GameSpot has contacted Aliens: Colonial Marines publisher Sega and developer Demiurge to find out exactly what has happened to the Wii U version of the game. Aliens: Colonial Marines was meant to launch on Wii U at the end of March, but we’ve barely had any news about it. Here’s what both the publisher and developer had to say about the long overdue Wii U version.
“We’re still not commenting on Aliens: Colonial Marines at this point. Sorry, I don’t have better news,”
- Sega representative
“I’m sorry to say that we at Demiurge can’t really comment,”
- A representative from the Cambridge, Mass. developer
Despite the rumours on the Internet yesterday saying otherwise, Sega has told Eurogamer that the Wii U version of the flawed Aliens: Colonial Marines is still in development and hasn’t been cancelled. Sega says the rumour isn’t true. They haven’t announced a release date for the Wii U version yet, but that is all. When questioned about the phrase “postponed indefinitely”, Sega said that they had never announced a release date for the Wii U version of the game.
“It’s not true. “We haven’t announced the release date for it yet but that’s it.”
Rumours have begun to surface that suggest that the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines has been postponed indefinitely. Kotaku writer Jason Schreier says he received a tip around a month ago that the flawed game had been canned on Wii U. He said he has spoken to SEGA who have denied it. It’s also worth noting that Amazon has removed the Wii U version from its site.
We heard from a tipster about a month ago that the Wii U version had been “postponed indefinitely.” We reached out to Sega, and they denied it. I’ll let you guys fill in the blanks there. :)
Gearbox Software has released a new multiplayer trailer for the forthcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines. Gearbox Software has announced a February 12, 2013 launch for Aliens: Colonial Marines on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC with a Wii U version announcement “at a later time”. Is this a game you’re planning to pick up?
Sega and Gearbox Software today announced Escape mode, a new competitive multiplayer mode, for its highly anticipated blockbuster Aliens: Colonial Marines video game, launching February 12, 2013 worldwide. With a competitive death match game mode already revealed earlier in the year, Escape mode is the second in a number of competitive multiplayer modes for Aliens: Colonial Marines and will challenge players in an intense scenario against the universe’s deadliest killers, the Xenomorph.
It’s been confirmed that Demiurge Studios is the development team behind Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U. Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford has said that roughly 80% of the work on Aliens Wii U is being handled internally, but Demiurge, Nerve and Timegate are all lending a helping hand.
“When I play with the controller, I immediately realize that for the types of games I like to play and make, this is the best controller I’ve ever had from Nintendo. For Aliens: Colonial Marines, it’s really exciting to have that screen there because I can do things that are very unique to this universe. For instance, we have a motion tracker in this universe. Now our motion tracker can literally be in our hands and we can see and hear it –and scan the room in 360 degrees, since it’s a motion device.”
- Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford
Sega has revealed a select bunch of games that it plans to show off at next weeks E3 event in Los Angeles. The games include Aliens Colonial Marines for Wii U along with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed - which is widely tipped for a Wii U release. Here’s the titles that Sega has confirmed that they will be showing:
- Aliens: Colonial Marines
- The Cave
- Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit
- Jet Set Radio
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
- Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz
- Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
Sega has confirmed today that the long-awaited Aliens Colonial Marines has been delayed until February 12th 2013. In a separate interview Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford further reiterated that the Wii U version of Aliens Colonial Marines will be the most spectacular.
“The Wii U is a next-generation system. It hasn’t even come out yet and we’ve had our 360s and PS3s for a while now so it’s natural that it’s a very powerful system. Now, it’s up to Nintendo to talk about their system and they haven’t revealed all of their details yet, but so far we’re thrilled with it. It’s pretty clear to us that the best-looking console version of Aliens: Colonial Marines is going to be on the Wii U”.
“We have to be careful, we don’t want to have completely different games. The game experience, the campaign, the competitive game… it is the same game on each platform so if you love the 360 you’re fine, you’re going to get the game experience. Now, the Wii U is a more powerful machine so if you’re one of those early adopter types and you’ve got the disposable income to buy a new console right now, maybe that’s something you want to look at for this game.”
“It does have the added advantage of this new controller, and that gives us some interface options that are just not possible on the other platforms. The most obvious one of course is a motion tracker. So, like, I’m playing the game and maybe I’m in one of those suspenseful sections, and all of a sudden… WAWUM, WAWUM, and I realise the sound is coming from the controller. And I look down and it’s a motion tracker in my hand, in the actual controller. And it’s motion-sensitive too so I can scan the room by moving the controller. It’s pretty cool and that’s just one of the many uses of this device.”
He added: “I’ll tell you what’s kinda cool too. When I’m playing competitively, sometimes I like to look at the score when I’m playing but I hate having to cover the screen with an overlay. Well guess what? I can look down at the Wii U screen and if I want to keep the score there or whatever and just have a glance I can keep it down there and not have to worry about overlays or anything like that, and that’s kinda neat.”
Creative Assembly’s has advertised online that they’re working on a brand new Aliens title for both current-gen and next-gen consoles. The development studio is looking for a number of talented individuals to work on the game, which is rumoured to be an action title running on an all-new game engine.
“The successful applicant will be working on a AAA multi-platform title on current and future generation consoles set in the Alien universe.”
Chris Faylor, the Community Manager for developer Gearbox has stated categorically that Aliens: Colonial Marines on Wii U is not a port. When Faylor was asked if the game was indeed a simple port of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game he replied “I hate that word. The Wii U version is not a port. Remove it from your vocabulary.”
Tip: Mike S