Colonial Marines to clear up Alien 3′s “inconsistencies”

Wednesday, 4th April 2012 23:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The über-fans at Gearbox are delighted to be letting fans in on largely unknown backstory with Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Speaking to Joystiq, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said that Colonial Marines makes Alien 3 “a better film”.

“I think [Alien 3] is a great film, but there were some weird things that we didn’t quite make sense of. Inconsistencies with the canon that were created,” he said.

“And it turns out that they’re not inconsistencies – there are reasons for things.”

These previously unrevealed connections will be amde clear in Colonial Marines, something Pitchford is understandably excited about.

“We get to be the ones that get to connect all that up and make it clear. The fact that we can do it in video game form is just amazing.”

That said, Colonial Marines isn’t just a bit of fan service for those who already geek out over the ranchise.

“Let’s say you’re one of those who didn’t watch the Alien films but you love action-shooter games. Having this entry point into the source of all that inspiration is neat because you don’t have to go watch a film from 1986,” Pitchford said.

“You can play a modern game built with today’s technology and future technology that’s built for modern sensibilities, but still get that grounding point and see where the source is.”

Aliens: Colonial Marines is due in northern autumn on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with a Wii U version undated.



  1. The_Red

    Great news. I really like Alien 3 and would love to see this game have connections to that as well as A2.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Any examples? All i remember happening in A3 is face huggers were on the ship, one ‘inpregnated’, Ripley. The ship crashes on a prision planet, only Ripley survives, a face hugger turns a dog into an alien, death ensues. I dont recall any points that a ‘Aliens .5′ would clear up.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. LOLshock94


    #3 3 years ago
  4. Deacon

    Alien 3 gets a lot more flack than it deserves IMO.

    Would certainly like to know what they mean by this.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @2: I don’t wanna be THAT GUY, but if you google Alien 3 and Plot-Holes you’ll find some.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. The_Red

    Even with the said plot-holes, it was still a more Alien movie compared to Aliens. Now don’t get me wrong. I like Cameron’s Aliens but it was really an action movie with hundreds of xenomorphs. I prefer to feel of the original which had only one main xeno to scare and kill the whole characters.
    Also, Prometheus can’t come soon enough!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. LOLshock94

    alien 3 the whole movie was a plot hole such a shitty script they picked, early scripts of it made more sense then the final script. But the only plot holes i can think of which colonials marines can fix is how those 2 eggs got on the ship and more shit about wey land

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    So the egg on the Sulaco seems to be the biggest plot hole, i guess they could fix that in CM, but it really isnt that major, its hardly going to “Make Alien 3 better”. See, it was pretty easy to just assume the Queen put it on there (somehow) or Bishop picked one up seeing as he had such an interest in the Face Huggers. No biggy.
    Apparently there was actually only one Face Hugger/egg on the Sulaco so the fact it implanted an alien in both Ripley and the dog is a plot hole, but whatever, so MC will have like, two shot Face Huggers, i guess. Ok.

    You know, the biggest plot hole is how A:MC can even have a location to be set in;
    “In Nineteen minutes this area is going to be a cloud of vapor the size of Nebraska.”
    Why u lie, Bishop?!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. jony_dols

    I have only ever seen Alien 3: The Assembly Cut, that came with the Blu Ray Anthology. And I thought that it was excellent; very dark & gritty. A quintessentially David Fincher-esque film. It you have never seen The Assembly Cut, then I’d definitely advise people to give it a chance & watch it!

    #9 3 years ago

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