Ex-Cryptic devs are making an Aliens shooter set in a persistent world

    
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Way back in 2016, a trio of former Cryptic developers — Craig Zinkievich, Shannon Posniewski, and Matt Highison — struck out on their own to form a new company called Cold Iron Studios. At the time, all we knew about the studio’s aim was that it was working on an AAA online action game.

Now we know better; we know that it’s Alien. As in, the long-running sci-fi horror film franchise with Ripley, Newt, and chest-bursting xenomorphs. Apparently Fox bought Cold Iron Studios fairly recently and decided that the developer would be perfect to make the latest Alien title. It will be published by FoxNext Games, the interactive entertainment branch of 20th Century Fox.

There isn’t much information yet on this game (including the title), but we do know that it will try to explore some untread areas of this universe. Fox is calling it an “action-packed persistent world,” and Craig Z told us in 2016 that it’ll have some MMO features, so there is some hint in there that it will be more than a lobby-based shooter.

“We’re all excited to be working on such a storied franchise,” Zinkievich said. “To explore areas of the universe that fans haven’t gotten to experience, to put a game in that setting, is incredible. Having the full force of the world-class creatives, producers and business team at Fox behind the project allows us to take our plans to the next level.”

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Tiresias

Please let this be good.

You know what most most memorable experience from Destiny is? The first encounter with The Hive. That first journey into the darkness below the Moon. Even though you are far mor powerful than anything around you, the darkness, tight passageways, sheer number of enemies, and the fact that The Hive is the most strategically powerful opponent you face in Destiny (they threaten you at all ranges, with enemies that charge you, attack from midrange with powerful but inaccurate weapons, and from long range with weaker but highly accurate weapons) add up to a bone-chilling experience.

They are proof that a persistent-world game can feel threatening and even scary at times.

I’d love a game that is 100% of that experience. Just nothing but stress the entire time I’m playing.

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Aiun Tanks

Ex-cryptic, eh?

Soooo, tell me more about lootboxes, thirty different currencies, login bonuses that penalize you for not logging in one day of the week, and unblockable server-wide broadcasts any time someone gets rare loot out of one, and cash shops that never stop nagging you for more money no matter how much you’ve already sunk into them!

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Peregrine Falcon

That’s not Cryptic, that’s PWE.

Geez. I can’t believe I’m defending Cryptic Studios. The world really HAS gone crazy.

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Xijit

I thought SEGA owned the rights to the Alien franchise games?

… did they lose it / sell it back to FOX after Colonial Marines tanked?

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agemyth ?

Aliens Destiny.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Yawn.

Disney is buying 20thCentury Fox so presumably they will soon own Cold Iron through FoxNext Games.

21st Century Fox’s FoxNext Games Acquires Studio Developing ‘Alien’ Shooter Title

Also, FoxNext Games is heavy into mobile games and their portfolio sounds bland.

And just what the gaming world needs, another console/mobile game sold on PC with a dark, depressing atmosphere and ugly things to shoot at.

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Crowe

As I understood it, Disney is buying *some* of the Fox assets. Not everything.

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Greaterdivinity

Alright, please impress me now. Still need to get around to playing Isolation (I think I own it, and heard almost nothing but good things about it) but I’d love me some more action-oriented Alien games again. I miss the old AvP days, those were fantastically fun games.

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mysecretid

I’m a huge fan of the best Alien movies (all two of them, in my opinion) and the game Alien: Isolation was a far better addition to the Alien franchise (again, in my opinion) than most of the sequel films — so, I’m definitely interested.

It’s not easy to make a good Alien-franchise game, but Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation and Monolith’s Alien Versus Predator 2 (back in the day) both had impressive stories set in that universe.

That’s part of the trick to a good Alien story, I suspect — it has to be about more than just blood and monsters and jump-scares. You have to care about what’s going on around all that — you have to want the various characters to survive, for example, whether they do or not.

If these developers can tap into any of that storytelling quality behind the mayhem, they’ll have my money.

My opinions, anyway,

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deekay_plus

reminds me of escape from tarkov. except you know aliens. or survivarium. except you know aliens.

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Lorgarn

An EFT-esque game with its intricate mechanics, gunplay and favor of realism versus arcade. Together with anything Alien. Count me in.

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i’m afraid i don’t know what eft is >>

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Lorgarn

Escape From Tarkov.

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deekay_plus

aha! derp LOL

idk idk how well EFT is gonna do in the end. it’s the same concept as survivarium ended up being (tho poorly marketted to that effect). also seen some complaints about the gun play adn general gameplay.

that being said these are ex cryptic devs, the people who brought us the brilliance that is STO’s ground combat… so yaeh, i wouldn’t get your hopes up here.

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Lorgarn

ex cryptic devs, the people who brought us the brilliance that is STO’s ground combat

Oooh, I had completely forgot about STO. What a clusterfuck of a game, and yes, the ground combat was completely horrid.

Excite level just dropped quite a bit, will keep half an eye on it though. See where they take it.

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Armsbend

Hasn’t earned an acronym sorry.

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Crowe

My time in beta didn’t show any reason why it should earn an acronym.

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Armsbend

I think the Alien franchise – the entire thing – is pretty much dead at this point.

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do what i do, watch the small bits of fassbender being awesome and pretend the entire thing is short films about the future of biological androids.

lol.

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Cosmic Cleric

about the future of biological androids

Might be better off reading the Asimov Robot series of books, but I get your point.

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Hey fassbender is a god damned gift. I can watch anything with him and that jaw line and those eyes

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Phubarrh

That’s pretty much Scott’s plan for the future of the franchise right there.

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He seems intent on taking it back to its shlocky horror cliche roots if anything.

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Armsbend

It never started that way though. The first movie was anything but horror cliche.

Unlike the few other legendary directors that get better with time Scott seems to be taking a step back for ambitious films. He also seems to be rushing them out for some reason. Like he’s on borrowed time.

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– The Martian was terrible. Why that was a popular movie and won awards I’ll never know. One of the few sci-fi movies I turned off before the climax of the movie. I just didn’t care.

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yeah alien was like early horror before the cliches (that it helped pioneer) really set in.

afaict covenent and to a lesser extent prometheus are right at home in the dull and drab seem one seen em all of the horror genre the past idk how many many years now. >>

i liked martian for the meme filter you could be silly with. that’s about it.

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mysecretid

I liked Prometheus for many things (including Fass bender’s performance) but the entire film kinda makes me angry-ish now in certain ways, because for every cool thing it contained, there was something equally dopey or WTF? shoved in there too.

And Covenant? Most fans I knew wanted to find out more about The Engineers, and that whole backstory teased (but never really delivered) in Prometheus. I know that’s what I wanted.

Instead, we got a 80s teen slasher flick set in the Alien universe.

Friend of mine called it something like “A Horror Version of Dawson’s Creek In Space”. :-) Watch the pretty people get dead. Bleh.

My opinions only, of course, Deekay. Cheers!