Several of us 'round these parts love games as much as we do movies. Unfortunately, most movie-related games are junk, so we don't often have good reason to write about them, but today brings us news on one title that is mighty promising: Aliens: Colonial Marines. And to make matters even more interesting, apparently this new game also ties into Ridley Scott's Prometheus. But before we get to the new movie connection, let's talk about A:CM's old movie connection.
Written by Bradley Thompson and David Weddle (Battlestar Galactica), A:CM takes place continuity-wise after Alien 3, but is narratively a direct sequel to James Cameron's Aliens. It concerns a Colonial Marine detachment that is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a one Ellen Ripley and a Corporal Dwayne Hicks after the incident on LV-426. That means the player will have to explore the Sulaco, the giant space carrier that brought the team to the alien-infested space rock in Cameron's film, as well as said space rock, in search of crew members that are no longer there. Don't worry about those tough soldiers getting lonely, though. As you can tell from the new gameplay trailer below, they'll make new friends pretty quickly:
Now, as for the promised A:CM-Prometheus connection, unfortunately all we really have is a promise. The head of Gearbox Software, Randy Pitchford, recently told the official Playstation blog that his team has been in touch with the production team at Fox and that there will be some kind of a connection to the movie. The only detail he provides is that the player will explore the Derelict on LV-426, AKA the Space Jockey's spaceship.
Now, considering A:CM takes place after Alien 3, and Prometheus is a prequel to Alien, you obviously can't expect to bump into Noomi Rapace's character wandering around the Space Jockey's ride, but it would be quite cool if the player can stumble upon the wreckage, so to speak, of the events of Prometheus. Hey, who knows, Michael Fassbender is playing a droid, maybe his batteries have a really long life span...
Aliens: Colonial Marines will hit a PC or console near you sometime this fall.