It's a new year which brings about all sorts of self-help resolutions, new beginnings and a healthy dose of optimism. It also brings about expired video game licenses resulting in a slew of titles being removed from digital distributors.
Horses for courses. And Xenomorphs for cramped ceiling ducts.
Episodes from Liberty City, SSFIV, SEGA All-Stars Racing, Superstars V8, Dead to Rights and AVP.
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Update: Rebellion, the tease, has ended speculation and told me this new game relates "definitively" to Sniper Elite.
Oldschool Dave is remaking the Marine missions of tense and terrific shooter Aliens vs. Predator (1999) as a Crysis 2 mod.
UK developer Rebellion desperately wants to make Sniper Elite 3.
Making a new Aliens vs. Predator game isn't even a consideration yet, SEGA West CEO Mike Hayes has told Eurogamer.
It's a very different stance to last March, when Hayes outlined AVP, Alpha Protocol and Bayonetta as SEGA's mainstay shooter, RPG and action franchises.
Even developer Rebellion admitted to being in sequel talks shortly after AVP was released.
Aliens vs. Predator developer Rebellion has a third person shooter in the works for Sony's forthcoming NGP handheld, and is shopping its reworked game engine to publishers in search of more work.
SEGA has said that forthcoming patches for the console versions of Aliens vs. Predator have been "scrapped".
"I've just received a mail this AM regarding patches for the console versions of AVP and I regret to inform everyone that these have sadly been scrapped," assistant community manager 'Clumsyorchid' revealed.
"I had previously made a claim that these were coming and at the time, this was very much on the table. For the console community, I apologise, as I know there are many features and updates that you'd like to see.
SEGA has announced that the second downloadable content pack for Aliens vs. Predator will be released for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on 7th July.
Rebellion boss Jason Kingsley has confirmed Aliens vs Predator for cloud computing service OnLive, GamesIndustry.biz reports.
Horses for courses. And Xenomorphs for cramped ceiling ducts.
As we reach the quarter-century of cross-platform Face-Off features, we thought it was time to do a little spring-cleaning on the format itself. The idea was to supplement the already vast range of video and screenshot assets with additional analysis and data.
The reasoning was that while we love telling you what we think, the more information you have, the more informed your purchasing decisions will be and the more discussion points there are for the inevitable post-article comments pile-up.
So what's new? We've ignored the superior range of surround sound options possessed by the PS3 for too long, so for those of you who have their consoles hooked up to a decent amplifier capable of multiple audio decoding options, now you can see where PS3 employs less compression or additional sound channels. While Xbox 360 games are standardised at max quality 640kbps Dolby Digital 5.1, PlayStation 3 supports the same format and also 5.1 lossless PCM, 7.1 lossless PCM, plus fan-favourite DTS. This is now highlighted for each game.
SEGA's keen to turn Aliens vs. Predator, Alpha Protocol and Bayonetta into franchises, as well as take Total War in "another direction".
"People often ask if we'd take Total War in that [MMO] direction and we're constantly looking at it, but MMO is a very competitive market," SEGA West boss Mike Hayes told CVG. "It goes back to the start of the interview - we want to get the core games right before anything else.
"We've got our shooter with AVP and our RPG with Alpha Protocol - we really want to make that into a franchise. That's the area where we need some success, to sequel-ise that. If you think about it, we can sequel-ise Bayonetta, AVP, Alpha Protocol - if we can make a hit of something like Vanquish - then you add that to Football Manager and Virtua Tennis - we actually have a broad portfolio."
SEGA's first lump of downloadable Aliens vs. Predator content will be released on 18th March.
Rebellion has said it's happy with the critical response to Aliens vs. Predator despite three "totally s*** reviews by some Americans".
"We wanted Aliens vs. Predator to be a critical success as well as a commercial success, which we think we have achieved," CEO Jason Kingsley told Develop following the game's chart-topping exploits in the UK.
"The reviews have been mostly good. We've had three totally s*** reviews by some Americans, which is a bit odd. Some of them were inexcusably bad," he said.
