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Scheduled release date:

February 2010

Publisher:

Sega

Developer:

Rebellion

Number Of Players:

1 (18 Online)

Genre:

FPS

Release Date:

The concept of “Alien vs. Predator” isn’t new. It first arrived back in 1993 as a beat-‘em-up title for the Super Nintendo, then enjoyed a successful resurrection in the form of a revolutionary FPS on the Atari Jaguar. The latter system was likely doomed from the start and only boasted a few killer apps, but Alien vs. Predator was arguably #1 on the list. Now, Rebellion and Sega are once again bringing us a game that pits humans against two of film’s most notorious sci-fi creatures. Not surprisingly, the developers are making the game reminiscent of the Jaguar iteration; we’ll be able to play as any of the three characters (Human Marine, Alien, or Predator), and yes, it appears to have a first-person shooter format. It’s an extremely competitive genre, to be sure, and Rebellion will have to produce a first-rate title that will satisfy the long-dormant desires of old-school gamers; those who have always wanted a true sequel to that Jaguar gem. Given the advances in technology, just imagine what could be done…

We probably don’t have to tell you that the game’s primary appeal will revolve around the three very distinct classes. This almost negates the need for a lengthy adventure, simply because playing as the Marine will be nothing like playing as the Alien, which translates to automatic longevity via experimentation. You will have to examine the pros and cons for each class; for instance, while the Alien can’t hold any weapons, it can perform a variety of deadly melee attacks and special techniques (remember Cacooning in the Jaguar game?). Then there’s the Predator, which is the slowest of the three classes, but has technology neither of the other two classes can boast. So again, it’s all a matter of balance. In a recent GameSpot interview with one of the game’s designers, Tim Jones, he said there’s “a beautiful purity to the three-species combat we have!” For our part, we’re also hoping for very different story arcs for each of the three classes in the single-player campaign; that would make the characters feel truly unique.

But the differences in how the game plays with each class doesn’t end there. For instance, as the Marine, you’re going to want to avoid dark areas where your foes definitely have the advantage. On the flip side, the Alien will want to plunge as much of the environment into darkness as he can, because that’s where he thrives. If you remember the Jaguar title, a great deal of that game’s appeal rested on the atmosphere; when I first played it, I can easily recall the sensation of fear and anxiety that came with exploring that spaceship at 2 a.m. with the lights off. This time around, the emphasis on environmental attention will be clear. Areas will range drastically from large and spacious to small and cramped, thereby giving each class a chance to shine at various points throughout the quest. It’s when the three species clash that we’ll have to remember the strengths and weaknesses of our chosen class… There’s also talk of a “predalien;” a nasty mix of Alien and Predator, although we assume it’s only an enemy and not a playable class.

The developer says that all three campaigns will be “comparable in length,” and of course, one can say the premise was inspired by previous games and the movies. They do say they’re “steering clear” of any direct quotes from the films, but it’s not like you’re going to mistake the Alien and Predator for something else, right? You know what they’re from. The key will be gameplay mechanics, which is why we’ll be on the lookout for any new in-game media. Also, we’re hoping Rebellion balances out the three classes so one doesn’t immediately have an unfair advantage over the other; that seemingly small mistake could prove disastrous for such a game. Oh, and just think of the multiplayer possibilities with such distinct classes… Anyway, Aliens vs. Predator is tentatively scheduled to arrive in February, so stay tuned for more info as time rolls on.

8/13/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

kevinater321
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @ 10:20:51 PM
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I'm not really sure what to think of this game. I saw the UK Playstation the officail mag in Indigo and it had this game on the front cover. So i picked up the mag and was on my way home. And as i was reading through it i was thinking about how cool this sounds. ( this was the april 2008 issue) But then my eyes were blown wide open to the world of the Playstation 3. And suddenly this game didn't seem nearly as significant. And i can honesly say...this looks like any other fps....it is a fps right?

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Geobaldi
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @ 11:50:47 PM

Yes it's a FPS. And a damn good one too. Pick up one of the previous two titles that were released on the PC, since this is the third one in the series. They're a little dated now by todays standards but still are just as fun now as they were then. And if the Marine campaign, in any of them, doesn't make you jump at some point, then there's something wrong with you lol.

