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Cliff Bleszinski Reveals That Boss Key Productions Were In Talks To Make Newt-Focused Alien Shooter!

After nearly 2 years of negotiations and approvals that started in December 2017, Disney officially became the owners 20th Century Fox as of March 2019. Since then Disney has been sorting out all its new assets, such as re-branding to 20th Century Studios and selling Cold Iron Studios – we still don’t know how that effects the Alien game they’ve been working on. According to Cliff Bleszinski, a different Alien game was also a victim of the Disney deal.

Bleszinski, who is well known as his role of design director for Epic Games, and co-founder of Boss Key Productions, revealed on Twitter (via Happy Gamer) that his previous studio had actually been in talks to develop a new Aliens shooter that would have served as an alternate sequel to Aliens focusing on an adult Newt!

Before BKP shut down we were in talks to do a new game in the Aliens franchise with Fox. Then Disney bought them and that got lost in the shuffle, darnit. Ripley would be alive and be your “Cortana/Anya.” You’d play as grown Newt. On Earth. Weyland-Yutani are weaponizing the aliens in a Black Mesa style facility and, of course, all hell breaks loose. Your robotic pal i.e. Bishop? A new one named “Casey” after her doll in Aliens.

 Cliff Bleszinski Reveals That Boss Key Productions Were In Talks To Make Newt-Focused Alien Shooter!

A panel from Aliens: Book Two (aka Nightmare Asylum) where Hicks and an adult Newt escape an Alien’s acid damage.

Boss Key Productions (aka BKP) shut down in May 2018, while the Disney/Fox merger was still taking place, following the commercial failures of LawBreakers and Radical Heights. How do you feel about the possibility of a game focused around Newt? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Comments: 38
  1. Adam802
    It really sucks that the best story setup for an Aliens game imo was taken by that pile of shit ACM.  A new marine squad being sent to check what happened to the squad from the movie is an awesome setup and actually continues the Alien storyline post-Alien 3.  Unfortunately ACM botched it by having the rest of the actual story suck.  So they ruined that setup now and I dont think another game will want to use the same story setup.
  2. SuperiorIronman
    Wait, they actually *shot* that dumb Newt idea? I'm flabbergasted. Seriously? In what universe does that even begin to make sense to anybody? All I can think is that the makers of that movie must have actively set out to sabotage the franchise, I mean it's dead already, why not play around with the corpse...

    The film got butchered in the editing bay. Neither of the endings had been intended but had been made anyways due to a mixture of cuts, test-screening reactions, and making something so weird it would immediately get cut for the lesser evil. An Iron-Predator is a lot less crazy than someone from the future being in the pod.

    The Predator is text-book example of how Fox needed to f**k off on the series because for as bad as the initial script got, any and all attempts at fixing it just made the problem worse and cost them money.
  3. Schrödinger
    Fuuuuuck. All the good stuff with potential always gets canned... Especially Singleplayer Storybased games >.< (Even though it's clear based on the market that people will still pay full price or way more for a great SP game. And yes I know this game wouldn't be "Canon" but something doesn't NEED to be canon to be good. Plenty of offshoots are fun as hell, which is what gaming is about, fun.).



  4. dinosauriac
    Wait, they actually *shot* that dumb Newt idea? I'm flabbergasted. Seriously? In what universe does that even begin to make sense to anybody? All I can think is that the makers of that movie must have actively set out to sabotage the franchise, I mean it's dead already, why not play around with the corpse...

    I'm guessing the Alien game is going to be quietly cancelled / forgotten about now that Fox doesn't have much of a stake in it, and that Fox itself will be sold off because current Disney leadership doesn't understand the concept of alternative labels under umbrella companies. It'll happen, as stupid as it sounds, mark my words.

    Just hoping that Hunting Grounds is a least passable as the final thing we get to play for the next decade outside of further inevitable mobile tie-ins.
  5. Wweyland
    We need more Alien games so I would have been fine with this bonkers idea.
    Makes more sense than the alternate ending for The Predator with Newt.
    Just hope that the Cold Iron one is not cancelled.
  6. Corporal Hicks
    I've got to disagree with Amanda brought nothing to the game. I thought she worked so well as the emotional core of it. Finding that message was heart-wrenching.

    Every time it comes up, I agree with the suggestion to move away from old characters. Zula proved you can make interesting new characters. Let's keep that up.

    I'll always be disappointed about missing out on new games though.
  7. PsyKore
    Yeah, it's silly they can't write fresh characters not related to existing ones. They got lucky Isolation was an ok game, but Amanda still didn't really bring anything significant to the table apart from having the Ripley name. The other characters she met or who were around her tended to be much more interesting.
  8. JokersWarPig
    As much as I love trolling through random threads spouting about Hicks being alive, and as much as I like Isolation, I really, really would like us to get away from movie characters and/or their relatives.

    Movie characters?  As in previous characters in movies i.e. Ripley, Newt, David, Peter Weyland, etc. and everyone related to them?

    characters not directly from one of the movies or direct relatives of them (like Amanda). Weyland relatives I'd say are fine though since its kind of a "must".

    It's a big universe, let some new people get terrorized/be the focus.
  9. Kimarhi
    The whole series should be rebooted.  Including the f**ktardness of multiple generations of alien survivors combating multiple generations of Aliens. 

    I thought they were going with a Newt during Hadley's type of scenario which would've been alright as an Isolation dlc.  I'd play it, the same way my dumbass bought Colonial Marines, but I have a feeling I'd be just as disappointed. 
  10. JokersWarPig
    As much as I love trolling through random threads spouting about Hicks being alive, and as much as I like Isolation, I really, really would like us to get away from movie characters and/or their relatives.
  11. Voodoo Magic
    #CountMeIn

    That simple synopsis had me far more intrigued than anything the franchise has produced since Aliens.

    • "You’d play as grown Newt. On Earth. Weyland-Yutani are weaponizing the aliens in a Black Mesa style facility and, of course, all hell breaks loose. Your robotic pal i.e. Bishop? A new one named “Casey” after her doll in Aliens.”

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/3ov9jMnqbCr6I0w6yI/giphy.gif
  12. SuperiorIronman
    I'm at this point not convinced an Alien game announcement is anything but a fever dream seeing nothing but Blackout can ever come out. You release a new Alien product every time you sneeze but for some reason can't get a video-game to happen.
  13. Drukathi
    I just don't care about canon. Films are films. They are primary. Everything else: games, books, comics is just a great opportunity to have fun and tell a "different" story. They have no effect on the primary story. Nothing to worry about.
  14. Fiendishly Inventive
    I'd really honestly rather Rebecca Jorden/Newt, Dwayne Hicks and Ellen Ripley all stay in the graveyard, but if you've got to do it, you've got one chance to make it worthwhile. Do it professionally with the people who deserve to, all the first three Alien films created parts of the franchise so iconic, parts of them exist in everything the franchise releases now. Personally one of the reasons I think to get it right an alternate sequel requires James Cameron or David Fincher, or both, anything else just feels wrong.
  15. Fiendishly Inventive
    Look even if you want to bring Rebecca Jorden/Newt, Dwayne Hicks and Ellen Ripley back you don't do it any other way apart from on film. Seriously, I'd ideally want James Cameron and David Fincher back, together. And, dubious, is putting it lightly.
  16. Drukathi
    Well, I like the idea. Why not? If you like Alien 3 go watch the film. If you want options - please welcome.

    But.. Earth, man. What a s@@thole. Even Ridley said: "Aliens on Earth - it's boring".

    Plus, previous BKP game - LawBreakers was of rather dubious quality.
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