After a less than desirable showing to the public-at-large, in the form of extensive gameplay videos and very poor reviews, Colonial Marines was thought to be among this year’s worst games, and it’s only February. Additionally, there were some questions as to whether developer Gearbox Software had pawned off much of the game’s development to third parties, who ended up botching the whole operation.
Whatever the case may be, the fact still remains there was a Wii U version on the horizon, one that seemed almost destined for failure. So, had Sega decided to cancel the title, gamers wouldn’t have faulted them too much.
Up until today, the running assumption has been that Colonial Marines was slated for a March release on Wii U. However, when Amazon removed the title from their online listing, talk of a cancellation soon followed. But Sega was swift to respond:
“It’s not true. We haven’t announced the release date for it yet but that’s it.”
If the game itself was getting bad reviews, it would make sense that any ports, especially one for a new console like the Wii U, were headed for a similar fate. Yes there was a cool feature that used the Wii U gamepad like the motion scanner from the movies, but gimmicks can only take a sub-par game so far.
At this point we don’t know how far along development is on the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines, or more importantly how closely the port will resemble its console brethren. The PC version of the game appears to fare much better in the visuals category, so considering the Wii U is a “next-gen” console it’s entirely possible Nintendo‘s version will deliver higher quality graphics.
For now, Aliens: Colonial Marines is still planned as a Wii U release, and perhaps by the time it hits store shelves many gamers will have forgotten the tremendous backlash the game has received thus far. Or it will reignite the feelings of disappointment all over again.
Do you think Sega should cancel Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U? Are there any gamers out there that have been waiting for this version?
Aliens: Colonial Marines is out now for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. A Wii U release is expected some time in late March 2013.