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10:00 AM on 04.23.2013

SimCity, Colonial Marines, and The Silence

Recently, John Walker at Rock, Paper, Shotgun wrote a compelling article on SimCity, and how Electronic Arts' maintenance of radio silence has demonstrated total effectiveness in getting everybody to shut up. The basic argume...

Jim Sterling

12:45 PM on 04.05.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U canceled

Those of you left caring may have noticed Aliens: Colonial Marines missed its Wii U release launch window. There's a very good reason for that -- SEGA finally decided to shoot the lame dog in the head, and has quietly cancele...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 04.03.2013

SEGA admits Colonial Marines trailers are unreflective

Following an upheld complaint with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority, SEGA Europe has admitted that trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines do not reflect the game's final (shoddy) content.  The complaint was upheld...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 03.21.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines 360/PS3 update released

I'm sorry, dear readers. I've still not "gotten over" Aliens: Colonial Marines. After a set period of time, gamers tend to get aggressively apathetic over certain situations, and seem to grow angry if someone else isn't as re...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 03.20.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines 'Bug Hunt' DLC out now

Aliens: Colonial Marines' long-awaited (haha) "Bug Hunt" downloadable content is now available on Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network. It's a wave-based survival mode that, given the general brevity of the game's hyped ...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 03.19.2013

4GB Aliens: Colonial Marines patch available for PC

Gearbox continues to demonstrate that, contrary to popular idioms, you can actually polish a turd. Aliens: Colonial Marines is being made shinier -- but no less stinkier -- in a 4GB PC patch that improves textures, A.I. behav...

Jim Sterling

4:15 PM on 03.07.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines update rolls out for Xbox 360

Gearbox Software has taken steps to make its awful game slightly less awful. The studio's second update for Aliens: Colonial Marines is rolling out on Xbox 360 right now. The update covers issues and bugs found throughou...

Brett Makedonski

4:30 PM on 03.04.2013

Aliens: CM co-creators TimeGate Studios hit with layoffs

TimeGate Studios, one of the development teams that worked on the poorly received Aliens: Colonial Marines, has had some of its staff laid off according to Polygon. The development of the game, its reception, and the story of...

Patrick Hancock

9:00 PM on 02.25.2013

Developer on why Aliens' E3 demo was better than game

That Aliens: Colonial Marines E3 demo sure was neat, but you know what wasn't neat? The actual game. According to an anonymous source that spoke with Kotaku, this was always going to be the case since the demo ran on hardware...

Allistair Pinsof

10:00 AM on 02.24.2013

Anonymous whistle blower claims Gearbox stole from SEGA

[Update: Just to make it clear, I have been able to corroborate the basic information presented by "Danielson," not his more editorialized opinions. I can't back his claims of "embezzlement" -- likely more an emotional respon...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 02.21.2013

TimeGate resumes show a LOT of Colonial Marines work

The Aliens community has been digging hard to get to the bottom of the ever-winding Aliens: Colonial Marines story. The latest development involves the unearthing of a number of resumes attributed to TimeGate employees, revea...

Jim Sterling

2:15 PM on 02.19.2013

Developer: Gearbox lied to SEGA, 2K over Colonial Marines

It's fair to say the Aliens: Colonial Marines story has been a fascinating one. From the years of hype, to the negative reviews, to the later confusion over who actually developed the game, there's a lot of mystery and contro...

Jim Sterling

12:15 PM on 02.19.2013

Gearbox 'looking at' an explanation for Colonial Marines

After breaking his radio silence this morning to respond to lots of praise for Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford went on a bit of a blocking spree, cold-shouldering yours truly and a number of other people...

Jim Sterling

6:20 AM on 02.19.2013

Randy Pitchford has only time for Colonial Marines praise

While the Internet at large still waits for Randy Pitchford -- or anybody -- from Gearbox to come clean and explain what went wrong with Aliens: Colonial Marines, the studio CEO has decided his best course of action is t...

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 02.18.2013

Co-op and horror don't work together in Dead Space 3

The room is dark, cold, and unusually calm. The once bare walkways are now riddled with blood and severed limbs. In the distance, a faint hum can be heard echoing throughout the metal encampment. Its repetition is a solid rem...

Taylor Stein

3:00 PM on 02.18.2013

Jimquisition: Previewed, Preordered, Prescrewed

Preorder culture expects gamers to trust developers more than ever, but how does that work when they inspire so little faith? The "take cash now, provide content later" tactic is currently serving companies well, but with re...

