GEARS OF WAR Designer Cliff Bleszinski Says Disney Cancelled His Shooter Set in the ALIEN World
Mechanic: Bartosz Sobczak
Category: First-Person Shooters
Alien is one of those series that haven't had a lot of luck when it comes to their video game adaptations — as we've just learned that Cliff Bleszinski's take on the franchise had been canned by Disney before it was even able to reach full production.
According to the award-winning designer of the original Gears of War trilogy, the development team at Boss Key Productions — Bleszinski's studio that closed its doors in 2018 following LawBreakers' underperformance — was "in talks to do a new game in the Aliens franchise with Fox. Then Disney bought them and that got lost in the shuffle, darnit."
While Disney officially acquired 21st Century Fox only in March 2019, Fox and Disney shareholders technically agreed to allow the merger to take place in July 2018, so it sounds like the cancelled Alien game was Boss Key Productions' last project before its closure.
In said Alien project, "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."
Boss Key Productions' Alien game would have been a first-person shooter, not connected to any Alien movie released after 1986's Aliens — including Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, and most importantly, both Alien vs. Predator flicks.
Considering that we haven't had a good Alien game since 2014's Alien: Isolation, it's unfortunate that Disney didn't allow Bleszinski and his team properly develop their vision of an Alien shooter — which would be more than welcome after Gearbox Software's universally hated Aliens: Colonial Marines.
As a reminder, Disney recently sold FoxNext Games and Cold Iron Studios to Scopely, which suggests that Cold Iron's Alien MMO may not happen, after all.
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.— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) February 10, 2020
Your robotic pal i.e. Bishop? A new one named "Casey" after her doll in Aliens.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bartosz Sobczak - Owner, Editor-in-Chief
Lawyer by day, video game reporter by night. Long-time fan of the Mass Effect, Age of Empires, Prince of Persia, BioShock — especially the second one — and Splinter Cell series (who still believes that the best is yet to come). Tries his hardest to shine a new light on the Polish game-development scene. Gameplay Mechanix is his biggest passion project to date. Often listens to old episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson while writing. Privately a cat person.
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