For gamers keeping a track of the rocky development of upcoming sci-fi shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines, it’s been a rocky road full of scares just as big waking up after a deep sleep to find a little alien critter using your guts as a holiday home.
First announced (and then swiftly canned) in 2001, the game set just after the events of James Cameron’s action classic was then picked up again by Sega in 2006, before being handed over yet again to developers at Gearbox.
Seemingly finally on course for a Spring 2012 release date, Gearbox, makers of the popular Borderlands shooter, have no confirmed that Aliens: Colonial Marines won’t hit the Xbox 360, PC or PS3 until “fall 2012”.
“Aliens: Colonial Marines is a process of creativity and invention and those don’t necessarily follow the structure of an assembly line,” reads the statement sent to Game Informer.
“While setting clear goals, deadlines and predictions is helpful, they are often subjective. We don’t want to sacrifice the creative process just for the sake of following a blueprint. We prefer to have the creative discovery shape that blueprint because our goal is to make a great game, and we are prioritizing this goal over the previously targeted date.”
A squad-based multiplayer shooter set in the Aliens universe, Colonial Marines is looking very promising, so I’ve no qualms with the team taking a little bit more time to perfect what is now looking like one of the most highly anticipated games of 2012.
Hopefully Colonial Marines’ release date wont become another gaming in-joke, like another notable Gearbox property. Also picked up late in its development life cycle by Gearbox was Duke Nukem: Forever, which took 15 years to make it into stores before getting a critical panning.
Still, while you’re quietly waiting for the Xenomorph infestation to hit computers and consoles, checkout the latest cinematic trailer for the game, embedded above.