Aliens: Colonial Marines – Your Multiplayer Questions Answered

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Aliens: Colonial Marines – Your Multiplayer Questions Answered

Aliens: Colonial Marines for PS3

If you’re like me, you’ve been watching the recent Prometheus trailers (spoilers!) over and over, pausing only to wipe the frothy spittle off your chin. If you’re really like me, you’ve also been wondering, “what’s it gonna take for some talented studio to create a killer game based on the Alien films?” Luckily, Gearbox Software is building an increasingly compelling case with Aliens: Colonial Marines, an upcoming big-budget PS3 shooter that aims to pick up where James Cameron’s seminal 1986 film Aliens left off.

While we know a good bit about the game’s tense single-player campaign, details about its multiplayer component have remained frustratingly elusive. So we took to Twitter and posed @PlayStation followers a simple question — what do you want to know about the multiplayer mode in Aliens: Colonial Marines?

We received a flood of questions — some insightful, some maniacally detail-oriented — and presented them to Gearbox Software Multiplayer Producer Chris Brock. Though Gearbox is keeping tight-lipped concerning certain specific details for the game, some of your questions did manage to penetrate their veil of secrecy with all the effectiveness of a 10mm explosive-tipped pulse rifle round. Read on to learn more, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more revelations during E3 2012 this June.

Aliens: Colonial Marines for PS3

What different multiplayer modes will there be? And how many players are supported in multiplayer matches? (asked by @Pogo_05)

Chris Brock, Multiplayer Producer: We’ve only announced and shown Team Deathmatch at this time, but there are additional modes that we’ll be showing before too long. These modes are more objective based and we can’t wait to put them out in front of people. As far as player counts go, we’re still testing out what feels right on a per-mode basis.

How many maps are there for competitive multiplayer, and how many players does co-op support? (asked by @Nekrospike)

CB: We’re working on many multiplayer maps at the moment. We don’t have a specific number at this time but it will be a good selection of maps that will be our best! The co-op campaign will support up to four players.

Will multiplayer weapons be in-map pickups or loadouts? (asked by @LingeringRegime)

CB: Or a combination thereof, perhaps? :-)

Will it support splitscreen on PS3? I would like to see more games having a split-screen option (asked by @TRIEDGE_68)

CB: Yes!

Aliens: Colonial Marines for PS3

Will there be multiplayer maps based on other alien movies like Alien, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection? Will the Predator make a cameo? (asked by @JDas2k)

CB: The Predator is something that you will not see in Aliens: Colonial Marines. AvP is a fun and compelling universe, but a separate one from the original Aliens universe. We draw inspiration for multiplayer maps from all the films, in addition to concept art and expanded Aliens universe content.

What’s it like to control a xenomorph in multiplayer combat? What attacks and abilities do they have?

CB: Awesome ones! Xenomorphs are obviously much more agile than their human counterparts, so they’re very quick and have the ability to maneuver about on walls and ceilings. As you’ve seen before, every part of a xenomorph is dangerous, from their claws and tails to their “little mouths” and acidic blood. They have a wide variety of ways to attack the marines.

Several other titles have enabled players to control xenomorphs. Where did those approaches fall short, and how does Aliens: Colonial Marines improve on that approach?

CB: We feel it’s key to keep the xenomorph player’s perspective in third person. Xenos have to be sneaky and agile, so the wall and ceiling climbing is a necessity. That said, playing in that style, in first person, can be quite disorienting.

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Can aliens kill humans in multiple, theatrical ways? And what can a marine do in close quarters to ward off an alien attack?

CB: Xenos can kill humans in many ways. What can a marine do in close quarters to ward off an alien attack? Pray! In all seriousness, a marine’s best bet is to stay with other marines and cover each other.

Will ACM’s multiplayer include customization for the humans and aliens and, if so, what are some examples of abilities that can be enhanced for both species?

CB: We’re not talking too specifically about the metagame yet, but there’s a wide amount of customization in both appearance and abilities.

Will the game include weaponry not depicted in the films? Can weapons be modded and improved?

CB: The films allude to a lot of weapons that are never shown. As you might imagine, we’re pretty excited to show you what those might look like.

Aliens: Colonial Marines for PS3

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  • awww, no video? :(

  • I am SO excited and anxious for this game (not sure if I want PS3 or Wii U version) but I am a little disappointed that most of the questions picked had the “can’t answer that one yet” answer. Why even bother using those questions or have a Q&A if you can’t answer half the questions?

