's a completely different game, I'm not buying it considering how poor the original release was.

youngzen69
youngzen69

Aliens Colonial Marines exist on the Wii U in a parallel universe not this one. In that universe the Wii U version is the best looking version on any console but the game still sucks. Lucky you

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

Anybody know if queuing_for_PS4 was on here? He was trolling another article earlier.

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

If this game sucked on the PS3 and 360 it might as well suck on the Wii U.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

@Dshenlong I agree. The Wii U needs more creative and genuine games that would take advantage of the systems features and capabilities.

96augment
96augment

@hatieshorrer I don't know about best first party franchises. That's a matter of opinion. But Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros., and Metroid are pretty good. It would be interesting to see the Wii U win this generation. Not impossible but interesting. PS4, that's just too early to say. 

samota
samota

@nintendoboy16 I think this should have just been a copy and paste, cross-console game than a game with EXTRA glitchy features for the Wii-U.

samota
samota

@Thanatos2k It's not crap. The game is fine. The Wii-U version is crap because the Wii-U is not a gaming console, it's a gimmicky entertainment device.

Legendary502
Legendary502

Yes I do. Speak for yourself, not everyone.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

@WingChopMasta because it outsold playstation all stars and sly cooper 4....thats why.

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@Mattyrock Yeah, if it was the same case with Resident Evil 6, I wouldn't buy it because of the reviews it got.

Dshenlong
Dshenlong

@Bl4KD37H  While some of the hardware in the Wii U is nice, I feel about it the way I do with my 3ds. The Wii U is what the Wii should have been from the start, just like the 3DS XL is what the 3DS should have been from the start. Nintendo needs to stop rushing things because they have the potential to be the best out of the 3 console makers, but keep messing things up for themselves.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Legendary502 You want to play a garbage game?  You want to not only play it, but PAY for it?  Why?

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@Bl4KD37H  

TBH, a game about toilet paper has the potential to be better than A:CM. At least it could be humorous.

corte005
corte005

@KBFloYd wtf ever, those sales are from pre-orders that people didn't cancel and were late to cancel when the reviews came in.

samota
samota

@Dshenlong @Bl4KD37H Nintendo is known for cutting corners to stay ahead in innovation. The Nintendo DS looked like crap when it first came out but it was the first to have touch screen capabilities for mainstream nintendo games. I don't like it but someone has to do it. And it's worked for them so far. You can always resell your early launch version of the console and buy the new version when it comes out.