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Sega's Asked Yet Another Studio to Develop an Alien Video Game

The last Creative Assembly action game wasn't so hot, but it's a new team. God speed.

With Ridley Scott returning to the Alien universe with the is-it-or-isn't-it-an-Alien-prequel Prometheus, it's not surprise Sega is ramping up its efforts to capitalize on the license, too.

Work reportedly continues on Gearbox Software's squad-based Aliens: Colonial Marines, while Creative Assembly--yes, the Total War dudes--are separately working on an Alien game, Sega revealed today.

The news broke when UK government minister for communication, culture and the creative industries Ed Vaizey send a tweet out about visiting Creative Assembly and seeing the game. That's not exactly traditional rumor territory, so Sega's hand was forced.

Sega then confirmed the game to CVG.

== TEASER == Creative Assembly is best known for strategy games, but with Sega making direct comparisons to the Dead Space franchise, an action game seems likely. Creative Assembly isn't completely foreign to the genre, having worked on Viking: Battle for Asgard. That one was not exactly well received, however.

It's clear the Alien game is a big deal for the studio. Creative Assembly's website has already been updated to reflect development on the Alien project and disclosing this is a brand-new division. "New team," reads the hiring call-to-arms on the company's website. "New console project. Alien IP. Now hiring."

Also, hey, Prometheus better not suck.

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Posted by patrickklepek

With Ridley Scott returning to the Alien universe with the is-it-or-isn't-it-an-Alien-prequel Prometheus, it's not surprise Sega is ramping up its efforts to capitalize on the license, too.

Work reportedly continues on Gearbox Software's squad-based Aliens: Colonial Marines, while Creative Assembly--yes, the Total War dudes--are separately working on an Alien game, Sega revealed today.

The news broke when UK government minister for communication, culture and the creative industries Ed Vaizey send a tweet out about visiting Creative Assembly and seeing the game. That's not exactly traditional rumor territory, so Sega's hand was forced.

Sega then confirmed the game to CVG.

== TEASER == Creative Assembly is best known for strategy games, but with Sega making direct comparisons to the Dead Space franchise, an action game seems likely. Creative Assembly isn't completely foreign to the genre, having worked on Viking: Battle for Asgard. That one was not exactly well received, however.

It's clear the Alien game is a big deal for the studio. Creative Assembly's website has already been updated to reflect development on the Alien project and disclosing this is a brand-new division. "New team," reads the hiring call-to-arms on the company's website. "New console project. Alien IP. Now hiring."

Also, hey, Prometheus better not suck.

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Posted by Crono11

I'm going to be hopeful and be optimistic about this. 

Posted by 49th

Ok

Posted by shintsurugi

That's a lot of Alien for Sega...

Posted by Chris2KLee

Gotta juice that license for as long as you have it. Wish they would take another shot at the RPG, but that ship has sailed forever I guess.

Posted by Heltom92

Super.

Posted by Robopengy

*sent out a tweet? :P

Edited by VicRattlehead

isnt  Prometheus its own thing now... i remember an article on screened stating it was no longer an alien prequel 

Posted by Commisar123

please oh please, please be good

Posted by Kyreo

Alien Madness!

Posted by xyzygy

Dead Space mixed with Alien sounds like it could be an excellent game. PLEASE BE EXCELLENT

Posted by MattBodega

Sega has a long history of forcing the Creative Assembly to develop games outside their RTS wheelhouse. Perhaps you remember that PS2 game Spartan: Total Warrior?

Posted by LordXavierBritish

The fun part about Alien was that it created such an oppressive, isolated atmosphere.


I doubt they will replicate that.
Posted by babblinmule

Jesus, I never realised before, but apparently I live about 10 miles from where Creative Assembly is located!

Posted by XenoNick

This could be awesome. Staying hopeful.

Posted by MeatSim

Creative Assembly should stick to strategy games.

Posted by Jimbo

Ha, Ed Vaizey MP has no respect for your embargos.  At least he didn't say it looked shitty I suppose.

