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[Exclusive] Aliens: Infiltrator, Prequel Novel To Cold Iron Studios Game, Cover Art Reveal!

The Video Game Awards may have come and gone without any news on Cold Iron Studios upcoming Alien game, but the brand new prequel novel from Weston Oche and Titan books, Aliens: Infiltrator, is just over the horizon! And to help get everyone excited, Titan Books has given Alien vs. Predator Galaxy the task of revealing the upcoming book’s cover art!

The official prequel to the new Alien video game from Cold Iron Studios. Dr. Timothy Hoenikker arrives on Pala Station, a Weyland-Yutani facility. Lured there by the promise of alien artifacts, instead he finds a warped bureaucracy and staff of misfits testing the effects of Xenomorph bio-materials on living creatures. Unbeknownst to the personnel, however, there is an infiltrator among them whose actions could spell disaster. Also on staff is Victor Rawlings, a former marine who gathers together other veterans to prepare for the worst. As the personnel receive a delivery of alien eggs, the experiments spin out of control, and only the former Colonial Marines can stand between the humans and certain death.

 [Exclusive] Aliens: Infiltrator, Prequel Novel To Cold Iron Studios Game, Cover Art Reveal!

Aliens: Infiltrator is currently slated for release just before Alien Day, on the 20th of April 2021! It is now available for pre-order from Amazon (US/UK). You can also find out more about Weston on his website!

In related news, the cover artwork for Alex White’s upcoming novel has also been revealed! Alex took to Twitter to share off this artwork by Marco Turini!

 [Exclusive] Aliens: Infiltrator, Prequel Novel To Cold Iron Studios Game, Cover Art Reveal!

“Shy” Hunt and the tech team from McAllen Integrations thought they’d have an easy job–set up environmental systems for the brand new Hasanova Data Solutions colony, built on the abandoned ruins of a complex known as “Charybdis.” There are just two problems: the colony belongs to the Iranian state, so diplomacy is strained at best, and the complex is located above a series of hidden caves that contain deadly secrets. When a bizarre ship lands on a nearby island, one of the workers is attacked by a taloned creature, and trust evaporates between the Iranians and Americans. The McAllen Integrations crew are imprisoned, accused as spies, but manage to send out a distress signal… to the Colonial Marines.

Into Charybdis will be releasing before Infiltrator, on the 23rd of February, and is likewise available to pre-order from Amazon (US/UK).

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  1. Nukiemorph
    Q&A with Weston on the Aliens Fireteam Elite Discord channel happening right now.

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    **Jake (Dutch) — Today at 9:48 AM
    #myquestion
    Hi Weston, I've got a few questions:
    1) If given the opportunity, would you (and your wife) ever return to the Alien franchise to write another story?**

    A: Yes. It might even be happening now.

    I’m hoping that if he is writing another book, he isn’t bogged down with restraints and mandates like he clearly was for Infiltrator.
  2. HuDaFuK
    I wasn't so much referring to the novelisations, because I really enjoy most of those :)

    I'd forgot about Hunters and Hunted. Definitely the best of the bunch but I still didn't think it was anything particularly special.
  3. HuDaFuK
    To be a little more constructive than in my previous post:

    I did think the novel picked up considerably once Aliens were actually running amok, and I even quite enjoyed the interplay between the hero group and their adversaries in the midst of an Alien outbreak, but none of this happened until really late in the game and then the book just kind of ended with no real climax. It's by no means the worst Alien novel I've ever read - I'm not sure anything about it was even especially bad - but it was thoroughly by-the-numbers and middle-of-the-road.

    It felt every bit the media tie-in it was. Has there even been a good video game tie-in book?
  4. Corporal Hicks
    Just finished a second re-read in prep for podcast and review, and man this novel really frustrated me at the end of it. So many concepts I've been dying to see explored, just wasted crammed into this novel.  >:(
  5. BlueMarsalis79
    Like the
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    The Leon? I'm not entirely sure. It did not leave that big an impression. Apart from being in essence an oversized chameleon that I am not clear on the appearance of otherwise. 
  6. Protomorph
    Finished it:

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  7. SM
    Okay so finished it.

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  8. Gentleman Death
    I'm about two thirds through this and surprised that I'm really digging it.

