An Alien first-person shooter will burst its way out of FoxNext Games

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Jan 17, 2018

Get ready to do your best impression of Bill Paxton (RIP) and shout "Game over, man! Game over!" again and again because a first-person shooter set in the Alien universe is in the works at FoxNext Games, the company announced Wednesday. This branch of 20th Century Fox, established in 2017, deals with the company's video games, virtual reality, and theme parks. The division will be placed into Disney's hands as part of the $52 billion deal that cedes Fox's entertainment assets to the House of Mouse, which means Ripley is about to become a Disney heroine and you can't convince us otherwise! 

The Simpsons: Tapped Out and Alien: Isolation were both products of FoxNext. This new and untitled project is the first original Alien-inspired game since Isolation, which was released in 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Linux, and OS X. Bay area-based Cold Iron Studios was just recently acquired by Fox and put in charge of developing the game. The studio was founded by seasoned video game designers who helped bring to life beloved titles like BorderlandsBioShock Infinite, Star Trek Online, Neverwinter, and Metroid Prime 3

“Cold Iron Studios has amazing design, craftsmanship, and development talent that we are excited to welcome at FoxNext Games as we pursue our goal to build a multi-platform, multi-genre portfolio of great games,” said FoxNext Games president Aaron Loeb in a press release sent to SYFY WIRE. “I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”

There have been over a dozen Alien video games produced since the early '80s, and with varying levels of quality. Isolation was somewhat of a departure from the Alien video game franchise as it was more in line with Ridley Scott's 1979 original, placing more emphasis on suspense, survival, and outsmarting the Xenomorphs. Since this new game is being described as a shooter, it'll probably be more in line with James Cameron's 1986 action-horror sequel Aliens. Even with the disappointment of Covenant — not to mention a scrapped Alien movie by Neill Blomkamp — you can always count on a steady stream of Alien-based games to be there for you. 

“We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe,” said Cold Iron CEO Craig Zinkievich in a statement. “Our background in building online worlds and taking established franchises to the next level in interactive entertainment is a precise fit with our product roadmap ahead.”

A release date for the extraterrestrial title hasn't been announced yet, but it won't be the first title to drop under the FoxNext banner. That honor goes to MARVEL Strike Force later this year, a free-to-play mobile game that FoxNext's characterizes as "a squad-based role playing game featuring the heroes and villains of the Marvel universe."