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Aliens: Colonial Marines delayed until February

Pitchford "confident in the schedule for the game's completion and commercial release"

Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford has issued a statement confirming that Aliens: Colonial Marines has been delayed until February 12 2013.

"We're now at a point in development when we can see the end - we know what's left to do and can sufficiently quantify it to be very confident in the schedule for the game's completion and commercial release," said the company's CEO and president.

"We've remained true to our vision. We've been committed to it, through and through. We've always prioritised the goals we had for the game over any particular launch window."

The release date had originally been set for autumn of this year. The game was first announced in December 2006.

"Because the game was 'announced' with that original press release, it might feel, to those of you who have been waiting for the game since then, that it has been in development a long time," suggested Pitchford.

"In fact, with the release date now set, it turns out that the total development time we have spent creating Aliens: Colonial Marines is about the same length of time as we had spent creating the original Borderlands or the original Brothers in Arms - both games that we had waited to announce until we were much farther along in the development process."

It's worth noting the new release date is for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the date for the Wii U version is still to be confirmed.

"We knew this game would be incredible from the moment Gearbox began developing Aliens: Colonial Marines," added Gary Knight, senior vice president of marketing for Sega Europe and Sega of America.

"Now that the title is in its final stretch of development, we can confidently release the exact date that gamers will finally get to experience this blockbuster thrill-ride."

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Latest comments (10)

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 4 years ago
February is the new Autumn? Early-2013 is the new late-2012? :p

I would hope that this marks a shift into producing quality games for the slow post-Christmas period, rather than either pushing poor-quality games out for the festive period, or having excellent games drowned out by the hype of the latest CoD.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 4 years ago
Ah dammit. This was going to make for a great reason to get a Wii U. Gearbox have been really backing the platform and to hear that is wont be around at release is a massive shame.

Or could we be looking at Nintendo chucking some cash around for a timed exclusive?
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James Verity4 years ago
I really hope your making use of the delay time to make sure this title is free of bugs and glitches, because if not your gonna look really stupid... p.s why not add some free content in to the bargin...
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game4 years ago
I can imagine Gearbox don't want to release and promote 2 games too close together, the may have been moving it further from Borderlands 2?
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Dominic Jakube Student 4 years ago
All these "delays" make me think that an 800 pound gorilla thats rumored to have a october release may be true.
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Shawn Zipay Community Manager, Total Gaming Network4 years ago
GTAV? I honestly doubt we'll see that game released at any point in 2012 unless it's a lot further along in development than any of us were led to believe.
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Tim Carter Designer - Writer - Producer 4 years ago
In the meantime - shameless plug on the top of aliens and marines - check this out: www.preparetodrop.com.

Should be out shortly.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 4 years ago
Even more strange... turns out this is going to be a no-show at E3. And now it looks like DMC might be delayed as well. I'm starting to agree with the Gorilla comment!
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John Bye Lead Designer, Future Games of London4 years ago
Or it could just be that they don't want to go head-to-head with two other big name sci-fi shooters - Halo 4 and Call of Duty.
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Dave Brickley Executive Producer, SUMO Digital4 years ago
Although the advert on Eurogamer for Rezzed in Brighton in July claims it's going to be playable at the show
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