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    It’s definitely not a bad book. I just wish it wasn’t a game tied in as a few things were left unsaid or just completely dropped.
  9. SM
    I'm about two thirds through this and surprised that I'm really digging it.

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  10. Nukiemorph
    5 or 6 here too.

    I was feeling 5 at first, largely because it felt like the book teased a lot of things but never paid them off, like
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    But hearing him specify in the Studio Yutani interview that he was instructed to tease things that would be paid off in the game, I’ll forgive it and go with a 6.
  11. Corporal Hicks
    So I'm a couple of chapters in and mercifully a number of character names have been changed from the outline.

    But that 223 thing is an absolute howler...

    Did the outline you read include

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    I kept trying to figure out which character he was supposed to be originally.

    Every character bar two in the outline was named after a cast or key crew member of Aliens or Alien3. And there was a LOT of characters. So far there's only Fairbank, Matthews and Rawlings. There's a character called Cruz (Ross originally) but I don't think it's a nod to Raymond Cruz.

    God, the ones that made it in were distracting enough.

    Just finished reading it. In short, I thought it was ok. I enjoyed it just a bit more than Stalking Shadows or Alien: Isolation, but Titan is still suffering the video game novel curse IMHO. Lots of interesting little things in there that didn't really make it into a complete or satisfying story IMHO. None of the characters really clicked with me. Cruz was kinda interesting by the end, but Hoenikker just bored the crap out of me. Then when Cruz called him a fool and idiot, I was like "yep."

    I'm trying to decide between a 5 or a 6. But I'll make my mind up when I do a full review.
  12. Nukiemorph
    Finally finished.

    I’m watching the Studio Yutani interview now that I don’t need to avoid spoilers. Westin says the the Leon will show up in the game, so we’ll get to see a visualization to clear up the shoddy book description.

    Hearing Weston say the end of the book is the very beginning of the game makes it a little more enjoyable.
  13. Nukiemorph
    Also what's up how easily they just somehow
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  14. SM
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    I am always told bluray menus don't count as canon

    Told by whom?

    I wasn't a fan of LV-223 being in Z2R personally.  Iota Persei was a better choice based on the distance stated in the film.  However CdL does that stuff and works closely with Ridley and was involved in the film's production, plus it's been pretty locked in ever since so I just go with it.

    Easter Eggs and Blu-ray menus don't count as canon otherwise the whole thing about Eldon Tyrell would be canon, and we both know Alien and Blade Runner aren't in the same universe.

    The Blu-ray doesn't feature the name "Eldon Tyrell".  I don't see it as an either/ or absolute.  Especially when the guy who wrote it said it wasn't to be taken seriously anyway.
  15. Xenomrph
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    I am always told bluray menus don't count as canon

    Told by whom?

    I wasn't a fan of LV-223 being in Z2R personally.  Iota Persei was a better choice based on the distance stated in the film.  However CdL does that stuff and works closely with Ridley and was involved in the film's production, plus it's been pretty locked in ever since so I just go with it.

    Easter Eggs and Blu-ray menus don't count as canon otherwise the whole thing about Eldon Tyrell would be canon, and we both know Alien and Blade Runner aren't in the same universe.
    It could be a different, but functionally similar, Eldon Tyrell. Weyland could know a Tyrell who is a contemporaneous robotics pioneer, but isn't literally the same Eldon Tyrell from Blade Runner in 2019 and the events of Blade Runner still didn't take place in the Alien universe. Retrofitting the BR character into the Alien universe, basically. The Alien RPG does a lot of that stuff with its references to the old EU and other non-Alien stuff like the Alien3 scripts, Outland, etc.

    But Disney doesn't own the Bladerunner IP
    They don’t have to - they don’t own Outland and that’s referenced in the RPG, too.

    From what I understand, those Blade Runner references were thrown in for fun by the author of the blu-ray with no oversight or consultation. Not really the person you want making big canon decisions.

    (The Prometheus blu-ray also establishes that the derelict beacon is already transmitting during the Prometheus mission. I think it’s still up in the air as to whether or not that’s true, but I don’t want the guy who put the blu ray together making that decision.)
    They wouldn’t be making that decision, though. That would be someone like Andrew Gaska retroactively saying “yeah that’s canon, and here’s how it fits”.

