Yesterday, Sega announced that it would be publishing games based on the universe of the Alien films. Today, the company revealed it will be releasing Alien Syndrome in 2007--a game about a heroine who takes on a dangerous race of outer-space inhabitants. However, though the similarities may be uncanny, this isn't the first game based on Alien or any of its sequels.
Alien Syndrome is instead based on the classic Sega arcade game, which later made appearances on home consoles in the late 1980s. The game will be released on the Wii and PlayStation Portable simultaneously in the summer of 2007. The action role-playing game is being developed by Totally Games, which also worked on the space-flight-combat X-Wing series for the PC.
Playing as Earth Command Trooper Aileen Harding, gamers will take on more than 100 different types of aliens and learn new abilities and skills as they progress. Aiding players in their cause are 20 different weapons, including quad-barreled lasers, nanobot swarms, and more conventional flamethrowers.
Accompanying Aileen is an indestructible robot that serves as both an ally in battle and a vendor from which she can buy items. The robot can also upgrade existing weapons and can upgrade itself with new abilities.
The PSP version will feature cooperative play for up to four players through the handheld's Wi-Fi capabilities.
For more information, read GameSpot's recent Q&A with Totally Games' president, Larry Holland.