A new game based on the license of Ridley Scott’s iconic Alien film franchise has just been announced by FoxNext Games, in conjunction with their acquisition of developer Cold Iron Studios.
FoxNext is a division of 20th Century Fox formed in 2017 to cover their video game, VR, and theme park initiatives. While still in its infancy, this new Alien project is one of several other games the company already has underway, including Marvel Strike Force, which is due later this year on iOS/Android and VR companion experiences for both the Planet of the Apes and Alien: Covenant films.
Cold Iron Studios, meanwhile, is also a new name in the industry, having established itself in 2015. The development house was created by former key members of Cryptic Studios, who are perhaps best known for their MMOs Neverwinter and Star Trek: Online. Cold Iron hasn’t released a game of their own since its formation, but their team has contributed to development on major titles like DOOM, Bioshock Infinite and Metroid Prime 3.
FoxNext’s President of Studios Aaron Loeb said about Cold Iron’s acquisition:
“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. 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.”
Cold Iron Studios CEO Craig Zinkievich said:
“We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe. 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; we can’t wait to share more information soon.”
All we really know about the upcoming Alien game is that it’s a shooter, and it’ll be released on consoles and PC. Which leaves a lot of room for high hopes and anxiety. The last major Alien game to be released was the well-received Alien: Isolation in 2014, but before that, Aliens: Colonial Marines went down in infamy for its terrible performance and mundane gameplay.
There are a lot of directions Cold Iron Studios and FoxNext can go with this franchise, especially with the ways Prometheus and Alien: Covenant have broadened the Alien universe.
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