In 2014 when Alien: Isolation was released, I couldn’t contain my excitement. However, as a big fan of the Alien universe, I was left a little disappointed as the game didn’t fully live up to the franchise name, falling flat in the last third of the experience, even though the rest was admittedly quite good. Now, it seems a new Alien game is in the works.
Note: Image above from the movie Alien: Covenant
The Alien universe is one that begs to be explored (and get slaughtered in by a Xenomorph) over and over again and I feel that there hasn’t been enough of it used in games. That’s where the new Alien game comes in. News broke last night that FoxNext Games have acquired Cold Iron Studios to work on an Alien shooter set in the Alien Anthology universe.
Over the years, Cold Iron Studios has built their team that include developers with great backgrounds, with industry veterans who worked on the likes of Bioshock: Infinite, DOOM, Borderlands and much more. That’s already a reason to get excited and with the backing of FoxNext Games, the next Alien Game could be huge.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, the FoxNext Games president, Aaron Loeb, talks about the Cold Iron Studios acquisition and the Alien title, stating that:
“Cold Iron adds a whole dimension of game development and play to our arsenal: long play-session MMOs targeted to PC and console gamers. The kinds of games Cold Iron develops will enable us to deeply explore the worlds of our franchises, starting with the Alien universe.” – Source
The CEO of Cold Iron Studios, Craig Zinkievich, also talks a little about the company’s acquisition and how his team feels about making an Alien game, dropping a bit of interesting information in the process:
“It’s Aliens! We’re all excited to be working on such a storied franchise. To explore areas of the universe that fans haven’t gotten to experience, to put a game in that setting, is incredible. Having the full force of the world-class creatives, producers and business team at Fox behind the project allows us to take our plans to the next level.” – Source
The part that jumps out here is that they will be exploring areas of the Alien universe that “fans haven’t gotten to experience” and my interest is piqued. If you’ve watched all the Alien movies and played the games, you would know that the franchise universe is shrouded in some mystery. Maybe, the game could revolve around something like a lost team that has stumbled upon a new discovery, or we could see players travel to different planets in the galaxy. That’s just guesswork, but I, for one, can’t wait to hear more about the game.
There is currently no release date or even a title for the Alien game, but we do know that the game will be coming to both PC and console.
Are you a fan of the Alien franchise and what do you think about the idea of a new project? Let us know in the comment section below.
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