We have some disappointing news for fans of the Aliens franchise now, as we can confirm to you that the highly anticipated Colonial Marines game by Gearbox Software has been delayed again. Instead of a Fall 2012 release date, the game will now be releasing in February 2013 instead.
As most of you are probably aware, it isn’t the first delay that we’ve seen for this game. In basically matching Final Fantasy Versus XIII proportions, Colonial Marines has actually been in development since late 2006, meaning that the game will have had a staggering seven years of development time.
After Sega last announced a delay in January when they said that the game will be coming out in Fall 2012, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford has now revealed that the game will be releasing on February 12 2013 instead. While it is comforting that we finally see a solid release date given to the game, many of you will obviously be feeling that Gearbox are taking way too long to bring the game out.
Given the fact that Aliens Vs Predator by Rebellion wasn’t particularly amazing – should Gearbox be given more time to get things right? Seven years is obviously stretching the limit just a little bit but at the end of the day, there’s little consumers can do other than sit back and hope that all these delays are well worth it in the hope of finally getting a decent Aliens game to match the awesome original movies.
As big Aliens fans ourselves, it’s a shame to see yet another delay, especially after the bad news regarding Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider. However, given that Borderlands was an excellent game from Gearbox, we have a feeling that many of you are willing to accept this fresh delay and just look forward to the final release next year. Having said that, we’re now in the midst of a very impatient gaming industry, where consumers are used to seeing a new Call of Duty game every single year. The only problem there is that Call of Duty is an established brand and can make mistakes and still sell millions. Can Gearbox afford the same luxury? After Duke Nukem Forever, we’re not so sure on that.
The good news is that Sega has released a new trailer of the game, so at least you can see how the game is shaping up in the midst of this delay. Are you confident that it will end up being the best Aliens game ever, or are you a bit angry that the game isn’t coming out in 2012 any more?