The Aliens: Crucible RPG that Obsidian was building for Sega was a kind of survival game that allowed you to build a base and improve it over time.
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There's definitely something big in the works at Obsidian beyond South Park and Project Eternity, and "it is already looking great", studio CEO Feargus Urquhart told me in an email overnight.
Judging by a 13-minute gameplay video that's appeared on the internet, Obsidian's Aliens RPG was ready to ship, as studio boss Feargus Urquhart once said it was.
The video's resolution doesn't climb above 480p and the environments are primarily dark, so it's hard to get an accurate idea of texture detail. But at a glance it passes as a finished product. It's not as visually stunning as space RPG Mass Effect; it's roughly similar in terms of visual quality to Obsidian's spy RPG Alpha Protocol.
The characters are voiced and there are naughty swear words as the player explores the interior of what looks like a spaceship with his four comrades. There are dialogue options at one point.
Once upon a time Sega had an Aliens RPG and an Aliens FPS. The Aliens FPS became Aliens: Colonial Marines; the Aliens RPG was canned.
Developer Obsidian has revealed that its canned Aliens RPG was very nearly finished.
Obsidian has confirmed that the Aliens role-playing game it was developing for SEGA has been canned.
In a post on its forums, an Obsidian staffer said, "Unfortunately, it is true that we are no longer working on the game, and we wanted to finally announce that officially to everyone who has been following its development... it is no longer a product that is in development."
SEGA subsequently confirmed the news, spotted by Giant Bomb, with a statement. "At this point, SEGA has no plans to move forward with the Aliens RPG. The Aliens franchise offers us so much content to choose from that we feel it important to take a step back and carefully consider the type of game we want to release," the publisher said.
Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford has let fly a few plot details for his team's upcoming Aliens-inspired first-person shooter.
SEGA has enlisted seasoned PC and console developer Gearbox Software to create a first-person shooter based on the Alien film franchise.
The news comes hot on the heels of an announcement that Neverwinter Nights 2 developer Obsidian Entertainment will be producing a role-playing game based on the films.
Earlier this week SEGA revealed it had secured the rights to create next-generation games based on the enduring sci-fi favourite.
SEGA has confirmed that Obsidian Entertainment will be developing its upcoming Alien RPG for next-generation systems.