Obsidian, Sega confirm Aliens RPG 'no longer in development'

Developer breaks silence, confirms all work has ceased on sci-fi film-inspired role-playing project; publisher says there are "no plans to move forward" with the game.


Last week, gaming fans of the 1986 film Aliens (see below) got some welcome news when Gearbox Software confirmed it is still developing Aliens: Colonial Marines. The game, which has been back-burnered so the Texas developer can focus on its original October release Borderlands, had been rumored to be canceled following the surprise announcement of Aliens vs. Predator.

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Another game that was rumored to be canceled was the unnamed Aliens role-playing game being developed by Obsidian Entertainment. Though the independent shop, formed in 2003 by former Fallout 2 developer Black Isle Studios, remained officially mum on the matter, GameSpot learned that work on the title had been indefinitely suspended in February. Though the game's forums remained active on the Obsidian site, subsequent reports from former staffers said the game had been canceled outright.

This afternoon, Obsidian made it official with a brief post from an administrator on the Aliens RPG forums. "Rumors have circled around a bit regarding the fate of the Aliens role playing game that Obsidian and Sega had been working on," read the post. "Unfortunately, it is true that we are no longer working on the game, and we wanted to finally announce that officially to everyone who has been following its development." The Aliens RPG forums will continue to operate another week before being dismantled entirely.

After weeks of promising that information would be forthcoming, Sega was quick to confirm the project's demise. "At this point, Sega has no plans to move forward with the Aliens RPG," a rep told GameSpot. "The Aliens franchise offers us so much content to choose from that we feel it important to take a step back and carefully consider the type of game we want to release. We plan to continue working with the Aliens franchise and ask fans to be patient and stay tuned for more information about what Sega has coming out for the Aliens series of games, starting with the upcoming Alien vs. Predator game."

Sega will still publish Obsidian's Bourne Identity-like espionage RPG Alpha Protocol, due out this fall on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The Irvine, California-based shop is also hard at work on Fallout: New Vegas, which will be published by Bethesda Softworks next year.

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*sniff* :(

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aww man.... =/

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I wish that they would make a individual new predator game where you could be a human or a predator. At least it would make people forget about that old one on the NES.

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In AVP you can play as Predator, Marine or Alien so in my opinion it is better to have one good game than two mediocre games.

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You guys are tards. The Alien RPG game was cancelled not Aliens: Colonial Marines or AVP. One out of the three. You tards were thinking there were 2 Aliens games coming out not 3?

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I'm sure this game would have it's advantages to be played as a marine and not an alien. Think Dead Space: you can't play as the zombies, but you still have a kick ass time playing it. Come to think of it, this game would be really, REALLY close to Dead Space... I'm sad this was canceled, but at least AvP is still a go.

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This sad news. Guess I'll more time to play AVP in Febuary!

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I don't actually care about Aliens: Colonial Marines being cancelled, because Alien VS Predator will just own it's ass. I mean, why play as a marine in the Aliens game, when you can play as an Alien, Predator AND Marine in AVP. Can't wait!

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sorry about that last comment, I forgot to mention that I was talking about ALIENS: Colonial Marines

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I am glad to hear this is still going to be released, we may need to wait a little more but who cares the games looks awesome

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and this aint a movie tie its just a fun first person shooter that i have been waiting for they should let you play as aliens too like a kind of left 4 dead thing but you spawn only if the queen is alive as a face hugger

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watch out for hace huggers people it wasnt the big black things that were scary it was the face huggers man all fast and small hiding any where then it rapes you i hope theres a game mode were the aliens get people too the hive and you have a time limit too go guns ablazing into hive fighting everything that moves before the eggs hatch

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1337 uber saddface

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As long as AvP and A:CM get released, I'm happy. Afterall, I never quite understood how an Aliens RPG could work...

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Thank god someone like CreatureRising is here to confirm what is and isn't true and not true. I'm glad his smug ass is here to share his all-knowing frat-tastic bro science.

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awwww =(

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@backatcha Yes Movie Games Suck But this was not i Repete NOT a Movie tie in It is just set in the Alien Universe.

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Well Game Over Man Aliens RPG. But I loved AVP2 I just cannot Wait for AVP to come out plus Aliens Col. Marines Looks like Superb Co-oP, Welding Doors just like Killing Floor

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Though from when I first heard of this I never understood what could even be possible with an Aliens RPG (judging from Obsidians style it would have been a traditional RPG style and not some hybrid), I'm still really disappointed about this. I'm not really so interested in Alpha Protocol, and I was hoping they would continue to solidify their name with established franchises. Alpha Protocol might be great, I dunno. It just doesn't immediately make me turn my head like an Aliens game did.

