Aliens: Colonial Marines Delayed Until 2013

Gearbox head honcho Randy Pitchford has finally nailed down the release date for Sega's upcoming Aliens-based FPS, but it won't be this year as previously hoped. Both Gearbox and Sega have decided to push the worldwide release date back yet again to February 12, 2013.

Aliens: Colonial Marines was officially announced back in 2008. The game seemingly disappeared after that, likely put on the backburner so that the studio could piece together Duke Nukem Forever and publish a completed product. The Aliens-themed FPS eventually came back into the spotlight and was given a Spring 2012 release date, then a Fall 2012 release date.

Now 2012 isn't even on the radar.

"We've always prioritized the goals we had for the game over any particular launch window," Pitchford writes in a Sega blog here. "The game's development has been invigorating and natural relative to our experience making games and the objectives for it. Because the game was 'announced' with that original press release, it might feel, to those of you who have been waiting for the game since then, that it has been in development a long time.

"In fact, with the release date now set, it turns out that the total development time we have spent creating Aliens: Colonial Marines is about the same length of time as we had spent creating the original Borderlands or the original Brothers in Arms - both games that we had waited to announce until we were much farther along in the development process."

To cool off the engines of disappointed fans, Sega and Gearbox have released a new "Suspense" trailer which can be seen below, but be sure to read the entire blog for a more in-depth reason for the delay. Aliens: Colonial Marines is slated for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC when the game arrives in February.

  • memadmax
    As a cereal die hard Aliens fan, I was actually disappointed by the storyline of the game.
    The game takes place in Hadleys' Hope, a place that got nuked by the processing plant and turned into a vapor cloud the size of nebraska...

    Then the Sulaco.......

    The Sulaco is over by Fury 161... it's prolly sitting there orbiting the planet still or autopiloted back to gateway station.... it's place in the game is cereal wrong...


    A better plot would've been an Alien egg somehow magically got planted on The Betty in Alien Resurrection... Thereby releasing the Aliens on Earth when they landed on Earth at the end of the movie... Reaking havoc, creating armies of aliens, etc etc
  • alyoshka
    Graphics looks cool though.
  • For an upcoming game the graphics in my eyes are substandard.
  • bobusboy
    LArsieFor an upcoming game the graphics in my eyes are substandard.
    And what Xbox games looks better than that?

    Everyone knows that because it's multi platform the graphics are going to be nerfed.

    I would be very happy if there was a burly graphics edition released via patches or better yet with the initial release for PC players so that we could enjoy the glory of PC gaming in stead of a console port.
  • mobrocket
    LArsieFor an upcoming game the graphics in my eyes are substandard.
    gameplay > graphics

    see minecraft
  • belardo
    The Graphics are sooooo 2006.
  • athlondude
    Hmmm......Well I have seen far worse graphics in recent games, not to mention it uses the Unreal 3 engine which will run like a bat outta hell so I am not too worried about that. In fact I have to say that the graphics look far better than those of the last AVP game. The Story will be.....interesting to see how they pull it off. It almost seems to me that they may be writing this story with the mindset that Alien 3 and Alien Rez never happened. The whole nuked thing....yeah that does present a problem becausethey said it would take 17 days for a rescue? I dont know how all that lethal radiation is gonna clear out by then, but it will be interesting to see how they get around that.

    With all that in mind, I'm really not too concerned about any of the inconsistencies because bottom line I am a huge Aliens fan, and I sure as hell aint gonna pass up an opportunity to KIA some acid filled xenos while tromping around the halls of Hadley's Hope.
  • halcyon
    I'm a die-hard Aliens fan too...I've always been. When the first movie came out I was 10 and my folks took me to see it (that may have been bad parenting). It scared me so bad I got out of my seat and hid behind the seat in front of me. I worked hard back then to overcome that fear...god bless Ridley Scott. The Aliens franchise has been my favorite all my life since then and I eagerly await this new game and anything else related to the best sci-fi horror ever conceived.
  • bin1127
    Why do they keep sending marines to fight the aliens? Just let them be. They haven't learned to drive a space ship so they aren't coming to visit earth anytime soon.
  • airborne11b
    I'm a huge Alien fan myself, and personally sick of the AVP nonsense in both movies / games. I'm glad that Aliens is getting a new game all for itself.

    As for graphics, they could be much worst (See every blizzard game ever made). As a PC gamer I've come to understand that game mechanics / graphics are getting their standards destroyed due to making console portable games. Every once in a while you get a nice game like Crysis or BF3 or CoH or Tera, where they make a game with graphics far beyond that of consoles, but I've learned that 90% or more are going to be dumbed down console ports. Best you can hope for is decent gameplay and "acceptable" graphics.

    As for plot (Game isn't out yet, for all you know the game takes place in areas that look similar to the movies but are not the same exact areas, play the game before you judge the plot)