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Aliens RPG Cancelled

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the game-over-man-game-over dept.

Role Playing (Games) 31

Giant Bomb notes that Obsidian Entertainment has officially stopped work on the Aliens RPG they had been working on. In a post on their forums, an Obsidian employee confirmed rumors that development was no longer underway, and Sega later indicated that they were looking do so something else with the IP. "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." Aliens: Colonial Marines appears to still be in development, though it won't be out this year.

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first (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28501749)

first post

Oblig. (4, Funny)

Mr_eX9 (800448) | more than 5 years ago | (#28501759)

That's it man, game over man, game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?

Re:Oblig. (0, Redundant)

billyjoeray (65862) | more than 5 years ago | (#28501795)

They mostly come out at night. Mostly.

shutup fag. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28501963)

Maybe we should ask you what you did with the rest of that doll's body.

Re:Oblig. (2, Funny)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 5 years ago | (#28502345)

Nuke the site from orbit. ... obviously.. :-)

Re:Oblig. (2, Funny)

Kiuas (1084567) | more than 5 years ago | (#28502553)

Nuke the site from orbit.

Seriously. Mod this guy insightful. After all, it's the only way to be sure. ;-)

Re:Oblig. (2, Funny)

chebucto (992517) | more than 5 years ago | (#28503601)

Nuke the site from orbit.

Seriously. Mod this guy insightful. After all, it's the only way to be sure. ;-)

Did IQs drop sharply while I was away? This installation has a substantial dollar value attached to it.

Re:Oblig. (1)

Scragglykat (1185337) | more than 5 years ago | (#28512261)

Seriously though guys, getting back to a date for the launch of this game... they mostly come at night... mostly.

Re:Oblig. (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#28514171)

Hey, hold on, you can't make that kind of decision. You're just a grunt.

Duh. (4, Insightful)

Talgrath (1061686) | more than 5 years ago | (#28501801)

An RPG set in the Aliens universe doesn't really work, did anyone think this was a good idea? There's not a lot choices other than "die or don't die" in the Aliens movies and games so far...how deep could it really get? Good riddance, let developers work on something with more potential (from an RPG side of things).

Re:Duh. (2, Insightful)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 5 years ago | (#28501875)

There's not a lot choices other than "die or don't die" in the Aliens movies and games so far...how deep could it really get?

You could play an employee in Weyland-Yutani. There could be inter-office feuds. Collect enough paperclips and get promoted !
Fight your way to the cafeteria past those damn marketing guys with rubber bands !
Become a PHB and redecorate your office !

The possibilities are endless. Those Sony guys have no imagination.

Re:Duh. (1)

archgoon (894518) | more than 5 years ago | (#28510697)

Dude, Harry the Handsome Executive was a fantastic game. Don't knock it.

Re:Duh. (5, Insightful)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 5 years ago | (#28501941)

Yes, I have to agree with this. I do hope Colonial Marines doesn't follow in the path of this, though.

The Aliens franchise hasn't been treated anything like as well as it deserves to be in recent years, in gaming terms. I mean, what have we had? A crap AvP RTS on the Playstation 2 and Xbox, a rubbish AvP shooter on the PSP, a few cellphone games and a decent-ish arcade machine. When you consider that the Aliens franchise has had such a huge impact on gaming culture (as the inspiration behind the look and feel of games like Doom), this looks a bit sad.

I think the whole AvP thing has been a bit of a depressing sideline. Personally, I find the Predator about as scary and cool as the average episode of Dora the Explorer. I remember when I was about 12 or so, my parents used to control what I watched at home pretty carefully. However, I had a friend whose parents were far more lax, so when I went over there, I often saw stuff I'd never be allowed to see at home. I remember watching Predator over there (it must have been newly out on VHS at the time) and not being bothered in the slightest. A few weeks later, I remember seeing Alien there. I didn't sleep for a month after that. Whichever way you look at it, the Alien is just a better baddie.

AvP2 for PC was 1/3rd of a very decent game. That 1/3rd was the Marine campaign, which was scary as hell. The less said about the "hunt for the breakable vent" and "stupid jump puzzles" flow of the Aliens and Predator campaigns, the better. Of course, the game hasn't aged fantastically well; the engine wasn't considered great at the time and looks and feels very nasty indeed now.

The technology to make a genuinely scary-as-hell Aliens fps has been around for a few years; basically since Doom 3 appeared. All it needs is some reasonably believable squad AI, a writer with a sense of pacing (ie. somebody who understands that having periodic lulls in the action is way scarier than pure run and gun) and a plot that DOESN'T revolve around some mad scientist experimenting on the aliens. It's disappointing that nobody has yet risen to the challenge. The release date for Colonial Marines keeps slipping - here's hoping it doesn't do a Duke Nukem Forever on us.

Re:Duh. (1)

Jurily (900488) | more than 5 years ago | (#28502287)

The technology to make a genuinely scary-as-hell Aliens fps has been around for a few years

You've never seen a facehugger jump you unexpectedly from a dark corner in multiplayer in AvP2, now have you? When you're playing against other people in a setting this fast-paced, you tend to ignore graphics and game phyisics.

Shame the Predator was so unbalanced, especially against Marines.