SEGA has taken the UK All-Formats Chart top spot this week with Rebellion's reboot of Aliens vs. Predator.
I'm trying very hard to suppress a Pavlovian instinct over 20 years in the making. As a teenaged boy in the eighties, Aliens and Predator pretty much defined the word "awesome", an ingrained response that has endured ever since.
Even in adulthood, both Cameron and McTiernan's movies stand the test of time. Each is assembled from unforgettably taut set-pieces, incredibly quotable dialogue and pacing that leaves breathing room for both character and mayhem to grow and evolve.
For nearly 20 five years we've absorbed every nuance of these iconic creature designs, every sound effect and music sting, every subtle environmental cue that tells us we're back in a place where acid-bleeding bugs and dreadlocked hunters are waiting to demolish our fragile fleshy bodies.
So I've got myself in something of a situation. I find that I'm spending an increasing amount of time in the company of another who is not a gamer. In a world where everyone's something of a gamer, even if it's just a game of Farmville at lunchtime, or some Bejeweled on the mobile phone, this new friend plays none at all. We do not have this in common.
The quartet of maps exclusive to the Special Edition of Aliens vs. Predator will be offered as DLC to everybody eventually.
Rebellion has apologised for problems affecting matchmaking on the PC and PS3 versions of the Aliens vs. Predator demo released yesterday.
Online multiplayer demos for Aliens vs. Predator and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 await you on the PlayStation Store today. They're both free, so there's no reason not to give these two newcomers a spin.
The original Aliens vs. Predator has been updated to support Steam-powered multiplayer.
SEGA's revealed three Aliens vs. Predator pre-order deals for the UK - one each for GAME, HMV and Play.
SEGA's February-bound Aliens vs Predator will be demoed, presumably prior to release.
SEGA has won its appeal against Aliens vs. Predator's refusal of classification in Australia, meaning the game can be released over there as an MA15+ title.
SEGA plans to release Aliens vs Predator here on 19th February 2010.
SEGA has persuaded renowned actor Lance Henriksen to appear in Aliens vs Predator, due out this February.
Aliens vs. Predator developer Rebellion has refused to "sanitise" its game, claiming the Australian Government does not consider adults "able to make their own entertainment choices".
The Australian Classification Board has refused classification to SEGA and Rebellion's Aliens vs. Predator, barring it from sale in Australia in its current version.
The PC version of licensed shooter Aliens vs Predator will support dedicated servers, according to a new statement made by British developer Rebellion.
Balancing three distinct factions in a competitive multiplayer game is one of the tougher challenges in game design. (Just ask Blizzard, which has seen StarCraft's tenth anniversary come and go before it's managed to nail down the second outing for the Terrans, Protoss and Zerg.) Three is too few to allow for variations on a theme; in such intimate company, each faction is going to have to stand out as an individual in the whole, not just in the detail. Each needs to present a completely rounded, completely unique play style.
SEGA president Mike Hayes has said that the launch of Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines probably won't be scheduled until 6-12 months after Aliens vs. Predator launches in February 2010.
SEGA has been proudly showing off new sections of Aliens vs. Predator at gamescom in Cologne this morning, with Alien gameplay being demonstrated for the first time, alongside new details of the multiplayer.
SEGA has told Eurogamer that Aliens vs. Predator will indeed be released in February, as the official website suggests.
As you're all no doubt aware, the October dates of the Eurogamer Expo are looming ever larger and more tantalisingly on the horizon, and even though we know you have faith in us to put on a show, we thought it only fair to let you know about some of the games you'll be playing there - beginning with SEGA.
Call it Freudian if you like, but I'm a bit of a wet lettuce when it comes to chitinous murder-beasts that impregnate people with their foul spawn, and an ill-advised trip to the Trocadero's Alien War at the tender age of 13 did nothing to endear me to Geiger's scampering Xenomorphs.
SEGA has confirmed the new Aliens vs. Predator game for PC, PS3 and 360, and said we'll be playing it early next year.
SEGA and Twentieth Century Fox have unveiled a brand new Alien vs. Predator game for release next year.