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Former Obsidian Designer:  Aliens  RPG Is Canceled
Former Obsidian Designer: Aliens RPG Is Canceled
February 26, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander

February 26, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander
More: Console/PC

Rumors that Sega canceled Obsidian Entertainment's RPG based on the Aliens film appear to be confirmed via a professional networking profile from a former employee of the company.

The employee titles himself as an "Ex-Designer for Obsidian Entertainment," and lists the "canceled third-person action Aliens RPG (Xbox 360, PS3, & PC)" among his work experience.

Earlier this month, consumer weblog Kotaku reported rumors of layoffs at the developer as the in-development RPG was canned -- right after Sega announced it would publish a new Aliens vs. Predator game from developer Rebellion.

With the announcement of the Rebellion title, Sega confirmed it was "strategically updating" the release timing of other Aliens franchise games in its portfolio. Sega gained the license to the franchise through a 2006 deal with 20th Century Fox, and announced the Obsidian title shortly thereafter.

Gamasutra has reached out to the parties for comment and will update as we receive word.

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Tom Newman
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Too bad. We need more non-fantasy themed RPGs.

Kofi Jamal Simmons
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Very true Tom. I like the fantasy stuff, but this could have been something special.

Caleb Garner
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i just wonder how an RPG world would support a single monster type. aliens has always been more about horror and action.

I could see perhaps being in the role of say.. a terraforming colony exposed to a few eggs. kinda like being Newt from day one to the time you see her found by the marines.. still not sure thought..

but i'm a huge fan of these games and would love to see how they make an RPG work. Hopefully cancled was really "on hold" tilll later. i can see why they wouldn't want to release two similar products close together.

Andrew Young
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Caleb, the term RPG doesn't really define the game itself. Technically you could call GTA San Andreas a 3rd person RPG because of the leveling up and the gradual increase of skill set. It has become a very broad term that defines an aspect of the game and not necessarily the game itself.

On that note...It disappoints me greatly that it has been canceled. After the profile in game informer I thought this might make a fun installment to the aliens franchise.

Its unfortunate to see its demise. It looked like it has some innovative elements.

raigan burns
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@caleb: there actually was a proper pen+paper Aliens RPG in the 90s, published by Leading Edge.. can't find much on the internet about it though:

Ryan Wiancko
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Good call about needing more non-fantasy RGP's, better yet we just need more good RPG's

Joshua Kahelin
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This is sad news. I really want to see more CRPGs get made. Obsidian, formed from Ex-Black Isle developers, is one of the only studios left that still makes them in the style that I like. Particularly NWN2: Mask of the Betrayer.