“Come one, come all, step right up and take a whack at it.”
That seems to be SEGA’s motto when approaching the Alien franchise as of late. It seems everyone is working on a game set in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi universe. Rebellion just took a shot at it last year with Alien vs. Predator, while Gearbox President Randy Pitchford has been very vocal about his company currently working on a game called Aliens: Colonial Marines.
Well, add another Alien game to the pile, as development house Creative Assembly has announced they, too, have an Alien title in the works. In addition, CA is already swinging for the fences, saying their title is aiming to compete with the Red Dead Redemptions and Batman: Arkham Asylums of the gaming industry.
“One of our big questions marks was that we didn’t want to just make a game out of a film license – you know, just deliver the film and that’s about it,” said director Tim Heaton at a press event to announce the game. “We’re aiming for the Red Dead Redemptions, the Arkham Asylums; that’s absolutely where we want to be. We want to make a 90 percent game that’s easily communicable to people simply because it’s in that Alien world.”
Alien, as it’s being called for now, is Creative Assembly’s second attempt at a core console game, the first being 2008’s Viking: Battle for Asgard, which was liked by few, one of whom is our own Alex Keen. In the past, Creative Assembly’s strengths have lied with strategy PC games, specifically the Total War franchise.
But it seems SEGA is quite jazzed about Creative Assembly’s approach to the Alien mythos.
“Specifically, CA came to us with the pitch and we were super excited about it,” says Gary Dunn, Sega’s senior VP of production. “We thought long and hard about it, but if Creative Assembly is about one thing it’s about high standard, and that DNA will undoubtedly flow through the console team into the game.”
Odds are this new game is being developed for Xbox 360 and PS3, but no specific platforms were named. The chances of getting more concrete details at E3 in June, however, are very high. Stay tuned.