Pitchford Discusses Aliens: Colonial Marines Delay

Gearbox head Randy Pitchford has explained the delays behind upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines over on the PlayStation Blog.  The game has shifted release dates a few times recently before settling on a date a little later in the year than anticipated.

The CEO was asked how the new Autumn release date would benefit the final product.  “Aliens: Colonial Marines has been a dream project – a labor of love,” he said. “We’re fully committed to our vision for the game.”

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“Creating deadlines is helpful to the process, but we do regret where it creates expectations that cause us to choose between changing expectations or compromising the vision,” he added, although not really explaining the reasons.

He also says that the game will “tend closer to the gritty realism side” and will feature lots of looking down the sights, as that’s a “big deal” to the developer.  “Gearbox is really proud of its heritage in the evolution of down-the-sights views having really pushed that feature forward in the first Brothers in Arms game,” he said.

“Since then, every shooter we’ve created has featured direct down the sights views with ballistic weapons — including Borderlands.”

Finally, he adds that there might be some surprises in terms of new Alien designs.  “We do have some awesome new variants to reveal for the first time,” he says, “so we try to get value out of those moments for the experience when you’re playing the game.”

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8 Comments

  1. Hopefully they won’t alienate pre existing fans.

  2. And as I read this the question on BBC1’s Pointless is “Sigourney Weaver films”. Synchronicity of a sort?

    • I woudl say a damn fine coinkeydink to be honest. My missus loves pointless though & therefore by proxy, i love pointless!

    • *would.

      It’s friday – I can be forgiven.

  3. IN the meantime… they’ll just carry on building on Borderlands 2, the new Brothers in Arms and keep Aliens back once again, is what its basically is.

    Not that I care, don’t like Aliens but its likely just like the Versus XIII situaton.

    Shame sad for the fans but at least theres Borderlands 2 imo

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