Fallout Dev Reveals New Information On Sega's Canceled Aliens: Crucible Game
"There were a lot of cool ideas in the works, but you don't ship ideas."
The 2000s had plenty of games set in the Aliens universe, but one project that never saw the light of day was Aliens: Crucible which Obsidian game designer Josh Sawyer was developing for Sega back in 2006.
Responding to a tweet asking video game developers about their "one that got away" projects, Sawyer revealed concept art for the game, an action-RPG that contained a "lot of cool ideas" but was ultimately shelved by Sega so that Obsidian could work on Alpha Protocol. It was only in 2009 when Sega confirmed that Aliens: Crucible had been canceled.
"There were a lot of cool ideas in the works, but you don't ship ideas," Sawyer tweeted. "The biggest lesson I learned from the experience is that if you don't have playable levels, you don't have much of a game--there are some exceptions, of course. The closest Aliens game that could be compared to Crucible according to Sawyer, is Aliens: Fireteam.
According to the developer, the Cold Iron Studios-developed game has a similar setup to what he envisioned for Crucible, and he was glad to see Fireteam Elite released. "I was happy to play Aliens: Fireteam Elite because the overall setup was similar,” Sawyer said. "Small team, third-person, with an emphasis on deployables and support actions. The similarities ended there, but it was nice to see the idea could actually be fun in practice."
I got to work on an Aliens RPG for SEGA from 2006-2009. Obsidian didn't have directors at that time, just leads who were all considered peers. It resulted in a lot of dysfunction when the leads didn't agree on how to do something. https://t.co/Zz6jRqYkD7 pic.twitter.com/JoxW5V3424— Josh Sawyer (@jesawyer) April 16, 2023
Progress on the game was very slow, especially when it came to creating workable game levels. We had another game in development with SEGA at the time, Alpha Protocol, and SEGA (understandably, IMO) shelved Aliens in favor of AP.— Josh Sawyer (@jesawyer) April 16, 2023
I was happy to play Aliens: Fireteam Elite because the overall setup was similar: small team, 3rd person, with an emphasis on deployables and support actions. The similarities ended there, but it was nice to see the idea could actually be fun in practice. RIP, squad. pic.twitter.com/zmVWsX0RKu— Josh Sawyer (@jesawyer) April 16, 2023
While Aliens: Crucible is a fascinating story of a game that almost was, there's still plenty to look forward to if you're a fan of nightmare-fuel monsters with the most disturbing breeding method possible in fiction. Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a solid action game that has received several big updates since it launched in 2021, and on June 20, you can experience real-time tactical action against the Xenomorph hordes in Aliens: Dark Descent.
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