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.