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NiteKrawler
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 1:03:21 AM

Yeah, they always did a great job with the atmosphere. Playing as the marine is quite an emotional rollercoaster. Anyway, Kevin, you should definitely take a look at one of the previous installments on the PC. They were great and they were, in no way, just another shooter. These are some of the most unique shooters available.

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kevinater321
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 8:31:19 AM

Alright if you guys recommend it i might just pick it up. But anyways i am off for a wedding so ta ta for now :) (i will be gone for 4 days)

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mustang750r
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @ 10:35:05 PM
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spaceships... 2 am!? i'm having horrific flash backs to DEAD SPACE, but this time it's with movie franchises i've grown to love and fear. thank god for 5.1 surround to give you nightmares and paranoia. GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER!!!

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mk ultra
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 6:07:53 PM

You get a thumbs up for quoting Hicks.

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Lemon_Saint
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @ 10:46:54 PM
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The best AvP game was in the arcade ... of all the brawlers of the day, that had the most surprises .... I hope this lives up to it.

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sunspider13
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 2:36:01 PM

I remember the arcade version, ah good times...anyway I am waiting for this title and hope that it's good.

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ExhumeART
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @ 11:28:49 PM
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I'm excited!

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Mornelithe
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 12:10:31 AM
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I can't frickin wait for this game. Not getting it on PS3, as I've got a few compadres anxiously awaiting the PC release. Still, psyched to see the PS3 get it also!

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NiteKrawler
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 1:00:43 AM
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Sweet. I can't wait! I'll get in on PC because that's where I grew up with AvP. AvP 1 and 2 were damn awesome on PC back in the day and I hope this one will be even half as good. I hope you can play as a facehugger somewhere in this game. That's always fun.

P.S. All your base are belong to me. ...Someone had to say it, right?

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xnonsuchx
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 4:55:30 AM
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The Jaguar version was fun and spooky (for mid-90's)...did it mention in the article that it was Rebellion who MADE the Jaguar version (and later PC versions, I think)? Now I'd like to see an updated IRON SOLDIER from Eclipse (I do have IS3 for PSOne) and for 'The Yak' to do something for PSN instead of XBL only.

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Imagi
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 5:36:54 AM

The Yak? do you mean Jeff Minter? if so +1 from me.

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dillonthebunny
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 4:58:38 AM
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yeah, from time to time when im bored i usually put AvP2 on the pc for a run about.... love the game, cant wait for this one!

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___________
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 6:32:49 AM
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i cant wait for this.
if you play as a predator you can rip humans heads off, OOOOOOOOOOOO YYYYYYYYEEEEEEAAAAAAHHH!
this is my type of game.
looks like im going to be spending allot of time on ebay next year, GOW3 and this will surely get banned.
god if your up there you will smite this mofo MR atkinson.
god how some one can be such a hypocrite is beyond me.
he does not want a R18+ because than kids can get accsess to games, even though its restricted to people over 18.
MA is restricted to 15 but i have never been asked for ID for a MA product never, im allways asked for ID for a R product.
retailers are much much much stricter towards R 18+ so adding in a R18+ is the only way to make sure kids dont get their hands on these games.
the only reason he does not want a R18+ is because his electrate is full of old people very religious, they hate games like this, he knows if he allows a R18+ rating in he will loose his electrate in the next election.
greedy selfish SOB!

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PSNclaw18
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 7:33:12 AM
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The Jaguar version was awesome.

Just don't lose those damn button faceplates! Hah.. I still have my Jaguar AND AvP.
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The PC version of AvP was also verry good. The multiplayer was balanced and the single player was down right frightening.

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Robochic
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 9:34:56 AM
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I thought this game was canceled, awesome to see that it wasn't :)

Will have to get this for the hubby when I have the money. Man Next year is getting more and more expensive.

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huskerfan_101
Friday, August 14, 2009 @ 3:25:06 PM
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meh, I'm more excited for Aliens: Colonial Marine

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Random_Steve
Saturday, August 15, 2009 @ 7:57:00 AM
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i read about this in OPM UK last month, they were saying that it wasnt scary enough :/

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