Left 4 Dead with Xenomoprhs. Those words alone are sure to get any Alien fan jumping with excitement – and now we may have reason to celebrate. SEGA and Gearbox Software have just announced a new multiplayer mode for Aliens: Colonial Marines, which has marines fighting off Xenos in what sounds to be a L4D-esque fashion.
Titled Escape Mode, the newly announced Aliens: Colonial Marines game type pits a pack of Xenomorphs against a squad of Marines. The Marines are tasked with trying to find the exit point on what SEGA calls a “fast-paced map,” while the Xenomorph team must hunt down and eliminate its prey. Adding to the tension is a time limit, giving the human team only a brief window before they are overrun.
Escape Mode accommodates eight players – four for each faction – with each team making use of its skills to try and stay alive. SEGA plans to debut the new game mode at PAX Prime this weekend (it runs from August 31st to September 2nd), and fans will the chance to go hands-on with it. Additionally, attendees will be able to compete in a deathmatch contest against Gearbox employees.
In the above trailer, courtesy of Gamespot, SEGA and Gearbox show off footage from Escape Mode, including Xenomorph gameplay. Unlike the Rebellion developed Aliens Vs Predator, Xenomorphs in Aliens: Colonial Marines will be playable in third person – likely due to disorientation complaints about playing from a first-person perspective. There are four different types of Xenos in Escape Mode, ranging from the tired and true Xenomorph soldier to the Spitter, which… well, spits acid.
SEGA still has a few more Colonial Marines game modes to reveal before launch, and we’re hoping they’ll be Alien-themed plays on already popular game types – fingers crossed for “Capture the Facehugger.”
Aliens: Colonial Marines releases in February 12, 2013, for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. It is assumed that the Wii U version will launch alongside the aforementioned platforms, or shortly after.
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