You know, if anyone was wondering what to get me for a present, SEGA and Gearbox Software announced today that Aliens: Colonial Marines now has an official release date of my birthday. And Abe Lincoln's. That's February 12, in case you didn't know your (allegedly gay) presidents!
"I am thrilled to announce the definitive launch date for Aliens: Colonial Marines," said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. "Aliens: Colonial Marines is the culmination of a life-time of inspiration from the films and relentless passion and drive from the exceptionally talented development team behind the scenes."
This also reminded me that I somehow never wrote up what I saw of the new Aliens game at PAX East! An odd game to let fall through the cracks, for sure! Basically, Aliens: Colonial Marines is positioned as a cannonical sequel to the movie, Aliens. I was told that if they do their job right, the game will somehow make the much-maligned Alien 3 a better movie. (Personally, I have a soft spot for the relentlessly grim third chapter in the Alien series... it was with four that it went off the rails for me) Heck, they even got master designer Syd Mead involved in the game's production to design new locations. They also used designs from the Sulaco that he'd created for Aliens that weren't used in the film.
What I saw of the FPS in the video presentation looked spectacular. The graphics were gorgeous. The action was tense, frenetic and non-stop. About the only thing I didn't really like was the voice actor for the main character. He was a little weak... and if he's the main character, that could be a problem.
But enjoy this brand new trailer as you wait until February 12, 2013 to play Aliens: Colonial Marines on your Xbox 360, PS3 or PC. (There's a Wii U version in the works as well, but its release date has yet to be determined.)