Multiplayer co-op shooter Aliens Fireteam Elite officially launches

    
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It’s been a very weird and winding road to get to this point, but Cold Iron Studios’ long-teased co-op shooter Aliens: Fireteam Elite has now officially launched, arriving as a buy-to-play title to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

“Set in the iconic Alien universe, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a cooperative third-person survival shooter that drops your fireteam of hardened marines into a desperate fight to contain the evolving Xenomorph threat.”

As alluded to in the lede, this one has taken some interesting steps to get to gold. The game was first hinted at in 2016, then further elaborated on in 2019 when Cold Iron landed the Alien IP rights. Then, the studio went through buyouts from the likes of Daybreak and EG7 Global, and then finally the game was officially unveiled this past March and renamed from Aliens: Fireteam to Aliens: Fireteam Elite. Presumably because of leetness.

Initial impressions on Steam seem to be generally favorable, with reviews sitting in the “Mostly Positive” side of things. The vast majority of the reviews are using this game’s launch to skewer the much-maligned Aliens: Colonial Marines multiplayer shooter; “Just glad Randy Pitchford had nothing to do with this game,” reads one such review.

As one would expect, Fireteam Elite’s launch comes with a snazzy new trailer to try and entice people out of their $40. If you’d rather sit on your cash, make sure to tune in to OPTV tomorrow afternoon where we’ll be streaming some live first impressions.

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Neurotic

That does look rather tasty. I like the influences of the new Alien films in the backgrounds, that’s fun. And I see a few Aliens in there that look like homages to the Konami arcade games. I also like how they’ve made it third-person – I don’t think any Alien game has done that before.

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Sleepy

Ah guys, not a single Aliens quote worked into the comments? I expected more from you. I thought you’d be smarter than this.

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Turing fail

You’re right. I say we take off and nuke the entire thread from orbit.

It’s the only way to be sure.

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Leo

The reviews I saw seem to say ‘yes it’s nothing fancy, but it is a to the point coop shooter. And these people really bring the aliens worlds (and some extended universe xenos) to the game.’ Has me interested. But also saw the single player (with bots) works but not really the same as with peeps.

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Rndomuser

I saw this being played on streams today, it looks worse than Back 4 Blood (which I actually liked). Graphics looks worse, animations look worse, gun handling also looks worse. The environments look very small and claustrophobic. No built-in voice chat (yes, I can use Discord, but it’s inconvenient when playing with random people), no text chat (something that is inexcusable for any multiplayer game). No crossplay. No option to buy it elsewhere like Epic Store if you want to play it on PC (I don’t like supporting Valve). I don’t really care how accurate it is to the movies but that’s definitely not something I would personally spend money on.

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angrakhan

Unlike Greaterdivinity below, I didn’t come into this game expecting a verbatim replication of the movie. The xeno’s they’re throwing at you are in a wider variety than in the movie and I think they wanted to make a game that was actually fun rather than have your whole fireteam get their faces eaten off in the first room. The goal was to make something intense, but playable, while giving the look, sound, and feel of the Alien franchise. To that end I think the game has done a good job.

All I’ve completed at this writing is the first mission, but it sucked me in. It gave a good sense of urgency and definitely conveyed that sense of being the prey, cornered, and fighting for your life rather than the predator. I only played on the normal difficulty, and I can’t imagine how tough this game is on the hardest especially when they start turning off the player aids like highlighting the xeno’s in a dark room and turning on friendly fire. The game is definitely going to take a coordinated team to take on the toughest challenges.

You definitely need your head on a swivel and a good sense of situational awareness because they like to have xeno’s jump out of air ducts behind you, and above you. If you start getting laser focused on what’s in front of you about that time one of your teammates will be getting their face eaten by the one that flanked and came up behind you. Health doesn’t magically regenerate, and medkits are very limited in supply.

So far I give it a thumbs up, but keep in mind my play time amounts to the first mission. I don’t know if they’ll keep things interesting or if I’ve basically seen everything the game has to offer at this point.

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Greaterdivinity

Seems like a good, dumb action shooter, but not quite an “Alien” game given that you’re mowing down xenomorphs like they’re nothing for the most part.

At least it sure looks and really sounds very much “Alien”, just gotta ignore the actual origins of the franchise. Which isn’t a tall ask, just close your eyes and shoot all the things.

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As I recall, the Colonial Marines in Aliens made short work of the Xenomorphs when using their projectile weapons (against orders). Unfortunately their stray shots messed up the nuclear reactor’s cooling system…

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Greaterdivinity

They did some damage for sure, and posed a credible threat to the xeno’s, but not mowing down dozens at once like in this game. They were hardly trivial.

