Fox is Giving Gearbox ‘a Lot of Freedom’ on Aliens: Colonial Marines
Back at E3 2011 this summer, I got a chance to sit in on the eyes-on demo for Aliens: Colonial Marines narrated by Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford. During that demo, Pitchford said that the company was working closely with Fox on the story and experience of the game to maker sure that it was a fully licensed, canonical story in the Alien franchise.
That assertion was backed up by Chief Creative Officer Brian Martel, who told GameSpot that Fox is allowing Gearbox to develop more about the aliens’ life cycle.
Martel said that while the game is a spiritual sequel to Aliens, it takes place after Alien 3. Fox allowed the developer leeway to work on what the aliens are like in the hive, however, because of the needs of the game: “So we’ve been able to dig in there and kinda create new aliens that make sense for gameplay because making a game is very different than making a movie, so you need different requirements. But they’ve been very cool with it, so its been a very exciting experience to work with those guys.”
Gearbox is also taking into account fan feedback on the project, Martel said.
“We definitely listen to what everybody wants, listening to the forums, bringing in people to test our games and those sort of things. We’ve really been able to hone in on what it is to be a true Aliens: Colonial Marines game.”