Cliff Bleszinski, lead designer on the first three Gears of War
s games, revealed that he almost made an Aliens first-person shooter a couple of years ago that would have had a grown-up Newt as the main character.
Bleszinski shared the news on Twitter, saying that he was in talks to make an Aliens FPS with Fox, who own the Aliens franchise, but when the film company and game publisher was bought by Disney the game was “lost in the shuffle.”
Ripley would be alive and be your “Cortana/Anya.” You’d play as grown Newt. On Earth. Weyland-Yutani are weaponizing the aliens in a Black Mesa style facility and, of course, all hell breaks loose.
Your robotic pal i.e. Bishop? A new one named “Casey” after her doll in Aliens.
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) February 10, 2020
You would have played as Newt, the young girl from the 1986 film, on Earth after xenomorphs break out of a Weyland-Yutani facility that was trying to weaponize the deadly aliens.
To make this happen, all of the canon after the second Aliens film would have been ignored, as Newt dies in transit between the second and third film. Ellen Ripley would have been alive and acted as your Cortana-style guide throughout the game.
Every Xenomorph and Alien from the Alien Movies
Newt would also have had a robotic pal, similar to Bishop from the film, but would have been called Casey after the doll Newt has in Aliens.
This Aliens game would have been made by the studio that Bleszinski founded in 2014, Boss Key Productions, which closed down in 2018 due to poor sales of its games. Boss Key only made two games, LawBreakers and Radical Heights, both of which were online shooters.
Bleszinski’s Aliens game isn’t the only one that’s known to have been lost. Last year, Chris Avellone talked about Aliens: Crucible, an RPG that was prototyped by The Outer Worlds developer Obsidian before being cancelled.
In better news, the Aliens shooter that’s being made by Cold Iron Studios, is still thought to be in active development. Fingers crossed it comes out one day.
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