A look into the Alien-verse with the upcoming release of Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Xenomorphs, pulse rifles and carnage, oh my! All of the things that are expected to be in an Aliens game title release. The alien-verse world, concepts, and creatures that were originally created by H.R. Geiger and used in the Ridley Scott major motion picture, “Alien”, has grown into a multiple million-dollar franchise with an ever growing fan base. Unfortunately, video game adaptions and additions to this alien-verse have been hit or miss for decades. With Aliens: Fireteam Elite on the cusp of release, Nerditudes wants to look back to the franchise’s successes and failures, and then discuss the first look at Aliens: Fireteam Elite from Cold Iron Studios.

What Makes the Alien-verse
A truly complete title release has to have visuals that truly capture H.R. Geiger’s original work first seen in the major motion picture, “Alien”. Couple that with the sounds that this atmosphere brings is ever important to continue the process. This franchise has introduced viewers and gamers to a new level of suspense with heart pounding sounds and musical scores that add to an already suspenseful environment. Next, and probably the most important key, is mood. Mood is purely driven by the visuals, sound and story, bringing those together into a symbiotic relationship that makes for a truly heart pounding, spine tingling experience.

Franchise Ups and Downs
Few games in this franchise have delivered this level of an experience to the fan base over decades of attempts. Aliens: Fireteam Elite will mark the first major game title release, as we do not acknowledge Alien: Blackouts 2019 release on mobile devices, for this series in 7 years.

The last major game release was Alien: Isolation in 2014 which has been regarded as one of the best games that harnessed the look and feel of Ridley Scott’s “Alien” film. Again, that game captured the visuals, sound and story that fans and gamers alike were looking for making that title release a success with positive reviews by the fan base.

Prior to that release was Aliens: Colonial Marines which released the year prior in 2013 and brought fans a game with the visuals, sound and story that mimicked James Cameron’s “Aliens” film. Aliens: Colonial Marines was setup as a “true sequel” to the 1986 film and gave fans a whole new view on their favorite characters from the film, specifically Corporal Hicks and Private Hudson. The game received mixed reviews from fans and gamers.

The franchise has released a number of crossovers, namely based off their comic book counterparts, with the release of Aliens vs. Predator. Originally released in 1999 and then rebooted for a 2010 release this title was a fun installment to the franchise. Though both titles did lack a truly gripping, suspenseful story they still received positive reviews by fans. Building on the momentum gained from Aliens vs. Predator, developer Monolith Productions released Aliens vs. Predator 2 in 2001. Learning from its predecessor’s shortcomings, Monolith Productions worked on creating a more immersive story for not just one species, but rather all three. The game received positive reviews and was seen as a success for the franchise.

During the peak of the real-time strategy games the franchise sought to claim some of that success with the release of Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction in 2003. This title gave fans the story of all three species waging war among one another with a Warcraft or Command & Conquer feel. The title had a solid storyline, but like most real-time strategy titles, it lacked in sound and visuals. Even with the shortcomings the title received mostly positive reviews from fans of the franchise and fans of real-time strategy based titles.

The Next Chapter of the Alien-verse
Now a new developer makes their attempt at leaving their mark, either good or bad, on the franchise as Cold Iron Studios is set to release Aliens: Fireteam Elite in August 2021. Cold Iron Studios is taking a whole new approach with this title release when compared to any previously released titles in the franchise.

From the 1999 release of Aliens vs. Predator all the way to the 2014 release of Alien: Isolation, with the exception of Alien vs. Predator: Extinction, game titles have been in a first person perspective which put the gamers “into” the story firsthand. This title release is changing the aspect up, literally and figuratively, as it has been designed as a third-person, over the shoulder squad based PvE. This style of gameplay has had a lot of success with gamers in titles such as the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise and the Metal Gear Solid franchise, so this is a gamble that could pay off if Cold Iron Studios can deliver to the expectations of the fans.

Staying true to the story of the original film trilogy, this game is set to take place 23 years after the events of the original film trilogy and is a stand-alone sequel. In contrast to Alien: Isolation following the suspense-horror feel, Aliens: Fireteam Elite will focus on team based action much like the “Aliens” film. Aliens: Fireteam Elite casts players into the Alien-verse as a new colonial marine onboard the USS Endeavour, which at first glance appears to possibly be a Conestoga-class starship with similarities to the USS Sulaco, responding to a distress call on LV-895.

Over the course of the game players will be introduced to and have to fend off over 20 different enemy variants, 11 of which are xenomorphs and also including renegade synthetics, similar to Alien: Isolation. The storyline campaign is a Left 4 Dead-ish multi-session campaign breakdown which is another new approach in this franchise.

When Cold Iron Studios showed the first hands-on for Aliens: Fireteam Elite, they were confident in this next installment to the franchise. Early versions of the game, so far, seems to have nailed the sights, sounds, and perhaps most importantly the mood of Ridley Scott’s Alien-verse to such a degree that is feels surprising that this exact “flavor” of Aliens game was not made years ago.

Could this title release be the game that fans and gamers alike have been waiting for in the Alien-verse? As we get closer to the official release date that will be a question of debate until everyone gets their hands on it. Until then enjoy the official trailer for Aliens: Fireteam Elite developed by Cold Iron Studios.


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