Aliens: Colonial Marines – original cast members confirmed, release delay explained

Aliens Colonial Marines PS3

Gearbox’s CEO Randy Pitchford, speakingly exclusively to Official PlayStation Magazine UK, has confirmed that cast members from the original 1986 James Cameron movie Aliens will feature in his upcoming shooter Aliens Colonial Marines. The gregarious Gearbox gaffer also took time to explain those release date delays.

“Several of the cast members from the original films have been involved,” said Pitchford.

“I don’t want to spoil anything that hasn’t been revealed yet, but I will say that it’s been an honor and a joy to work with people who were part of the original movies.”

Randy isn’t naming names, but IMDB’s cast listing for Aliens: Colonial Marines  is. Original cast members Lance “Bishop” Hendricksen and William “Gorman” Hope are confirmed on the site as voicing “Rook” (geddit?) and “Cmdr. T. Shannon” respectively, while original character Wierzbowski returns voiced byJosh Ridgway rather than original actor Trevor Steedman.

Pitchford also explained the reasons for the game’s long development cycle, and recent delay: “From the development side, we always think about the scope of what we want to achieve, the time we believe it will take to accomplish what we want to achieve and the cost of what it is going to take to get there. We typically pick one of these points as inflexible, knowing that the other points must be flexible in order to make it work.”

“In our case, we’re committed to our vision for this Aliens game and so we’ve approached progress more in terms of the order of operations rather than from the point of view of focusing on the deadlines for each phase of development.”

But dates must be set, Pitchford continues: “However, even with this approach guesses about schedule are made.  When the public promise is made regarding a project, it’s impossible to escape some answer being assumed or pencilled in for when the promise will be realized.  It’s navigating all of these influences that is foundational to our challenge.”

No word on Hudson’s character yet then, but it’s hard to imagine a game that actually features a digitally-mapped Bill Paxton screaming the “game over, man!” quote being anything other than the best game ever.

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