Aliens: Colonial Marines
Gearbox Flip-Flops: Female Character Unveiled for Aliens: Colonial Marines
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You’ll be able to play Aliens: Colonial Marines as a female character, across both the co-op campaign and the multiplayer, Gearbox has announced.

The decision is a turnaround as playable female characters were not originally included in the game, despite the central role female characters have played in the movies. A little internet outrage and a few thousand signatures quickly helped Gearbox change its mind.

 "We realised some people were starting to feel bad,” said Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford during a panel at PAX Prime this weekend. “We exist to entertain people.” He then went on to unveil the character herself, Jennifer Running.

"I want everybody to be clear that there are playable females in both the mulitplayer and the campaign," said Pitchford.

You can't see Jennifer Running in these new shots below. Which is helpful.

Aliens: Colonial Marines climbs out of the walls on February 12th, 2013.


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Comment #1 by roggor123
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 09:13:41 AM
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I can see it now..

Jennifer Running...

Jennifer Standing...

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Comment #2 by ronnie42
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 09:19:27 AM
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Don't really if female or male as long as I can be a facehugger again in multiplayer since miss infecting players.

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Comment #3 by Nihlus87
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 09:20:54 AM
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Boobs in the game too? It just gets better.

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Comment #4 by LickableLemons7
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 09:22:26 AM
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It 'aint no man...

Shit, wrong movie.

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Comment #5 by Skititlez
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 09:31:52 AM
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I've read from multiple other sources that females were always planned. They didn't want to annoince it so soon, but they were feeling the pressure of the petition and all the false sexist assumptions that went with it. It was going to be a staggered release of co-op character jnformation, but the petition and internet outcry forced them to change their strategy.

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Comment #6 by Geordiefly
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 09:40:13 AM
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I like the addition, but seriously... Jennifer Running? That's her name? Did you hold a let's pick a stupid name contest and go with that?

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Comment #7 by HalfEVILmonkey
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 09:41:01 AM
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Soon games will have to make sure there is a transgender character in it just make everyone happy.

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Comment #8 by Aussie27Legend
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 09:58:19 AM
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I sense Jennifer Running may become a meme...

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Comment #9 by Bajan Elite
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 10:02:18 AM
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@8 Maybe that was whole reason behind the name.

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Comment #10 by Boylin
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 10:29:40 AM
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I hope she's just wearing a bikini

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Comment #11 by deluxnugs
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 10:34:43 AM
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I love female characters in games, its better than looking at dudes all the time.

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Comment #12 by Zmoke
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 10:36:33 AM
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@10: She is – under all the soldier gear! *drools already*

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Comment #13 by Tridenter
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 11:03:40 AM
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We're in a sad state of gaming when something like playable female characters has to be something "secret" or "special."

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Comment #14 by Kelorin
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 11:41:26 AM
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@10: A bikini would be ridiculous and inappropriate. A tight white camisole shirt and panties on the other hand actually has a basis in the films.... :)

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Comment #15 by the ferenczy
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 11:59:44 AM
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Just release the damn game already.

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Comment #16 by deluxnugs
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 12:34:10 PM
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My wallets gonna be real thin next year. They havnt even announced the summer and fall/holiday games. Im already planning on buying something like 6 games in febuary and march of next year.That's double what im planning on buying this holiday.

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Comment #17 by deathchicken10
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 12:49:24 PM
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The hell is that alien doing in the last picture? The one on top of the box. Looks like it's puking its own insides up. Not a very good strategy...?

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Comment #18 by Godfather93a
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 01:05:59 PM
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I would have been highly disappointed if there had been no female characters in this game. For 1 it would have just screamed were lazy & don't want to do any more work. And 2 The Alien series main character Ripley, come Alien & even Prometheus is centered around a strong willed women who fights against the odds stacked against her.

I'm glad they decided to include females in Colonial Marines, I always loved how the film Aliens showed if you are male or female we can all be equal in getting slaughtered by the perfect species, & kick some Xeno ass before we go.

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Comment #19 by DMichaels86
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 01:09:37 PM
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@17 my thoughts were acid spit, an AoE effect like the spitter from left 4 dead 2

I've been ready for this game to come out sine February. Now that BL 2 is wrapped up, aside from dlc, this game will get the attention it deserves.