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aww bummer

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hehehe love all of ys guys ,fans of aliens all those lines.......jezzzz love that movie.........

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Well, it's more than enough with just Alien SHooter games.

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in case you didn't notice man we just got our ass's kicked.

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"Oh dear Lord Jesus, this ain't happening, man... This can't be happening, man! This isn't happening!"

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Good call on SEGA's part. I have a hard time seeing a group of Aliens 'treadmilling' with a lone space marine exchanging 'hit points'. I think SEGA should contact Capcom and create a Resident Evil style Aliens game. It could be a match made in hell.

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AVP as long as it has nothing to do with the films, I'm all for it :D

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please remember people... AVP is based on comic books.... not the oh so terrible films (which were loosely based on the comics, but didnt do them any justice whatsoever). some of the younger gamers out there will not remember the AVP games on the pc (which were and still are top class) and the atari jaguar (the only game worth owning on the system!). i also realise that sega have been a bit cack lately... but theyre just publishing... i got high hopes... this could be amazing.

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aaahhh.... the aliens arcade game was awesome! (not to be confused with aliens GUN.... which was cack) basically a side scrolling beat em up in the aliens universe! get mame and re-live.... i played it not so long back.... top drawer old skool action good theyre making a new AVP..... AVP2 on the pc was awesome.... hope they follow suit with this one.

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I can't beleive that people can still get excited about a game that has any connection to SEGA. It's a relic of the 90's.

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The shooter game of AvP looks interesting enough, I've never heard of this one before.

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Movie games generally suck anyways.

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Say it ain't so?!?!? Another game gets canned... Really?!?!? I would never had expected a game to ever get shelved like this. Show it! Hype it! Let down all the sheep who were waiting on this title. That's why I go into it with "Lowered Expectation." There is only one word I want to here when it comes to a game... "Gold!!!" When I read or hear an anouncement that a game has gone "Gold" that's when I go reserve it. Until I see that word the game doesn't exist. The title is null & void. The magic word(s) is not "Open Sez Me' or ' Voila!' " It's "GOLD" Baby!!! Don't pre-order jack from any store... Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Gamestop... until you see that word or this statement. Blanky-D-Blank has just went gold. Then you head to your local retail store & pre-order that bad booger. The last thing I want to do is pre-order a game, even for the paltry minimum of $5.00, only for the retailer to gain interest on their investment stocks from my hard earned money.

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game over man

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Nooooooo :(

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I was really looking forward to how they were going to put this together. Oh well might be for the best.

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Oh well, at least Colonial Marines is still on the cards. Let's hope they stick to the graphic novels bearing the same names. None of this lame "play as the xenomoprhs or predator" crap. I wanna be a weak vulnerable human!

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Well as long as they are making Alien vs Predator.

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-_- we RPG fans get screwed the most of any genre.

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I didn't know they were making a RPG. Well, I guess technically they're not.

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couldnt care less

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Too bad I love the Aliens franchise still at least colonial marines and AVP are still active projects

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I sorta knew this game would be canceled, such a shame.

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Its a shame, because the Aliens movie franchise would make for a great FPS game, although a lot of games already seem to resemble that ie. Doom, Halo, Quake,etc. @ CMakaCreative, I agree. I also think the Alien vs Predator game that was released on the Jaguar would make a nice download on Xbox Live or PSN, although I already have it on my Atari it would be nice to play it over live and get some achievements!

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Does anyone remember the Aliens arcade game. Why don't they throw that on Live or PSN. I never got to finish it.....not enough skills or quarters.

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I just saw Aliens for the first time yesterday. It was fantastic. Much better than the cruddy PG-13 CG-fest action movies of today (*cough* Transformers *cough*). Man, my generation got screwed over in the arts and entertainment department. With the exception of video games, of course.

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This is not good news, but at least Colonial Marines is still in development, which I think has more potential. I love RPG games and Aliens is one of my favorite movies of all time, but I can't really picture the combination of the two coming out great.......

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Well at least theres AvP by the original developers to look forward to so it's not a total loss. I'm glad to see that they know what is at stake here. So that being said, "All we need is a Deck of cards." Cpl Hicks

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I agree that the AvP movies are terrible, very very terrible. They take the original film's (Alien series and Predator movies) canon and decide to throw that in the incinerator and make up a whole new BS story. AvP: Requiem was so bad that I laughed through the whole thing, the best part was the magic goo and the sheriff who even at the end still had no idea what was going on, priceless acting right there, ROFL!