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Posted by Brad
A brief post over on Obsidian Entertainment's official forums delivers the unsurprising but nonetheless disappointing news that the developer is no longer working on the Aliens role-playing game it was working on for Sega. Strife had been rumored in relation to the game's development for some time.

What could have been?

Obsidian's got Alpha Protocol and the next Fallout game, New Vegas, in the pipeline, so they ought to be fine as a studio for the moment, at least. But I was really looking forward to seeing a style of game set in the Aliens universe other than a first-person shooter. Sad news indeed.

Gearbox's shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines was recently confirmed to still be in production. We hit up Sega for comment on this development, so stay tuned. (NOTE: Our headline originally referred to the game as "canceled," though Obsidian's post doesn't actually address the general status of the project.)

UPDATE: OK, the game is in fact fully dead. Sega just issued the following statement.

At this point, SEGA has no plans to move forward with the Aliens RPG. The Aliens franchise offers us so much content to choose from that we feel it important to take a step back and carefully consider the type of game we want to release. We plan to continue working with the Aliens franchise and ask fans to be patient and stay tuned for more information about what SEGA has coming out for the Aliens series of games, starting with the upcoming Alien vs. Predator game.  We are very excited about and focused on Alien vs. Predator, which promises gamers a fantastic single player game and an equally compelling multiplayer experience. We are confident that it provides all the excitement and fun that the Aliens and Predator fans are looking for!

Posted by jakob187

NOOOOO!!!!  This saddens me greatly.  I mean...it's...it's ALIENS!  Why the FUCK is it that the Alien franchise is soooooo doomed in video games?

Hopefully, SOMEONE will make an RPG out of Alien, Aliens, or whatever.  Nonetheless, we've still got AvP to look forward to!
Edited by Chris2KLee

Doh. I'm with Brad, I would have loved to see a new take on the franchise that wasn't a shooter, but at least Obsidian still seems to have it's plate full. I wonder if we'll get more story on what happened or how far along the games was.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

I knew it was going to happen, so no big surprise. But definitely could've been an interesting game.

Posted by Pie

Why hadnt i heard of this before?

Posted by Out_On_Bail
@jakob187: Which AvP? That's all I have left to look forward to, will it be anything like the old one from years ago?
Posted by Jimbo

I'm starting to think this is just a running joke in the games industry. 

"Oh, we're working on an Alien Dating Sim"  *wink wink*

Posted by JJOR64

I completely forgot about this game.  :-P

Posted by McQuinn

Man I was kinda interested in this one.  Seemed like a weird take.

Posted by francesthemule

Dude, I didn't even know this existed till right now.

Posted by MrKlorox

Wasn't there some kinda Aliens or AVP RTS? Or do you not count AVP as Aliens?

Posted by insanejedi

Don't worry. Boss of Bosses is working on it.

Posted by FlappyHands

Aw, I'm pretty bummed about that.

Posted by Jayzilla

can't say that i am that sad about this. their work on KOTOR 2 was an unmitigated technical disaster. i would go through whole dialogue sequences where i couldn't even read the text on the screen but then had to answer the question. made for really disappointing game play. not to mention the fact that the ending was one of the worst in recent memory for a game.

Posted by The_A_Drain

For fucks sake, this is complete bullshit, first the DS game now this? For once why the fuck cant we get a movie franchise game that actually makes sense as a videogame?! What the fuck is wrong with developers/publishers?! SERIOUSLY?!?! This makes me so fucking angry it's unbelievable, so now, at best we will get a generic FPS game, well thats just fucking fantastic.

Fuck you whoeever is responsible, fuck you so much.

Posted by mracoon

I was always more excited for Alpha Protocol anyway and that's looking to be a great game so no biggie.

Posted by CrazyCraven

Could have been awesome!

Posted by ververdan0226

I thought this was already canceled...

But yeah, it could've been cool. I hope Alpha Protocol is good, it looks really promising.

Posted by Landmine

I had completely forgotten about this.

Posted by slyspider
@The_A_Drain: chill out. You sound like you shit your pants typing that...
Posted by Vod_Crack

Very unsurprising to be frank.

Posted by Reverseface

In a nutshell Sega was making too many Aliens games, market saturation = The weakest but most interesting/risky game DEAD.

Posted by AndrewB

By the title, I thought the game itself was finished, as in, completed and on shelves; not scrapped. I admit, I haven't been following this game's development at all.

