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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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  1. Fiendishly Inventive
    Perhaps I just used the incorrect terminology, I'm fine with certain types of retroactive additions, such as Amanda Ripley encountering the Alien, I'm not so fine with certain other notable types of retroactive additions, such as Ellen Ripley encountering the hive in Alien while saying she doesn't recognise it later on one's contradictory and the other's non-contradictory.

    As for continuity and canon overall, I simply believe with respect to the individual franchises themselves, what's "canon" to Alien only affects it, what's "canon" to Predator only affects it, yet if under AVP's canon and continuity something comes into conflict with information from one stating one thing and one stating another, I personally believe the newest information takes precedence, as such a rule set's proved reliable before.
  2. SM
    It's addition, just as the idea of Ripley having a kid's one.
    Adding to a thing alters it. Ripley having a daughter is also a retcon - it's retroactively adding historical information to her character in Alien. Saying Ripley's daughter went on a great Alien killing scavenger hunt in space is retroactively adding information to Aliens and the series.

    Attempting to retcon the movies does result in a lot of garbage - but also some great stuff. Just like adding new things often results in garbage, or great stuff. It's almost like the retcon aspect isn't the fundamental issue.

    Precisement.
  3. Voodoo Magic
    "We take what we want and leave the rest.  Just like your salad bar."

    Unless you go strictly films, at this point with the Alien EU you have to.

    Take Predator. It was confirmed on screen and by cast members in The Predator that all six films were canon: 4 Predators, 2 AVPs, all canon. Clean and neat.

    But on the Alien side, Prometheus retcons out AvP and the Predator creature, only to rope AvP and the Predator creature back into Alien EU canon per the Weyland-Yutani Report via Fire and Stone and subsequent stories. Of course, adding anything Predator related in Alien EU is canon to the first 1987 Predator film, which is subsequently canon to the AvP films, ultimately snapping the AvP films back into the Alien EU canon.

    So as you can see...

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  4. SiL
    It's addition, just as the idea of Ripley having a kid's one.
    Adding to a thing alters it. Ripley having a daughter is also a retcon - it's retroactively adding historical information to her character in Alien. Saying Ripley's daughter went on a great Alien killing scavenger hunt in space is retroactively adding information to Aliens and the series.

    Attempting to retcon the movies does result in a lot of garbage - but also some great stuff. Just like adding new things often results in garbage, or great stuff. It's almost like the retcon aspect isn't the fundamental issue.
  5. Huggs
    I never saw a problem with mixing and matching whatever you like best, and just enjoying the content.

    Nobody goes to hell or jail if you refuse to believe some established or altered timeline in a fictional universe.
  6. SM
    In a manner of speaking.  'The Company' trying to get their hands on the Aliens, while they already possess the Aliens.

    These things depend on how credibly they're told.
  7. Fiendishly Inventive
    Yes with Amanda Ripley found at the closure, Sevastopol's gone, Alien's gone and nothing's retroactively changed. Apart from perhaps the personal message portion of Ellen Ripley's last report. Also of course the Nostromo's recovered crew logs.
  8. Fiendishly Inventive
    Yes but none of that occurs during Isolation, the Alien does not spread beyond Sevastopol Station, Amanda Ripley still passes away regardless far as we know. Blackout, Defiance, Resistance and Rescue change that yes- but Blackout's just alright, and half of Defiance's alright. 
  9. SiL
    Oh baloney, Amanda Ripley going off on Alien hunting adventures is a retcon; others discovering the derelict and spreading Aliens around before Aliens is a retcon. Saying otherwise is just trying to have your cake and eat it.
  10. Fiendishly Inventive
    I don't remember Isolation retconning anything, in fact, it changes nothing notable, the fact Amanda Ripley did or did not encounter an Alien, changes nothing about Aliens SE or Alien³ SE, I think it's ultimately incorrect to state otherwise.
  11. Fiendishly Inventive
    Totally agreed, so far, attempting to retcon any aspect of Aliens or Alien³ creates only the most notable garbage in the franchise. Looking at Resurrection arguably, ACM, RoP arguably, SoS, F&S arguably, Stasis Interrupted, L&D arguably, The Predator's original ending(s), the sound of Cliff Bleszinski's project, the sound of Frederik Schreiber's project and Neill Blomkamp's alternate sequel idea. None good in my opinion, and we've got two decent Graphic Novel alternate sequels already, but neither superior to the film we got.
  12. Evanus
    Honestly I'm glad this one didn't see the light of day. I'd much rather have something like Isolation again, maybe with marines and more action based gameplay. Or something with more prequel elements, I'd love to see Neomorphs in a game for example.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.).



  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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. 
  22. 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.
  23. 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.”

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  24. 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.
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