Tweets from Geoff Keighley seem to be hinting at the impending reveal of a new Alien game at the 2018 Game Awards show.
Keighley has been sending tweets that include some familiar Alien imagery (including font types, color schemes, and perhaps even logos commonly associated with the Alien franchise) as well as the somewhat cryptic words “WORLDS WILL CHANGE.” These tweets might not amount to much in and of themselves, but when you pile them atop the reports which state that 20th Century Fox has filed a trademark for a game called Alien: Blackout. Put it all together, and we’d be shocked if a new Alien game wasn’t revealed when the Game Awards air on December 6. What remains to be seen if whether it will be as brilliant as Alien: Isolation or if it will sink to the dark depths of Aliens: Colonial Marines.
Of course, that’s hardly the first time we’ve heard rumblings of a new Alien game. Earlier this year, 20th Century Fox acquired developer Cold Iron Studios, which reportedly was working on a new shooter based on the Alien franchise. The deal was made via FoxNext Games, the interactive entertainment division of 20th Century Fox.
Cold Iron Studios is actually a relatively new studio that was started by former members of Cryptic Studios. You may remember them as the studio behind the conceptually brilliant – but ultimately doomed – MMORPG City of Heroes. The rest of the studio’s staff largely consists of a hodgepodge of veteran talent who have worked on everything from Metroid Prime 3 to BioShock Infinite.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, FoxNext Games president Aaron Loeb explained why Cold Iron Studios was the perfect choice to work on this new project.
“Cold Iron adds a whole dimension of game development and play to our arsenal: long play-session MMOs targeted to PC and console gamers,” said Loeb. “The kinds of games Cold Iron develops will enable us to deeply explore the worlds of our franchises, starting with the Alien universe.”
While that statement seems to suggest that this Alien project could eventually become an MMO – or MMO-lite – type experience, it is currently just described as a shooter that will be released for PC and consoles at an unspecified date. The only thing we really know about the game at this early stage is that it will “explore areas of the universe that fans haven’t got to experience.”
That’s not the only takeaway from this interview, though. No, that would be a comment Loeb made regarding how 20th Century Fox views its video game division moving forward.
“FoxNext Games seeks to make games as important a part of Fox’s business as movies and television,” said Loeb. “Games will be the defining entertainment medium of this century, in our view.”
While Loeb mentioned that this new emphasis on game development will include mobile titles – FoxNet is already working on a mobile Marvel game – Loeb says that Fox is just as interested in creating console and PC gaming experiences.
“Mobile is an intimate game platform – it’s with you all the time and the games become part of your day,” said Loeb. “PC and console are immersive platforms that will allow us to transport users into their favorite worlds. It’s an incredibly important skillset and game type to add to our arsenal as we pursue our mission.”