Jim Sterling

11:45 PM on 02.15.2013

PlayStation 4, Watch_Dogs, Destiny, & Iwata's Luigi Hat

Hey guys, if you missed it, here's today's Destructoid Show, which was live earlier. Because we do that every Friday. Lots of news today: Naughty Dog delays The Last Of Us for an extra month. This thing is an actual prototyp...

Max Scoville

6:15 PM on 02.15.2013

Randy Pitchford doesn't like being called a liar

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford raised his head above cover today, making a few indirect Tweets regarding the controversial Aliens: Colonial Marines launch. While he didn't provide an explanation or an apology, he did make it cle...

Jim Sterling

12:15 PM on 02.15.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines not canceled for Wii U

In the fallout of the Aliens: Colonial Marines controversy, fact and fiction are difficult to separate. SEGA has, at least, put paid to one of the not-so-true suggestions, denying rumors that the Wii U version has b...

Jim Sterling

10:45 AM on 02.15.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines 360 save wipe bug

Oh, Aliens: Colonial Marines could really use some bad press? Sure, why not? It's been such a long time since we heard anything negative about it. Try this one on for size -- players are reporting that Xbox 360 save files are...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 02.15.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines mods add better lighting

As usual, unpaid PC gamers have stepped up to the plate and finished what clearly inadequate developers started, adding improvements to the critically mauled Aliens: Colonial Marines. These enhancements add DirectX 10 feature...

Jim Sterling

2:45 PM on 02.14.2013

Gearbox lied about Aliens: From E3 demo to retail product

How often we forget that demos are sales tools, designed to pitch consumers a dream of what may be, not what actually is. Dull knives slice cans like butter, hamburgers perfectly cook on a budget grill, and Aliens: Colonial M...

Allistair Pinsof



TimeGate exec: Aliens was developed 'horizontally'  photo
TimeGate exec: Aliens was developed 'horizontally'
by Allistair Pinsof

After the last couple days of dispute between anonymous Gearbox and TimeGate employees on Reddit, we have a quote that settles the capacity that the two companies worked under on Aliens: Colonial Marines.

"Whereas in a traditional co-dev situations, everyone gets a specific thing to work on; TimeGate and Gearbox do everything horizontally," Robert Siwiak, TimeGate’s VP of business operations said at a Houston IGDA event on August 22.

Horizontal development means each section was created through back-and-forth development with Gearbox. They were not outsourced to develop a particular part of the game, as several Gearbox employees claim.

I can also confirm, through my source, that the Reddit comments are coming from actual TimeGate employees.

This information comes from Houston reporter John-Henry Perera who interviewed Siwiak and tweeted the above quote.

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So ... who the hell DID make Aliens: Colonial Marines? photo
So ... who the hell DID make Aliens: Colonial Marines?
by Jim Sterling

Aliens: Colonial Marines has turned out to be more than just a bad game. It's a confusing story of allegations, outsourcing, and potential deception on a considerable level. The biggest mystery to come out of this debacle is the question of who actually made the game. Nobody's entirely sure.

It was rumored Gearbox outsourced development of at least the campaign to TimeGate Studios, a claim SEGA itself denied. However, with TimeGate, Demiurge, and Nerve Software all credited as having a hand in the project, this situation is as clear as a cracked window covered in black paint. 

Then there's a Reddit post by an anonymous writer who claims to be an ex-Gearbox developer, and a followup post from a self-titled TimeGate employee. These two posts really throw a wrench in the works. 

Here's a rundown of everything that's happened so far!

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7:00 AM on 02.14.2013

Hope for Fallout, doubt for Batman and sadness for Aliens

In another casual conversation from Destructoid's news room, Jordan Devore, Daniel Starkey and and I discuss the possible futures of Batman and Fallout. Plus, we marvel at how spectacularly wrong Aliens: Colonial Marines went.

Conrad Zimmerman

4:45 PM on 02.13.2013

Jimquisition: A-LIE-ns: Colonial Marines

Waking through Gearbox's walkthrough of Aliens: Colonial Marines. That is, the Aliens: Colonial Marines Gearbox wanted the world to believe in, not the one that actually happened. While demo footage is not represen...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 02.13.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines patched on all systems

Gearbox Software has released three big launch patches for all versions of Aliens: Colonial Marines, with a laundry list of improvements.  If you're hoping the patch fixes all the issues that netted the game its current ...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 02.12.2013

Aliens disappoints, Demos kill sales, and Toys are fun

Hello there, boys and girls! It's your creepy uncle Max with another installment of the critically-acclaimed [citation needed] Destructoid Show! Today we talk about Aliens: Colonial Marines, which seems to be the bummer of t...