A lady saving a cat and a kid was always more badass than the marines. Though Aliens is still a bloody brilliant movie!

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Ir1shguy

Yeah but to be fair how many people would play if the shooter is too hard? Difficult gameplay is very niche because in the last 20 years parents made life too easy for so many people, unless they get the best gear RFN they will cry.

At least there are difficulty levels in it. Progression is slow so thats gona be a complaint.

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Greaterdivinity

Interestingly, this goes back to a lot of what I think it was Damian Schubert said about game development and how “ideas” don’t drive it, while IP’s are hugely important (especially in mobile).

There have been some good “action” titles like AvP and we have Alien: Isolation which is bloody phenomenal.

Alien as a property doesn’t lend itself to this kind of genre if you’re looking to stay “authentic” to the IP itself. Maybe a more action oriented game where you’re a predator on a planet hunting trophies, including xeno’s? Yeah, that’d be rad as hell and it fits.

I could even see it fit damned well in a Dead by Daylight style where you have a xeno trying to hunt down a squad of marines while they’re trying to secure some data/evac civilians or something. That too would fit and allow for plenty of action.

But a L4D style game is just not what I’m looking for out of an “Alien” game, personally. Probably will still be dumb fun, I don’t dislike the idea, but just not as an “Alien” game necessarily.

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Ir1shguy

Good points. I’ve been a fan of aliens since I was 8 back in the early 80s at this point I am content with them being in a game lol.

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Greaterdivinity

A decent game, to boot, which is always a nice surprise.

Fun, random Alien story that you might enjoy. A local theater near me was doing free movie nights every month for a while and was showing Alien. Small little art deco theater, only a few dozen folks showing up, but it was a nice little event with some fun trivia and whatnot.

During the movie there was a father and his son, had to be less than 10 years old, sitting a few rows in front of me. I remember being a bit surprised to see a younger kid there since it’s an “old” movie, but whatever. Kids probably seen way more graphic shit in modern movies.

However, as the movie went on and the tension built up, I would look down to see him slowly curling up in his chair. First kinda sitting a bit “tighter”, then moving the legs up onto the chair, then folding them in front of him, progressively getting more and more visibly tense as everything built up towards the climax at the escape.

It warmed my heart to see that a roughly 40 year old movie without fancy CGI could still scare the pants off a kid in modern times. It’s a testament to both how good the movie overall is, the acting, HR Giger’s designs, and the power of really good looking practical effects. (<3 practical effects forever)

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Neurotic

Heh! Yeah, I’ve noticed with my own kids (12 and 14) that tone and atmosphere are often more effective at getting to them than point-blank scares or graphic images (not that I’m exposing them to such on purpose!). And Alien has nothing if not an awesome tone and atmosphere. I took my 14-year-old to see Blade Runner at a small theatre recently, and he was so absorbed by it. As you say, it’s great to see the kids getting the same pleasure from something that we did years and years ago. :D

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angrakhan

The xeno’s you’re mowing down in droves are very small. They the size of a large dog. The ones you run into that are equivalent to what was in the movies… I didn’t catch the name.. but they’re a good 8 feet tall.. those you aren’t mowing down. It takes focus fire from your whole team to get them down before they eat someone. If they sent those at you in dozens you wouldn’t get past the first room.

I think they did a good job with making it into a game.

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traja

This is one aspect that I didn’t mind personally. To me it makes sense that any animal will fall quickly to automatic fire. The horror comes from not having such weapons or not having enough shooters or ammo.

Now the game itself seemed too indie to justify the price tag. It’s more like a 20€ game rather than a 40€ game. Also the gameplay is basically moving from one static encounter position to the next.

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Arktouros

The whole Alien vs Aliens debate is really interesting. In Alien you had a Xenomorph who just couldn’t be beat, was always tricky and sneaky, and was a persistent threat. A real horror like movie full of fake jump scares and the like. Meanwhile Aliens was more of a Sci-Fi movie in that you had a military and an alien style threat which while they were able to mow things down were ultimately no match for the whole Hive and Queen.

In gaming we see this paired off with games like Alien Isolation following the original’s horror game roots where as games like Fireteam tend to fall more along the Aliens side of the spectrum, and I think that works just fine.

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IronSalamander8 .

I’ve not gotten it as of yet, but people are generally positive about it; including Skill Up, one of my favorite reviewers on YouTube. Been busy with FF14 as well lately so haven’t looked at getting it yet, but what I have seen looks decent enough, although there are some connection issues that need to be looked at. I may pick it up in future to play with friends.