    -- edit, just asked him, and an Eldon Tyrell reference could work exactly the way I'd proposed it.
  16. Nukiemorph
    From what I understand, those Blade Runner references were thrown in for fun by the author of the blu-ray with no oversight or consultation. Not really the person you want making big canon decisions.

    (The Prometheus blu-ray also establishes that the derelict beacon is already transmitting during the Prometheus mission. I think it’s still up in the air as to whether or not that’s true, but I don’t want the guy who put the blu ray together making that decision.)
  17. Delta Echo Alpha Delta
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    I am always told bluray menus don't count as canon

    Told by whom?

    I wasn't a fan of LV-223 being in Z2R personally.  Iota Persei was a better choice based on the distance stated in the film.  However CdL does that stuff and works closely with Ridley and was involved in the film's production, plus it's been pretty locked in ever since so I just go with it.

    Easter Eggs and Blu-ray menus don't count as canon otherwise the whole thing about Eldon Tyrell would be canon, and we both know Alien and Blade Runner aren't in the same universe.
    It could be a different, but functionally similar, Eldon Tyrell. Weyland could know a Tyrell who is a contemporaneous robotics pioneer, but isn't literally the same Eldon Tyrell from Blade Runner in 2019 and the events of Blade Runner still didn't take place in the Alien universe. Retrofitting the BR character into the Alien universe, basically. The Alien RPG does a lot of that stuff with its references to the old EU and other non-Alien stuff like the Alien3 scripts, Outland, etc.

    But Disney doesn't own the Bladerunner IP
  18. Xenomrph
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    I am always told bluray menus don't count as canon

    Told by whom?

    I wasn't a fan of LV-223 being in Z2R personally.  Iota Persei was a better choice based on the distance stated in the film.  However CdL does that stuff and works closely with Ridley and was involved in the film's production, plus it's been pretty locked in ever since so I just go with it.

    Easter Eggs and Blu-ray menus don't count as canon otherwise the whole thing about Eldon Tyrell would be canon, and we both know Alien and Blade Runner aren't in the same universe.
    It could be a different, but functionally similar, Eldon Tyrell. Weyland could know a Tyrell who is a contemporaneous robotics pioneer, but isn't literally the same Eldon Tyrell from Blade Runner in 2019 and the events of Blade Runner still didn't take place in the Alien universe. Retrofitting the BR character into the Alien universe, basically. The Alien RPG does a lot of that stuff with its references to the old EU and other non-Alien stuff like the Alien3 scripts, Outland, etc.
  19. Nukiemorph
    For the record, I don’t hold typos against the author. They happen. It just makes a bad impression as a whole when nobody else catches them or the LV-223 thing before publishing.

    Anyway, I’m only about a third of the way through. It’s okay so far. Not hating it despite my gripes. Honestly, Cruz is the only character who feels developed and interesting to me at this point.

    Okay, this definitely got more interesting once
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  20. Protomorph
    The Leon description really bugged me too. The leg description seemed to almost contradict itself. We also don't really get much description of what it looked like before
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    so I don't know what exactly changed. How asymmetrical is the design? Was it always naturally that way or is it super messed up now?

    I also wasn't sure if "center leg" was a typo and he meant to say "center legs".
    I've noticed a lot of typos on this book, so I'm starting to make that assumption.

    *salutes Protomorph and Stitch with coffee cup*

    The most annoying typo to hit me so far was:
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    Absolutely, i've seen a few instances of spelling and grammar issues also something where the book said it had entered someones room, Fairbanks I think it was then the next sentence they were looking into his room from the corridor.

    I'm quite enjoying the book anyway despite the errors i've found.
  21. Delta Echo Alpha Delta
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    I am always told bluray menus don't count as canon

    Told by whom?

    I wasn't a fan of LV-223 being in Z2R personally.  Iota Persei was a better choice based on the distance stated in the film.  However CdL does that stuff and works closely with Ridley and was involved in the film's production, plus it's been pretty locked in ever since so I just go with it.

    Easter Eggs and Blu-ray menus don't count as canon otherwise the whole thing about Eldon Tyrell would be canon, and we both know Alien and Blade Runner aren't in the same universe.
  22. SM
    The Leon description really bugged me too. The leg description seemed to almost contradict itself. We also don't really get much description of what it looked like before
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    so I don't know what exactly changed. How asymmetrical is the design? Was it always naturally that way or is it super messed up now?