Posted by RenegadeSaint
@AndrewB said:
" By the title, I thought the game itself was finished, as in, completed and on shelves; not scrapped. I admit, I haven't been following this game's development at all. "
Exactly my thoughts.
Posted by Arne

There is only one way to make a kickass Alien game. You need to play as a Marine, against aliens, without any race jumping and certainly no predators.

And there is only two developers who can do this justice, Visceral Games or ID software. 

Posted by Azteck

It wasn't that much of a surprise to be honest. The source material didn't seem very fitting for the sort of game they wanted to make out of if.

Posted by RHCPfan24

By the headline, I thought you meant it had "gone gold". That really surprised me. This...not so much.

Posted by Colin

aw :(

Posted by theMcNasty

Please be patient?  They need to get their shit figured out.

It almost seems like they announce these games to gain publicity for their other titles.  "Oh, didunt u hear?  We canceled Aliens RPG, but we have Alien vs. Predator! *cough*  Make sure to hotlink that title in the press release Mike."

Posted by GRiZZLYFiRE


Edited by MrKlorox

Damn... this is hurtful to RPGs in general. They're saying RPG is too niche a genre for Aliens to succeed in.

Posted by PercyChuggs

People still care about the Aliens license? Do those people live in a time vacuum where they only consume media from the 1980's?

Posted by Origina1Penguin

No big surprise there.

Posted by Linkyshinks

It's a disservice to the great film franchise how SEGA have used it. I'm glad Gearbox's game is still in the works, but this still does suck, and you have to blame SEGA. This game has so much potential, they should taken a risk with it.

Posted by Nomin

Obsidian could just use the same assets to continue developing on the game or just put it on a temporary hiatus while they wait for some party to acquire the Starship Troopers license for them.

Posted by lordofultima
@PercyChuggs: I'm just happy in my vacuum thank you very much. Aliens is one of the best movies ever.
Posted by Aaron_G

Don't care enough to even notice.

Posted by TomA

i just want the shooter

Posted by DavidSnakes

Fuck the game, I just watched Aliens, and it is hands-down the best action movie I've ever seen.  AMAZING

Posted by c1337us

Didnt know much about it to be honest, but I dont really see it as a game I would have been playing anyway.

Posted by Kyle

Because when I think Aliens, I think RPG.

Posted by chronicsmoke

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Well atleast we got aliens vs predator to look forward to

Posted by Slayeric

Shame. I at least wish we had some idea of what it was going to be/look like before it got canned.

Posted by The_A_Drain
@slyspider said:
"@The_A_Drain: chill out. You sound like you shit your pants typing that..."

The fuck does it matter to you? For your information this was about the only game on the horizon I gave a fuck about, I don't care about Gears 3, GOW 3, Halo ODST, MAss Effect 2, Assassins Creed 2, etc etc I don't care. I just wanted a decent Alien game and both of them were pulled with no good reason.

In addition to that it sends out a bad message to other studios regarding movie tie-ins, it sends out the message the decent ones aren't worth the money and that cheap shitty ones like hannah montanna on Wii are the way to go.

I'll fucking chill out when smartasses stop making assumptions about the state of my underpants.
Posted by ahoodedfigure

"Finished" could also mean completed.  These headlines can be misleading :P

Posted by JacobForrest
@ahoodedfigure said:
" "Finished" could also mean completed.  These headlines can be misleading :P "
Agreed. I clicked on the article thinking "What? New alien RPG?!" Then realized it meant canceled.
Posted by Andborn

I would rather EAT playdough than play an alien vs. predator RPG, a good RTS maybe, just maybe, but an in-depth RPG? Fuck that NOISE! Other than the original Alien being converted into a survival horror experience, the rest of the series only really lends itself well to FPS, or on a larger scale, RTS.  Which would be succinctly trumped my Starcraft 1 or 2. Nuff said.

Posted by Sarnecki

Meh.  I want Alien Vs Predator(3 I guess we'll call it) anyways.

Posted by Al3xand3r
@ahoodedfigure said:
" "Finished" could also mean completed.  These headlines can be misleading :P "
Yeah... Fraking hell.
Posted by Baal_Sagoth

Damn! I was really looking forward to what Obsidian could've made out of the franchise :(
And all Sega has to offer as a statement is "we still got these totally unrelated and most likely fucking generic FPS games, so don't worry....".  Even AvP isn't made by Monolith (who developed the good AvP game, imho). Of all the upcoming Alien games I only cared about this one - but whatever, only means more money saved for other games.

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