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Comment #20 by crunchb3rry
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 05:18:59 PM
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She won't be able to top Vasquez. I always found it funny though that as badass as she was in that movie, Cameron put her in other movies where you wouldn't even recognize her. Like the mother of those kids down on the "poor deck" of the ship in Titanic.

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Comment #21 by F Swan
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 05:39:06 PM
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^^ Or the unfortunate foster mother in T2!

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Comment #22 by crunchb3rry
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 07:04:47 PM
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^ Oh shit, you're right!

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Comment #23 by elsnoggler
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 07:12:48 PM
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Why choose to flatly ignore that Gearbox rather emphatically states female characters were always planned, but just not available at the time of the E3 demo?

Don't pretend that a couple thousand signatures on an e-petition actually had an effect on anything.

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Comment #24 by Souleatr223
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 12:53:44 AM
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I'm honestly disappointed with this news, and no its not because I'm sexist. I just feel that women have already been portrayed as strong versatile characters in the Alien franchise and I don't think we need another one to do the same thing. The heros in Aliens are always female, Im just saying I'd like to see a group of competent male leads. That and when females are randomly thrown into games like this, they are always made into a sex symbol. There's always that one person who's like "I'd rather stare at a girl the whole time." I'm not sure about you but I don't spend an entire game staring at a character model I actually focus on playing the game, and if you absolutley feel the need to stare at a video game girl while playing you must be very uncomfortable with your sexuality. There I'm done sorry about the rant just speaking my mind.

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Comment #25 by Zenka The Myth
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 02:12:17 AM
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12th of Feb. That's the day before my lil' bros birthday... Sorry lil' bro, no gift for you, I'm getting a game lol.

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Comment #26 by Nitnoid
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 03:04:20 AM
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@24, I can understand your point of wanting to look at a buff, shweaty guy walking around carrying his sleek, rigid gun in his hand. But for me, a pretty face is easier on the eyes.

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Comment #27 by TheHappo
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 04:58:45 AM
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@7 You say that, with something which would be an incredibly bold and commendable step towards equal representation, as if it were a bad thing. Shame on you. In any case, its not much to ask for games to have women as (multiplayer) characters too. No one's forcing you to play as them.

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Comment #28 by HalfEVILmonkey
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 07:31:18 AM
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@#27: No, what I am saying is that this is just shooty-shooty pew-pew game and whether there is a female or not in it really shouldn't be petition-worthy.

For God's sake, it isn't like this is some important artistic game with a political or social message. You see alien, you kill alien. Who cares if women are in the game or not? If it was all women in the game, I wouldn't be signing some petition over it.

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Comment #29 by l.maciver
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 08:21:11 AM
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Jennifer running, now shes walking, now shes limping, now shes down, now shes standing, now shes dead.

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Comment #30 by BBowles
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 09:03:30 AM
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@7/27: Tell them to make an Enchanted Arms 2....there'll be a transgender person in it for sure.

Game looks better and better every time its in the news. Don't disappoint us Gearbox!

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Comment #31 by Jack Frost
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 11:06:33 AM
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@#24 - But there should be female characters just based on the fact that there were other females besides Vasquez on the team of marines in Aliens.

They aren't as high profile, but Dietrich (the medic) and Ferro (the pilot) were still very prominent members of the team.

So to that end, females should be present as Marines just to keep up with the dynamics set forth in the film.

And with the other things that are so far annoyingly inconsistent with the film, they need the diversity this in game.

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Comment #32 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 12:38:30 PM
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@#1 LOL! Yeah, since there will be more than apparently...

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Comment #33 by Souleatr223
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 12:12:28 AM
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@#32 yah I do agree with you there, diversity can add alot of dimension to a team and sticking to source material is never a bad thing, but it seems at least in this case that Gearbox was forced to put a character in their game they had never planned on which in my opinion is un-needed as I'm sure the original team would have had plenty of dimension and deversity alone.

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Comment #34 by Souleatr223
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 12:15:45 AM
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*@#31 my mistake^^^^

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