    I also wasn't sure if "center leg" was a typo and he meant to say "center legs".
    I've noticed a lot of typos on this book, so I'm starting to make that assumption.

    *salutes Protomorph and Stitch with coffee cup*

    The most annoying typo to hit me so far was:
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    Missed that.

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  23. Nukiemorph
    The Leon description really bugged me too. The leg description seemed to almost contradict itself. We also don't really get much description of what it looked like before
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    so I don't know what exactly changed. How asymmetrical is the design? Was it always naturally that way or is it super messed up now?

    I also wasn't sure if "center leg" was a typo and he meant to say "center legs".
    I've noticed a lot of typos on this book, so I'm starting to make that assumption.

    *salutes Protomorph and Stitch with coffee cup*

    The most annoying typo to hit me so far was:
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  24. Protomorph
    I thought that's because of the long voyage, "By the time you reach your destination I will be long dead." meaning that he's alive when the ship departed and so remained as such far as the general public's concerned anyway, until the vessel disappeared.

    Apart from if you imply he faked his death then. If granted eternal life did he expect to be welcomed with open arms after doing that? It does not make much sense to me.

    The company flagship disappearing along with it's founder's a much bigger deal than one tugboat going missing after being covertly diverted from it's destination, the truth concerning one can be covered up much easier as an internal affair, the other's basically public.
    The implication I got was that Weyland was supposed to be on Earth, and would likely be dead by the time that Prometheus arrived at its destination. The twist is that he wasn't, but it makes sense for people both on Earth and on the Prometheus to believe he was.

    Flagship or not, Weyland was a big company with a lot of projects going on. I imagine that the disappearance of one ship would be newsworthy, but maybe not as much as you'd think. The death of Weyland could also be covered up by the company with the explanation that he was a very old man, and the new of the ship's MIA status was what caused his death; heart attack or something like that.

    As for the eternal life thing, I imagine it wasn't actually planned, either by the filmmakers or the characters themselves. I mean, if you're going on a last ditch effort to save your own skin, how much do you really believe it'll happen?

    What do you think LEON-895 looks like. It's described as looking like this.....but an element confuses me:

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    I thought that was a bad description as well. The only way I figured it could look is
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    I also considered that look myself. It's very odd to form a picture of it based on that description.
  25. Stitch
    I thought that's because of the long voyage, "By the time you reach your destination I will be long dead." meaning that he's alive when the ship departed and so remained as such far as the general public's concerned anyway, until the vessel disappeared.

    Apart from if you imply he faked his death then. If granted eternal life did he expect to be welcomed with open arms after doing that? It does not make much sense to me.

    The company flagship disappearing along with it's founder's a much bigger deal than one tugboat going missing after being covertly diverted from it's destination, the truth concerning one can be covered up much easier as an internal affair, the other's basically public.
    The implication I got was that Weyland was supposed to be on Earth, and would likely be dead by the time that Prometheus arrived at its destination. The twist is that he wasn't, but it makes sense for people both on Earth and on the Prometheus to believe he was.

    Flagship or not, Weyland was a big company with a lot of projects going on. I imagine that the disappearance of one ship would be newsworthy, but maybe not as much as you'd think. The death of Weyland could also be covered up by the company with the explanation that he was a very old man, and the new of the ship's MIA status was what caused his death; heart attack or something like that.

    As for the eternal life thing, I imagine it wasn't actually planned, either by the filmmakers or the characters themselves. I mean, if you're going on a last ditch effort to save your own skin, how much do you really believe it'll happen?

    What do you think LEON-895 looks like. It's described as looking like this.....but an element confuses me:

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    I thought that was a bad description as well. The only way I figured it could look is
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  26. Protomorph
    What do you think LEON-895 looks like. It's described as looking like this.....but an element confuses me:

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  27. SM
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    Didn’t bother me, personally. I can see myself saying that in real life...

    It's more the word 'backstory'.  Very clunky when 'background' sounds better.

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    I am always told bluray menus don't count as canon

    Told by whom?

    I wasn't a fan of LV-223 being in Z2R personally.  Iota Persei was a better choice based on the distance stated in the film.  However CdL does that stuff and works closely with Ridley and was involved in the films production, plus it's been pretty locked in ever since so I just go with it.
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