UPDATE: Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford has issued a statement on Aliens: Colonial Marines' latest delay and new release date, and addressed fan complaints that development has taken too long.
He said the total development time will end up being the same as that of Borderlands and the first Brothers in Arms, and blamed the perceived long wait on Colonial Marines' early announcement in December 2006.
"At the beginning of this effort a few years ago, as the business was in place to allow for the effort, everyone was excited. 20th Century Fox and Sega immediately shared the news with a press release that announced that Gearbox would be making a game in the franchise with these goals in mind. Later, the game was revealed with details and a title, Aliens: Colonial Marines, on the cover of Game Informer magazine. At that moment, we had finished our prototypes and were eager to test our promise against fans and then set real production in motion.
"We've remained true to our vision. We've been committed to it, through and through. We've always prioritized the goals we had for the game over any particular launch window. The game's development has been invigorating and natural relative to our experience making games and the objectives for it. Because the game was 'announced' with that original press release, it might feel, to those of you who have been waiting for the game since then, that it has been in development a long time. In fact, with the release date now set, it turns out that the total development time we have spent creating Aliens: Colonial Marines is about the same length of time as we had spent creating the original Borderlands or the original Brothers in Arms - both games that we had waited to announce until we were much farther along in the development process.
"If you have had that feeling that you've been waiting a long time, then today should be a good day for you! We have an official, solid launch date for the game! We're now at a point in development when we can see the end - we know what's left to do and can sufficiently quantify it to be very confident in the schedule for the game's completion and commercial release!"
ORIGINAL STORY: Aliens: Colonial Marines has once again been delayed.
It is due out globally on 12th February 2013. It had been due out autumn 2012.
The new release date applies to the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. A release date for the Wii U version will be revealed "at a later time", publisher Sega said.
"I am thrilled to announce the definitive launch date for Aliens: Colonial Marines," Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford said.
"Aliens: Colonial Marines is the culmination of a life-time of inspiration from the films and relentless passion and drive from the exceptionally talented development team behind the scenes."
Gary Knight, senior vice president of marketing for Sega Europe and Sega of America, added: "We knew this game would be incredible from the moment Gearbox began developing Aliens: Colonial Marines. Now that the title is in its final stretch of development, we can confidently release the exact date that gamers will finally get to experience this blockbuster thrill-ride."
To coincide with the release date announcement Sega released a new Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer, below.