While earlier this year Alien fans had the rather divisive Prometheus to look forward to (but that was one hell of a trailer, wasn't it?), the folks at Gearbox and Sega have been cooking them up what is apparently a canonical sequel to James Cameron's tour de force Aliens. While most fans would like to pretend that Alien 3 (and every Alien movie thereafter) never happened, the events of the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines take place shortly after the events of the unfortunate threequel, and seventeen weeks - a sly homage to one of the series' great lines - after the destruction of Hadley's Hope, the human colony on LV-426, as told in Aliens.
In response to the thermonuclear explosion and loss of the Sulaco, the ship that carried Ripley and company, crews of Colonial Marines and of evil corporation Weyland-Yutani's private army are sent to the abandoned ship, the ravaged ruins of Hadley's Hope (which somehow weren't immolated in the nuclear "cloud of vapour the size of Nebraska" which destroyed the air processing station at the end of Aliens), all of which are re-created with care to ensure that they closely resemble the events of the film. Lance Henriksen, who played the android Bishop, and Michael Biehn (Corporal Hicks) are both lending their voices to the game, which is curious considering that both were
criminally written off in Alien 3. The game also includes designs by Syd Mead, who did the original interior designs for Aliens, and the creators collaborated with Ridley Scott early in the game's development to ensure that the story aligned with the events of Prometheus - a rather unsubtle hint that the events of Colonial Marines return to the derelict engineer ship from Alien, and Aliens' deleted intro scenes.
Read on, after the jump.
The game, which can be played solo or co-op throughout, is reportedly as much about tension-building as it is about shooting things, with lengthy stretches of investigating the carnage from the films and preparing for the worst punctuating the action. Players will have to fight against hordes of aliens as well as the Weyland-Yutani troops who, given the series' predilection toward sinister corporate conspiracy, are likely after collecting the aliens for their bioweapons division.
And though the game will star a male character, at least one female character will also be playable in the main campaign. Gearbox claims that was the plan all along, contrary to earlier reports that there wouldn't be any women in the game
Multiplayer, meanwhile, will allow for characters to play as Colonial Marines or aliens - no surprise there. Players will be able to play online or in split-screen, and will have to work together as marines in first-person view, or in third-person as aliens picking off panicky humans. Word is Aliens: Colonial Marines' multiplayer distinguishes itself nicely from other FPS multiplayers out there.
Oh, and this bitch is in the game:
Aliens: Colonial Marines will be released for PS3, the 360, and Wii U starting February 2013.