Posted by dvorak

I'm extremely excited for the prospects of Prometheus. Ridley Scott has quite an opportunity for an Avatar-like outpour of buildup. Let's just hope it's a better sci-fi film.

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Total War developer making an Alien game... What in blazes...?

Posted by Sarnecki

Honestly in the current market  it seems like a Dead Space action heavy approach really is the only way to approach this thing.  But I would prefer a game that's smaller, more focused on maximizing tension, exploration and atmosphere than action thrills, ie Amnesia The Dark Descent or a game like Myst.  The Aliens shooter experience is so over saturated in todays market that I think we could do with an Alien game that's more of the first movie experience, less of the adrenaline filled Cameron sequel.

Posted by PKHilson

ALIENS!!!

Posted by EuanDewar

So, can Matt Rorie talk about Aliens RPG yet?

Posted by Xdsk

Please be a decent aliens game, im sick of this franchise being butchered by shoddy game releases. More tension less balls to the wall gung-ho action!

Posted by Olivaw

It's Ridley Scott. Prometheus won't suck.

Posted by Sarnecki

Clearly you haven't been following Ridley Scott's recent output.

Posted by Cereal_Killa
@Olivaw: *points at Robin Hood*
Posted by prestonhedges

Eh, Robin Hood wasn't that terrible... as a sequel to Gladiator.

Edited by GetEveryone

As far as can be ascertained, Prometheus is set in the Alien universe, and it is a prequel... or sorts. 

Talk is that the script has wildly diverged from the original idea and gone in a different tangent, now set to be told in two parts, with the meat of the original treatment being used as a frame for the first film, Prometheus; a kicking off point. All speculative, but hugely interesting at any rate. 

Regardless, Aliens have been spotted on set, so my one 'stipulation' is already thoroughly covered. To what extent they'll appear, I do not care.

Colour me super-fucking-excited.

Edit: Oh, yeah! the game. Em, hope to hear more. Yeah, that'll suffice.

Posted by Sarnecki

Robin Hood was originally called Nottingham, and it was about the Sheriff tracking down this dangerous radical criminal named Robin Hood.  It was an interesting take on the legend and I guess they were forced to go a more routine route.  I only hope Prometheus has Ridley Scott with his heart in it as opposed to Robin Hood Scott.  Same goes for the game.

Posted by Castiel

Let sleeping dogs lie

Posted by NarcolepticBat

jesus patrick...how many of these can you crank out in a day?

Posted by JackSukeru

If someone made a good Alien game I would probably buy it. That's as far as I'll commit.

Posted by fox01313

I remember the Viking Battle for Asgard game being a bit average but not that bad of a game, just didn't quite grab me to want to keep playing it after diving into it one day.

Posted by Olivaw
@Cereal_Killa: *points at The Ladykillers as evidence that any director has his missteps*

*puts on sunglasses*

*revs motorcycle*
Posted by barkertron

On a bit of a tangent, I think AVP2:Requiem might just be the worst film I have ever seen. It is beyond garbage.

Posted by Cold_Wolven

Huh...maybe instead of Creative Assembly making an action game for the franchise they should stick to their strengths and make an overhead strategy game since that could be cool maybe.

Posted by StingerMK2
@barkertron said:
" On a bit of a tangent, I think AVP2:Requiem might just be the worst film I have ever seen. It is beyond garbage. "
haha, i actually prefered that to the first AvP film, i cant remember why now cos i havent seen either in a long time, but the first AvP was total complete garbage to me, whereas i sort of remember being mildly entertained by the sequel and its cheap b-movie style glory
Edited by Cereal_Killa
@Olivaw: True, i should have pointed to "A Good Year" and "Body Of Lies" as well... though mainly at "A Good Year" 

Also like to note That he's my favourite director but he's nowhere near faultless.
Posted by Xpgamer7

I hope it'll be good. I doubt it though.