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SEGA’s Aliens FPS due this year

SEGA has confirmed that their Aliens first-person shooter will be with us later this year. Entitled Aliens: Colonial Marines, it is being developed by Gearbox Software – known for the Brothers in Arms series – for the 360, PS3 and PC, and you will play a marine as part of a team despatched the Sulaco to find out what the Hell happened after the events in the movie Aliens.

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“Give us a kiss”

If this all sounds very familiar then don’t worry; you’re not going mad. The exact same game was being developed by EA about seven years ago for a PS2 release, and looking very promising indeed. For some reason it was cancelled, and they made the fairly crappy Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction instead. How kind.

Gearbox have considerable pedigree as a FPS developer (having worked on a huge number of FPS, including Halo PC and Half Life PS2), and as long as they are given enough time there’s no reason why this can’t be an excellent title – luckily there’s no specific movie to tie in with. If it’s anywhere near as good as Aliens vs. Predator 2 we’ll be first in line. They are currently also working on Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway (see our preview) for Ubisoft, and Borderlands, an open-ended action/vehicle title to be published by 2K Games. Furthermore, as part of SEGA’s agreement with 20th Century Fox, Obsidian Entertainment will be bringing us an Aliens RPG. No release date has been confirmed as yet and quite how the franchise might work as an RPG remains to be seen, but we will bring you more news as it comes in.

On a personal note, I hope they add the capacity to issue on-the-fly commands and shout phrases, including ‘Stay frosty’, ‘Check those corners’ and of course, ‘Game over man, game over’.

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