Announced on January 17, 2018 following the acquisition of Cold Iron Studios by FoxNext, the untitled game will be a massively multiplayer online shooter based on the film Aliens, similar in style to Destiny. According to FoxNext president Aaron Loeb, the game features an "action-packed persistent world". It is rumoured to adopt a free-to-play model.
Cold Iron Studios formed in November 2015 before going public in December. Funding was secured for their Alien project a year later in December 2016, following a prototype which was developed during that period.
- "We put together a pitch, built a great prototype, got fully-funded, and are now building an unstoppable team. We're working hard on a AAA online action game that is literally out of this world..."
- ―Craig Zinkievich
In the Disney/Fox merger of 2019, Cold Iron Studios was sold alongside FoxNext to Scopely. As a result of this sale, the development of the game was rumoured to be set back several months. While it was originally expected that the game would be officially unveiled some time in 2020, this could likely have been pushed to 2021. It is currently planned to be launched across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (and likely to also hit next-gen consoles), being developed within Unreal Engine 4.
A number of rumours have circulated about the situation inside Cold Iron Studios, being largely negative with claims that management has little care for quality or feedback on the project. Supposedly a large number of developers have left the studio due to poor internal decisions. One developer described the game in 2019 as "not fun".
A prequel novel by Weston Ochse, titled Aliens: Infiltrator, is due to be published in the buildup to the game's release. The story will feature a group of veteran Colonial Marines attempting to contain a Xenomorph outbreak at a Weyland-Yutani lab. It was scheduled to release on July 28, 2020 - however was later delayed to 29th December.
A second prequel, in the form of an eight-issue comic series titled Aliens: Colonial Marines - Rising Threat, was also announced, to be released in September 2019. The story was to follow on from the earlier comic Aliens: Rescue and would have starred Olivia Shipp, a character from the novel Alien: Echo. However, the series was cancelled just under three weeks from the release of the first issue due to allegations of sexual misconduct against lead writer Brian Wood.
As posted to 4chan on 1st May 2020, the game is rumoured to take place several years after Aliens, following on immediately from Alien: Infiltrator. The player supposedly takes the role of one of several Colonial Marines aboard the USS Henley-in-Arden which acts as the main hub world, with each selectable Colonial Marine being available through Destiny/Borderlands-style presets. Your main task is rumoured to be to take trips to a backwater planet following Pala Station's crash onto its surface, which unleashes Aliens into the local colonies. According to the thread, monetisation is implemented for cosmetics, with a variety of options available.
- When originally announced, the game's title was rumoured to be Alien: Blackout. However, this was later revealed to be an entirely separate mobile game, which launched in January 2019.
- Following Disney's acquisition of Fox in 2019, FoxNext (and subsequently Cold Iron Studios) were sold to mobile developer Scopely.
- During the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 the Cold Iron Studios team began working on the game from home, leading to the first photo of the game's desktop icon to be shown on social media.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Fox buys games studio to rival its TV and movie output" (17 January 2018). Retrieved on 7 January 2019.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Cold Iron Studios". Retrieved on 7 January 2019.
- ↑ "Cold Iron Studios’ Alien shooter will be an MMO" (7 January 2019). Retrieved on 7 January 2019.
- ↑ "New Alien Game in Development After Fox Buys Cold Iron Studios" (18 January 2018). Retrieved on 8 January 2019.
- ↑ "Cold Iron is a new AAA online action game studio" (6 December 2016). Retrieved on 7 January 2019.
- ↑ "Cold Iron Studios Reviews". Retrieved on 7 July 2020.
- ↑ "Amazon.com - Alien: Infiltrator". Retrieved on 2019-11-04.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "This September, a new #Aliens story features characters from the game by Cold Iron Studios!". Retrieved on 31 July 2019.
- ↑ "UPDATED: Brian Wood accused of sexual misconduct". Retrieved on 31 August 2019.
- ↑ "Cold Iron Studios' Alien Info". Retrieved on 2020-05-03. (dead link)