At E3 2011, we got a chance to see Aliens: Colonial Marines live and in person, with the developers at Gearbox at the helm. Here we are, one year later, and Sega has just announced the Aliens: Colonial Marines release date: February 12, 2013. For those of you taking notes at home, that’s a long time from now.
For the record, the Wii U version — which has been announced — does not yet have a release date.
The first-person shooter is considered the authentic addition to Aliens franchise canon, with single-player, cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes. Aliens: Colonial Marines lets players fight in first-person as the United States Colonial Marines, or in third person as the Xenomorphs (the aliens). Plunging into familiar and new environments from the iconic film franchise, players will have to fight the fear and face the true horrors of the Aliens universe.
Aliens: Colonial Marines will bring new levels of bone-chilling suspense and adrenaline-filled action to the renowned franchise. Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments, such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley’s Hope, weapons inspired by the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe.
Aliens: Colonial Marines will be available in stores across the globe on February 12, 2013 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. A release date for the Wii U version will be revealed at a later time.