Re:Duh. (2, Insightful)

malkavian (9512) | more than 5 years ago | (#28502333)

Really, I think there's a lot that can be done in the Aliens universe. Just because there are Aliens around, there's nothing to stop lengthy stories of intrigue (as to why the corporation is trying to gather aliens, splinter groups trying to stop it etc). Half life did a pretty good job of putting a reasonable story on 'Humans meet aliens. Aliens kill humans.'.

Re:Duh. (2, Insightful)

smchris (464899) | more than 5 years ago | (#28503187)

My advice is not to look to the movies and games but to the predator pulp novels which are alien _and_ predator books (not a spoiler as such. That's the series' whole universe.) Basically, human female warrior protagonist surviving a precarious acceptance among the predators sporting against aliens.

I had _such_ a kick-ass AvP movie sketched out in my own mind following on that universe that I perceived the first AvP movie as one of the worst pieces of crap I've ever sat through. In fact, it fascinates me and if anyone knows the back story, I'd love to hear it. I can remember when Harlan Ellison was on the Tom Snyder TV show back in the 70s talking about walking off the Star Trek One team because the producers had idiots like the guy who wanted "pyramids, at the dawn of the universe, with, like, Mayans, man!" Is it possible there was some fool with taste up his ass who hung around Hollywood for 30 years until he finally talked some bigger fools into bankrolling his vision with the first AvP movie?

Yeah, I'm digressing. Anyway, I'm just saying that the aliens franchise has wandering down some unfortunate paths, but there are still plenty of good possibilities waiting to be explored if they leave the gate shining enough to shake off the stench of the crappy failures.

Re:Duh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28506275)

I wanna be a facehugger... No - an egg that releases a facehugger. I just want to sit for days and days, waiting for something to come by. Make me an egg!

Re:Duh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28509585)

>Marine fires grenade -21HP
>Alien blood splashes marine -40HP
>Alien bites marine -300HP
>Marine is dead

>Marine fires sidearm -5HP
>Alien bites marine -350HP
>Marine is dead

Re:Duh. (1)

Feef Lovecraft (1231264) | more than 5 years ago | (#28512221)

The pen and paper RPG used a varient of Phoenix Command including the excitement of 1/2 second combat rounds as you "roleplay" the trajectory of the bullet passing through objects (skin, bone, organs, etc...) it was pretty good game from what I recall but very 80's.

Re:Duh. (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 5 years ago | (#28513305)

An RPG set in the Aliens universe doesn't really work, did anyone think this was a good idea? There's not a lot choices other than "die or don't die" in the Aliens movies and games so far...how deep could it really get?

To be honest, that sums up most computer RPGs...

mmo... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28501823)

And the press release announcing Aliens MMO must be ready just about now..

Never Mind... (1)

fatp (1171151) | more than 5 years ago | (#28501897)

We already had the best story about vapourware game: Duke Nukem For Never
http://games.slashdot.org/story/09/05/07/0146233/Duke-Nukem-For-Never

No one can beat them

For the last time, Duke Nukem isn't vapourware. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28502019)

3DRealms is just begging for the Retexturing project back in PlanetQuake days of 2001 to spring back to life and throw somthing in a Freenet torrent.

Jonof's Duke Nukem is already better, and if their sh1t is converted over to somthing using Tenebrae or even Dark Places' engine then we don't care Forever will ever die off. George Brousard shot-down every project he saw back in 1999 to 2004 that even looked like Duke Nukem so as far as we know they've been milking their development money on an expected best seller of potential no matter if it is ready now or December 22 2012 right when Planet X thrusts its demonic red horn up the ass of the 4Chan Party Van.

Re:For the last time, Duke Nukem isn't vapourware. (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 5 years ago | (#28502393)

You're in luck. Eduke32 is getting a new renderer called Polymer, which hopes to features some of this obligatory 'next gen' features that have been standard for 4 years now.

Pffff (1)

MrCoke (445461) | more than 5 years ago | (#28501911)

I was looking forward at throwing a couple of tripe rations towards the alien...

Re:Pffff (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 5 years ago | (#28502325)

That's no RPG, it's a dungeon crawl!

Re:Pffff (1)

rolando2424 (1096299) | more than 5 years ago | (#28503769)

There you go [chaosforge.org] .

so much content to choose from? (3, Insightful)

whiledo (1515553) | more than 5 years ago | (#28508365)

I just don't understand what an Aliens MMO would have looked like, if it was centered around the actual Alien aliens. How many different monsters does this really lend itself to? Sure, when aliens pop out of various creatures, they tend to resemble that creature more. But how many black dog-ish alien, black horse-ish alien, black tiger-ish alien, etc. can you really deal with before it just become monotonous?

And then there's the whole question of the deadliness of the aliens. The major aspect of the movies is how these are near unstoppable killing machines. How exactly does that square with "Bring me back 20 dog-ish alien hides" quests? When one player could play a character that slaughters thousands of aliens in their lifetime without (mostly) dieing, then the players have become the unstoppable killing machines and the aliens are relegated to target dummies.

Re:so much content to choose from? (1)

_32nHz (1572893) | more than 5 years ago | (#28515371)

Perhaps the players would be the aliens? Fetch me 20 soft human hides!

Re:so much content to choose from? (1)

whiledo (1515553) | more than 5 years ago | (#28516819)

Ah, good point. Then you could play at invading various species around the galaxy, rather than just humans. But an alien drone's life is probably even less interesting than a typical MMORPG player.

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