Aliens: Colonial Marines
E3 2012: Aliens: Colonial Marines Interview - A Close Encounter With Gearbox's John Mulkey
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Announced back in 2008, Gearbox Software has been working on Aliens: Colonial Marines for a while now, but with a release date nailed down for next year, it's starting to look like we'll finally be seeing a proper canonical sequel to Jame Cameron's Aliens movie, and even a lead in to Alien 3.

Stood in the shadow of the actual, original alien queen from the 1986 movie Aliens, we took some time out having sampled Aliens: Colonial Marines' multiplayer hands-on for the first time during E3 to talk to Gearbox about its long-gestating Aliens game. And having survived a gruelling 15 minutes fighting Xenomorphs, we had a few questions to ask.

We chatted to Design Director, John Mulkey about the studio's work with Alien (1979) and Prometheus director Ridley Scott and designer Syd Mead, as well as bringing some of the stars from the Aliens movie in to the game, including Lance Henriksen resuming his role as Bishop. You'll even see his severed legs from the film! Find out more about Gearbox's labour of love in our interview, then read our hands-on multiplayer preview for even more Aliens.


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Comment #1 by The Bum-Mobile
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 03:19:28 PM
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Good stuff. Though it's been so long since I've seen Aliens. Prometheus twice, Alien again before Prometheus came out, but I haven't seen Aliens in years. Though I have some time until the game comes out...

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Comment #2 by PhoenixTemplar
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 03:23:57 PM
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@ about 2:50 - I would think shooting an alien in the head with a shotgun while its pinning you to the ground would probably not work out too well.

Hope this game turns out well, tbh I still can't really tell one way or another.

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Comment #3 by INBRED ZED
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 03:55:12 PM
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Havent seen Prometheus, Alien was good, but I thought Aliens was the best movie personally. Anything after was crap. The AVP game sucked balls but because I'm a fanboy I bought it. Lets hope this isn't a disappointment as well

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Comment #4 by ronnie42
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 03:55:43 PM
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Hoping they don't end up like avp. I miss going around as a facehugger, infecting people, turning them into aliens. I loved the original avp games for that, yes I know avp is different to aliens. Just would be nice to see infection mode in aliens with the whole idea of making someone pregnant with an alien.

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Comment #5 by gravelandx88
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 04:24:02 PM
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In the vid, he shot at its jaw/face & the acid blood just sprayed off to the left. True it wouldn't be the smartest thing to do. But under a adrenaline rush, people act w/o thinking. I'm guessing that's what you see in the vid.

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Comment #6 by TheSilvermaster
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 07:45:39 PM
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Nice my favorite part of the 2010 Aliens vs Predator game was the Marine campaign so its nice to be able to play as a Colonial Marine again gonna be fun always thought it was strange that they introduced the Marines to the Alien film series and then never used em' again even though Aliens was probably the best in the series. Alright looking forward to this although from what I have seen and heard this game has no Heads Up Display so how do you tell if your low on ammo?

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Comment #7 by plinny1984
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 08:32:05 PM
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Ammo counters are on the guns. Just think back to the scene in Aliens where Hicks is introducing Ripley the pulse rifle. I'm gutted this game has been push back several times but looks like its been done for very good reasons. I just hope you get the chance to have some sort of interaction with the derelict, maybe venturing inside, all those eggs still unhatched.....

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Comment #8 by cheevo360
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 09:39:47 PM
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I look forward this game so much. I hope hope SEGA gonna be better back up since their problems moment with business but let hope this game help them. :)

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Comment #9 by SevenJesterHats
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 10:39:54 PM
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i wantie! i wantie! i WANTIE!!

but seriously, i want the game!

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Comment #10 by Zenka The Myth
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 11:48:31 PM
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The day before this comes out I'm gonna have a massive Alien marathon, all 5 movies back-to-back.

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Comment #11 by WEBHEAD 7
Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 01:11:10 AM
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i can't wait for this game to drop. think i'll do an alien marathon before hand too, but i gotta say,, i was completely disappointed by prometheus. it sucked. i dont know what ridley scott was thinking. as much as i'd love to list the reasons why it sucked, i wont spoil anything. but after having seen it, it now pains me that it has anything to do with the alien series. but ya, if nothing else i'm now looking forward even more to a good alien story like this game hopefully has. hopefully

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Comment #12 by Nevander
Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 03:09:14 AM
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Looks great but the gameplay seems to be a bit choppy to my eyes.

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Comment #13 by Genesis x360a
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 12:30:51 PM
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Been waiting for this game since it was announced 4 years ago! Cannot wait. I don't care what the Gameplay trailers look like or what reviews it gets I'm buying this day one and I'm going to fucking enjoy it Haha

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Comment #14 by Huzby101
Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 10:31:31 AM
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Been waiting for this title for some time.I think Gearbox will do it right unlike some past Alien games.

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Comment #15 by Michael Pere
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 01:51:08 AM
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Comment #16 by Dungeon00X
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 01:10:50 PM
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Wasn't the whole facility on LV426 blown up? They said in the movie that the explosion of a Atmospheric processor would be like setting off an Atom bomb. Did everyone just forget that?

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Comment #17 by crunchb3rry
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 06:41:21 AM
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I thought it was a prequel? So now it's a sequel? And how do you lead into Alien 3? Play as Bishop doing janitorial work around the ship while Ripley, Newt and Hicks are in cryosleep? I guess I'm willing to look past all that though. This game should be pretty cool just from all the fanboy details they're putting in.

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Comment #18 by crunchb3rry
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 06:42:25 AM
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^ Wait, I forgot, they couldn't even do that, Bishop was put in a ziplock bag.

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Comment #19 by D M Avenger88
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 10:29:29 AM
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This could be interesting!! :D

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