Company excitement about a game isn’t something unusual. However, in Gearbox Software’s case regarding Aliens: Colonial Marines, the excitement level is hitting way above 10. Randy Pitchford, CEO at Gearbox, says the company should have waited a little bit longer before they announced the game. Instead, thrills and excitement influenced the decision to let the world know they were working squad-based first-person shooter.
The information comes from the cover story of Official PlayStation Magazine, where Pitchford speaks about the untimely announcement for Aliens: Colonial Marines. Randy Pitchford is almost notorious for his excitement levels when talking about any of his company’s projects, including their latest, the poorly reviewed Duke Nukem Forever. One game is only a drop in the bucket for a development house that also gave us the Brothers in Arms and Borderlands.
The official Aliens: Colonial Marines announcement trailer puts the game at a Spring 2012 launch, giving Gearbox plenty of time to refine and tinker to ensure that it will be everything fans of the franchise will come to love. Pitchford’s statement to OPM follows, including what some may find to be a shocking revelation.
“Frankly, I think the game was publicly announced before… well, the first press release came out and the ink wasn’t even dry on the contract.”
“We hadn’t even written the first line of code when the announcement happened, and I think it’s because we were so excited and thrilled that this was going to happen.”
“We love Aliens vs. Predator, but this is pure, this is canon, this is ‘holy f***’. Between us and Sega and everybody we should have just shut the hell up until we were further along, frankly. It feels like a long time.”
Randy’s right, it has been a long time since the first rumblings of this project (it began development in 2006), including the scare that the game may have been canceled. Whatever the case may be, Aliens: Colonial Marines is going to be one of the bigger games to come out in 2012, and it’s still going to be a long, long wait until then.
Aliens: Colonial Marines will be releasing in Spring 2012 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 and the Game Rant crew can’t wait to play it as a team.
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