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Creative Assembly Making Alien Game, Opening New Studio
Creative Assembly Making Alien Game, Opening New Studio
May 12, 2011 | By Mike Rose

Total War UK-based developer Creative Assembly today announced that it is making a game based on the Alien science fiction horror franchise.

At a press event held in Horsham, UK, the Sega-owned company revealed that the upcoming title will be a "console core game", although no specific platforms have yet been named.

The developer said that it is set to open a new 10,000 square foot facility in the area in aid of the game's development, and noted that it plans to have around 200 staff within the year. 160 people currently work at Creative Assembly.

The game's announcement comes years after Borderlands developer Gearbox announced Aliens: Colonial Marines, an Unreal Engine 3-based first-person shooter published by Sega. Continued development of that game was in question in November 2008, but Gearbox at the time said development was continuing.

Sega acquired the rights to make games based on the Twentieth Century Fox movie property in late 2006. The publisher also commissioned Fallout: New Vegas studio Obsidian to create an Alien RPG, although that game was cancelled in 2009.

[UPDATE: Following news of The Creative Assembly's upcoming game, Gamasutra contacted Gearbox, which stated, "In regards to Aliens: Colonial Marines, we are still excited about this is project and we are still very much working on it. We know everyone is excited for it and we really canít wait to talk about it."]

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Eric Geer
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Hopefully this will be seems like any Alien based game that has come out falls short of the hype.

Shawn Sieben
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The first Aliens vs Predator and Aliens vs Predator 2 were great. The immersion was spectacular, especially as an Alien chest burster eating your way out.

Ben Pitseleh
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I agree. The AVP titles were pretty good. Sure, they weren't perfect but I think they were highly underrated.

Wasin Thonkaew
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Is it be in Total War series ?

Move into console, I probably can't see how this game can be enjoy in playing.

Do i miss-underderstand something ?

Tim Carter
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Alien Swarm, bitches! That's the best "Aliens" game. And it's free! From Valve! And it's co-op team play with voice.

Technically it doesn't live in the "Aliens" universe, but for all intents and purposes, it's the best "Aliens" style game out there.

Tim Carter
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Also, if I'm not mistaken, this is a "bivouac studio". This isn't a new permanent studio - it's a new temporary studio (or a "facility", as they call it), that will exist for the duration of production.

Thanks for noticing.