Aliens: Colonial Marines, A ‘True Sequel To James Cameron’s Classic Aliens’, Out In 2012

Aliens: Colonial Marines, A ‘True Sequel To James Cameron’s Classic Aliens’, Out In 2012

The long-in-the-making first-person shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines is still alive and coming out in the spring of 2012, according to a chest-beatingbursting announcement from the movie studio behind Aliens, the publisher of Sonic the Hedgehog and the creators of the award-winning game Borderlands.

The unlikely trio of 20th Century Fox, Sega and development studio Borderlands will be making what they’re calling a “true sequel to James Camerson’s classic Aliens“. Either that’s a shot at David Fincher’s controversial Alien 3 or it’s simply a verification of what the game’s new teaser trailer shows the game to be: a direct storyline-sequel to Cameron’s Aliens movie.

In the game’s new trailer, which you can see here, unseen men, presumably colonial marines, are discussing the U.S.S. Sulaco, the military ship that transported Sigourney Weaver’s Aliens heroine, Ellen Ripley, and a group of Marines to LV-426, the planet on which most of Cameron’s movie takes place. On that planet, Ripley and a rapidly-dwindling team of human fighters fought the Aliens before struggling back to the Sulaco. In the trailer, the male voices refer to Ripley as having checked herself back into cry-sleep. They also refer to Paul Reiser’s Carter Burke deceased character and the ripped-in-two artificial person Bishop. The men decide to go to the Sulaco, but there’s no indication if Ripley, Bishop, or any of the other few survivors of Cameron’s movie make it into the game.

The Aliens Colonial Marines game is set to be a first-person shooter that supports up to four players proceeding through its storyline together. The new press release for the game says players will be able to drop “in and out as necessary through self-contained missions within an over-arching narrative.”

Players will be able to upgrade and customise their characters, gaining new weapons and perks. The game’s levels will be set across “authentic environments inspired by the film series including Hadley’s Hope, the Sulaco and LV-426.”

Here’s the official plot summary:

Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe.

We’ll be seeing the game at E3 and meeting with Borderlands chief Randy Pitchford whose team is also getting Duke Nukem Forever out this month.

Look for Colonial Marines on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in autumn 2012.


  • My reaction to the trailer: They’re still using IPv4 hundreds of years in the future?

    • Also, Hadley’s Hope was consumed in the explosion resulting from the meltdown of the Atmospheric Processor – so why is it still there?

      • Exactly what I was thinking.. Hadley’s Hope and all surrounding areas were completely nuked, have they completely rejected that part of the movie?

        Did they even watch it? Gee whiz.. it’s not looking good

      • Well, since Vasquez and Drake fired M56 Smart guns right near the primary cooling towers and still didn’t cause an explosion, it’s probably feasible that the damage to Hadley’s Hope was mostly superficial.

          • Hey, it might end up being cool. Gearbox have delivered strong squad-based shooters in the past, and besides – being a USCM is bad assed!

        • Ten megaton explosion with a blast radius of thirty kilometers? I don’t think it survived. Especially since evidence points to it being within 20km of the Atmospheric Processor (as Hudson was able to detect the colonist’s implanted personal data trackers from Hadley’s Hope, which only have a range of twenty kilometers).[/Aliens nerd]

          The danger of Vasquez, Drake and co. firing their smart guns/pulse rifles wasn’t triggering an immediate explosion but rather damaging the cooling systems, which will trigger a thermonuclear explosion in the long run.

          • I understand how Ripley, Burke & that asshole Gorman were filling their pantaloons over being wiped off the map by that explosion but Hicks said it himself: Nuke the site from orbit is the only way to be sure. Can’t be 100% sure.

            The real question here: Is Wierzbowski still alive?

          • If he is then he’s being cocooned by now, just like the others.

            There was a pretty cool deleted scene on the BluRay (not sure if it was on the DVD too) of Ripley finding a cocooned but still-alive Burke while she was searching for Newt at the end. Didn’t really add anything to the movie, but was still cool 🙂

        • Yeah, that big nuclear blast at the end probably just peeled a bit of the paint off the outside 😛

          And as for the U.S.S. Sulaco, didn’t the survivors LEAVE the planet on that at the end? Wasn’t that the ship which they blasted the queen out through the airlock of at the end? Then they got in their freezer things and flew away, to crash on that prison planet at the start of Alien 3? So how can it be floating abandoned in orbit around LV-426? How the hell did Ripley and the others leave if the ship is still there? Did they hitchhike or something?

          • The Sulaco was indeed the ship that was used by Riply, Newt, and Hicks as a ‘getaway’ vehicle. They entered Cryotubes and somewhere along the way at least one (maybe two, I can’t remember…) Alien eggs which were on board with them hatched and caused the ship to jettison the section that their Cryotubes and the egg were located.

            So technically just that portion of the Sulaco crashed onto the prison planet…. and *feasably* the Sulaco could have *possibly* somehow found its way back into orbit around LV-426… But yeah, that part seems pretty iffy to me 😛

            Maybe the Xenomorphs got all ‘Raptor’ and learned how to open doors and flush toilets and then flew the ship back to LV-426? lol

  • Hmmm, there seems to be a lot of news about this game. Like trying to convince the world it actually exists or something…

  • Who cares! I Just want to play a good ALIENS Game. Been waiting years for one that was actually worth it.

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