Aliens: Colonial Marines Back in the Picture

In a recent chat with MCV, Gearbox Software CEO and president Randy Pitchford said that he's spent most of his career borrowing ideas from the Aliens franchise.

But with Aliens: Colonial Marines, there's no "stealing" or "borrowing" of ideas. He's full-on with the franchise, a dream come true perhaps, and he's quite possibly the happiest he's been in a long while. Why? Because he's once again knee deep in alien and human fodder.

"We have an Aliens game with Sega and 20th Century Fox which we're really excited about," he told MCV. "It’s the thing I've been stealing from all my career. Now I'm really working on it, but we've been quiet about that so far."

Although Aliens: Colonial Marines was slated for 2009, the game fell off the radar. Pitchford fell silent. Even the supposed Aliens-based RPG disappeared from sight. It seemed that Sega was waiting on the success of Rebellion's Aliens vs. Predator, putting all projects on hold until the numbers defined consumer interest. Now that the game has taken off, proving that the Aliens franchise still has some gamer ass to kick, Pitchford is coming forward with a hint that the Colonial Marines aren't dead.

So why the hush? "Borderlands took over Gearbox,” he added. “We had so much fun working on that and when we finished we wanted to carry on. And the DLC – we've launched two so far and there’s a third to come which take us to a new level in every way.”

Aliens: Colonial Marines is scheduled to hit the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS sometime in 2010... for now.

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  • rippleyhakd
    LETS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Gigahertz20
    I've been playing the new AVP game that just came out a few weeks ago, it's fun but it could have been alot better. One huge negative is the game crashes on alot of peoples computers, especially if you don't run it from Steam in DX9 mode only. The first time I launched it from Steam, I chose the regular launch option and within 15 mins of playing my computer blue screened for the first time since I've installed Windows 7 several months ago. That is unacceptable for a final release game, no wonder people stick to the console for games, you don't have to configure anything to get the game to run.

    Negatives I've seen so far:

    -The single player campaigns are pretty short
    -There is no Predator net like the 2nd Predator movie had
    -The marine flame thrower is useless in multiplayer
    -The Alien is useless against the Predator 1 on 1, Predator can just throw the disc constantly and run away
    -Predator disc might be a little overpowered
    -Voice communication in game is echoey and stutters
    -No dedicated servers yet, if the person hosting the game leaves it kicks everybody
    -You can't spit acid as the Alien in multiplayer
    -You can't mute voice spammers in multiplayer, so if somebody wants to be an ass they can and you can't mute them


    The game is still fun to play
  • rippleyhakd
    Game Over man..