    PS: A sweet Collector’s Edition with ACTUAL collectibles and not a fake “limited edition” with 3 weapon skins would be awesome! I would give you monies for it!

  • love previous Aliens game from ps1-2. Q, Will we be able to play as aliens? i would love to sneak up on someone just to spit green acid goo in there face. How many types of aliens are there? or are their a few looks that does just a few differnt thing? Is the game XP or straight up shooter play? i would love to beta test is it to late for that?

  • My question is more, should we expect another 6-12 month delay when 4th quarter comes around >_>

  • I’m truly looking forward to this game.

  • I am very excited about this game!!

  • While I am looking forward to the game: this Q&A is garbage. Did Chris actually answer a single question besides confirming split screen multiplayer?!? “As you might imagine, we’re pretty excited to show you what those might look like.” — Yeah, that answers everything.

    • I was hoping to learn more, but there were some interesting details in there — splitscreen, four-player co-op, third-person perspective with the Alien in multiplayer, ability to run on pretty much all surfaces and so forth. They’re being pretty tight-lipped for now but I believe they’re planning new content for E3 that should answer more questions.

  • Beattie_theBeast

    @ 2

    There is a special edition like that, idk of it was fake or not but I saw it a while back. It had the yellow robot thing from aliens 3 like together with a queen alien like they were fighting statue. And it had some like exclusive weapon skins or that type of stuff too. Don’t know if it real or how much it will cost but I saw it a while back so I can’t post a link but you can probably try look it up on google or something.

  • @8 Beattie_theBeast

    I WISH it was real! I saw that and loved it. I think it came out like a year ago…

    Although your lack of knowledge of Aliens disturbs me greatly. The Powerloader (yellow) was only ever in Aliens (2). Alien 3 was on the prison colony. :(

  • @7: You’re absolutely correct and I’m also pissed off by CB’s “non-answer answers” to Sid’s questions.

    I’ve lost most of my respect for Gearbox Software thanks to CB’s lousy answers.

  • Dear Aliens: Colonial Marines …

    Please don’t suck.
    Please don’t suck.
    Please don’t suck.
    Please don’t suck.
    Please don’t suck.
    Please don’t suck.
    Please don’t suck.

    That is all.

  • Wow I am really excited for this now, the only news I heard before was it only had 4 player coop and I knew from the start that would get very boring, now I know it has multiplayer and splitscreen!!! I am pretty much sold on it that it has splitscreen.

  • Oh, cool! I didn’t even know I had questions!

    You guys are really on top of things!

  • Split screen!!! Just another thing to make me more excited about this game!

  • Oh thank god I can play as an alien, I really didn`t like the idea of being forced to play as a marine. I`m a Xenomorph girl, sorry lol. I am against killing the aliens, always have been. A little piece of me dies inside whenever I have to.

  • “Game over man. Game over.”

  • I agree with it being boring to only have the option to play as a marine. Especially a space marine lol. Halo is one of the worst games EVER and gave space marines a real bad rap! I’m very glad to see co-op in this. I hope this game lives up to what it should. It will be a keeper if it does better than Aliens vs Predator.

  • This game looked awesome for PAX. Out of all of Gearbox’s upcoming games, I’m most excited for this – sorry, Borderlands 2. I’ll still pick you up too, but creating 4 all new character classes to replace the old good ones rubs me the wrong way. I’m not a fan of the new Borderlands characters, to be honest.

  • Beattie_theBeast


    Oh so it was fake?

    And haha oops I’ve actually only seen the first alien movie and just parts of 2 and 3 that’s why I don’t know much. Also adding I’m more of a predator guy. But I’m not a crazy movie guy like I rarely ever watch movies so that’s why I haven’t watched those, I will try to watch before the game comes out and possibly try to watch the Prometheus but I don’t watch movies a lot.

    Sorry if I seemed like a hardcore fan, I’m just a kinda mediocre fan lol

  • Good grief all the pics are so close range kill status…these people would be swiss cheese!

    Hello, Acid Blood??

    Well i guess they could have developed acid proof gene thearapy or somthing :D

  • Great!!!!!!!

  • TheOtherMuffnMan

    I’m super excited to play this. Love the Aliens franchise. Better than Predators. Great Job Sid!

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