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Aliens: Colonial Marines dated for February 12, 2013

Gearbox has announced a February 12, 2013 launch for Aliens: Colonial Marines.

The shooter was originally due to launch this coming autumn, but this is the first time the game has been given a specific, written in stone release date.

"Our vision has been to create a video game sequel to the original Alien trilogy," said Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford in a note on the developer's website.

"Our vision is for the game to be fully featured with an exciting, suspenseful, thrilling and action packed narrative campaign that can be played alone or cooperatively combined with a robust competitive game where human players can take on the roles of Colonial Marines or Xenomorphs and do battle online. The game must be authentic.

"It must complement, but not re-tell the events of, the films. It must deliver an original story and fresh experience that, for those of us who grew up loving the Aliens films, builds and expands upon those events, but also stand on its own for those of us who may never have seen the movies."

The new release date currently applies to the PS3, 360 and PC versions of the game: publisher Sega said in a press release it would announce a release date for the Wii U version "at a later time".

We're set to see it in London later this week, but in the meantime, get our last impressions of it here.

New trailer is below.

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