Friends, I want to give a big thanks to Neil Bolt of Bloody Disgusting for the heads up on Aliens: Fireteam, the latest video game to be set in the Alien universe first introduced by Ridley Scott’s in his 1979 masterpiece of a sci-fi/horror film. Although I think it would be more than fair to point out that Aliens: Fireteam is taking more of a cue from the 1986 James Cameron follow-up, as the game focuses on a 3-Player team of Colonial Marines. Of extreme interest to all of us fans of the terrifying Xenomorphs is that this game has been said to take place 23 years after Alien 3, the rather polarizing movie by David Fincher that was intended to wrap up the story of Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her encounter with the nightmarish alien species first encountered on LV-426.
With Aliens: Fireteam, the Players take on the roles of a trio of Colonial Marines who are sent to four different locations in the Outer Rims – I am assuming to investigate a distress call sent by human colonies who have found themselves under assault by the Xenomorphs.
That announcement trailer for Aliens: Fireteam was released by Cold Iron Studios just a few days ago. Then to the surprise of everyone, just two days later IGN uploaded an exclusive 25 minute video of a playthrough of a level in the game, which is expected to be released this Summer on Steam, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and the Playstation 4 and Playstation 5. The video features Ryan McCaffrey of IGN as well as Craig Zinkievich and Matt Highison of Cold Iron Studios.
Players will be able to pick from five classes of Colonial Marines ranging from Doc, Technician, Gunner, Demolisher, and Recon (I’m definitely choosing Demolisher). In addition the Players will have to take on over 20 different species of Xenomorphs – and judging from that trailer you might also have to deal with the likes of Synthetics, in particular what might be a series of Working Joe androids from Alien: Isolation.