Max Scoville

1:45 PM on 02.12.2013

SEGA denies Aliens: Colonial Marines was outsourced

Shortly before the embargo broke on Aliens: Colonial Marines reviews, a potential explanation for the game's woeful quality begun to surface. According to reports, Gearbox Software outsourced the solo campaign to TimeGate Stu...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 02.12.2013

Aliens games to play that aren't Aliens: Colonial Marines

Aliens: Colonial Marines is finally out over more than half a decade of waiting, and the disappointment is real enough to lick. It's a terrible letdown, to the point that this particular Aliens fan -- who buys almost anything...

Jim Sterling





11:45 AM on 02.12.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines says hello, my honey

So yeah, Aliens: Colonial Marines is pretty glitchy, but considering the lack of entertainment value in every other facet of the game, I guess we have to take our laughs where we can get them. This, for the record, is worth a solid chuckle.  At least this game's proving itself fertile ground for video clips and .gif silliness!

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 02.12.2013

Reviews Elsewhere: Aliens: Colonial Marines

The verdict is in for Aliens: Colonial Marines, and it's not pretty. Even having beaten the campaign over a week ago, I'm still in a hazy shock over just how bad it was, even by licensed game standards. Of course, I've made i...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 02.12.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines innovates with self-heal glass!

Aliens: Colonial Marines is a stinker, this much is true. However, it's not all bad. As the super-duper really-real canonical sequel to Aliens, Gearbox's outsourced labor of love is rewriting the script on a beloved movie fr...

Jim Sterling



Review: Aliens: Colonial Marines photo
Review: Aliens: Colonial Marines
by Jim Sterling

Aliens: Colonial Marines has been one of my most anticipated games every year for over half a decade. My love of anything distinctly related to Xenomorphs, as well as my general high regard for the majority of Aliens games released over the years, made it a sure winner in my book.

At the start of every year, it made my "most wanted" list, but every single year, it was delayed, consistently pushed back for one reason or another. Rebellion's Aliens vs. Predator, released in 2010, was a playable but disappointing runner-up, and I remained convinced that, with Gearbox's guidance and love for the license, Colonial Marines would be the Aliens game I'd waited for my whole life. 

Boy, do I miss Rebellion's Aliens vs. Predator.

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1:00 PM on 02.11.2013

New releases: Start xenomorph hunting in Aliens

It looks like it's going to be a slightly quiet week for new releases, with only two titles really on my radar. Personally, I'm a bit relieved, as I have a ton of catching up to do. First up, we've long Aliens: Colonial Mari...

Fraser Brown

8:30 AM on 02.07.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines 'Bug Hunt' DLC $14.99 at Walmart

The first bit of Aliens: Colonial Marines has been outed by Walmart. Suspected to be a "horde" mode, the "Bug Hunt" game type has been valued by the retailer at $14.99, though the coupon the mode was outed by suggests Walmart...

Jim Sterling

2:30 PM on 01.30.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines will have a $30 Season Pass

Fresh off the new "kick ass" trailer, we now have more info on Aliens: Colonial Marines -- it will have four pieces of downloadable content at $10 a pop, and a Season Pass for $30. According to the listing, all of the add-ons...

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 01.25.2013

Boob Wars: Colonial Marines, HD Wind Waker & RIP THQ

Hey gang, here's the recording of today's live Destructoid Show! Nintendo Direct happened, so we talked about all of that, and SimCity has new curved roads in it, I hope you're ready for that. That new Aliens: Colonial ...

Max Scoville

11:30 AM on 01.24.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer prepares to kick ass

A new trailer has arrived for Aliens: Colonial Marines, the game that's finally, definitely out in February and nobody can take that away from me. It's a video all about kicking ass, and how the Marines are the ones who shal...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 12.27.2012

Aliens: Colonial Marines gets a story trailer

Here's a hot new trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines, which is finally arriving on February 12 AND THERE'S NOT A DAMN THING ANYBODY CAN DO TO STOP IT. Except, delay it. I guess they could delay it.  Anyway, check out t...

Jim Sterling