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Updated: Pathogen Enemies Featured in Aliens: Fireteam Elite!

Shared to social media by Cold Iron today, we have our first good look at some of the Pathogen (or ‘Black Goo’) based enemies we’ll be facing when Aliens: Fireteam Elite releases next month! Meet the ‘Popper’ and the ‘Stalker.’

 Pathogen Enemies Featured in Aliens: Fireteam Elite!
Their ghostly white appearance definitely give us some Neomorph vibes!

From Cold Iron:

“Pathogen enemies will quickly rush at your fireteam and surround you if you’re not cautious. Popper explosions can stack up even faster than your average acid blood shower, and when a Stalker’s in the mix their camouflage can quickly lead to unpleasant surprises.”

Cold Iron has confirmed for us that one of the creatures featured in the prequel novel Aliens: Infiltrator was indeed a ‘Stalker.’

Also, based on our time with a preview build of Aliens: Fireteam Elite, we can confirm another Pathogen enemy…

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Aliens: Fireteam Elite is currently up for Pre-Order for PC (Steam), PS4/PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S

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UPDATE

Cold Iron has just shared some concept art for a ‘Stalker’ Pathogen enemy, also known as ‘Leon-895.’

 Pathogen Enemies Featured in Aliens: Fireteam Elite!
Via Cold Iron:

“There have been documented cases of some unknown factor inducing rapid changes to local animal life on settled exoplanets – both native species and those imported from Earth. The 6-legged camouflaging Leon-895 has certainly changed significantly.”



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  1. acrediblesource
    If they are saying 11 of them are a model of xenomorph (created in the same way xenomorphs are-and not the wayother 'morphs' are created), then you can count the two pathogens out maybe even facehuggers are another form other than xenomorphs. But otherwise there are a total of 20, 10 include sythetics (seegson type 1, WY soldier,....then throw in the lot of misc aliens., there are quite about left over).

    Quote from: Hemi on Jul 26, 2021, 05:46:56 AM
    QuoteFace overwhelming odds against over 20 enemy types, including 11 different Xenomorphs along the evolutionary scale from Facehuggers to Praetorians, each designed with their own intelligence to ambush, outsmart and eviscerate vulnerable marines.

    11 Xeno's are in the game. Lets make a list then and cross things off:

    1. Facehugger
    2. Praetorian
    3. Queen (trailer)
    4. Drone
    5. Spitter
    6. Black goo headcrab
    7. Black goo trilobite
    8. Runner
    9. Warrior
    10. Burster
    11. Prowler

    Hmmm... Crap... No more room for Neo unless they count the Black goo enemies as 1.  :'(

    I dislike Prometheus and Covenant, but I do find the Neomorphs fun. And since we are using all kinds of stuff in the game, this one would have been great to see. Maybe even get it bursting out backs of infected soldiers etc.
  2. Hemi
    QuoteFace overwhelming odds against over 20 enemy types, including 11 different Xenomorphs along the evolutionary scale from Facehuggers to Praetorians, each designed with their own intelligence to ambush, outsmart and eviscerate vulnerable marines.

    11 Xeno's are in the game. Lets make a list then and cross things off:

    1. Facehugger
    2. Praetorian
    3. Queen (trailer)
    4. Drone
    5. Spitter
    6. Black goo headcrab
    7. Black goo trilobite
    8. Runner
    9. Warrior
    10. Burster
    11. Prowler

    Hmmm... Crap... No more room for Neo unless they count the Black goo enemies as 1.  :'(

    I dislike Prometheus and Covenant, but I do find the Neomorphs fun. And since we are using all kinds of stuff in the game, this one would have been great to see. Maybe even get it bursting out backs of infected soldiers etc.

  3. seattle24
    Quote from: 426Buddy on Jul 25, 2021, 07:42:38 PM
    It is a lil funny that people would to point things lifted from Halflife or Warhammer since they lifted from this franchise. It's a nice little cycle of inspiration.

    I don't think anyone is unaware of that. The headcrab clearly riffs off the facehugger but it looks different enough to merit it as its own thing. This pathogen creature from AFE is literally the headcrab with a white paint job (the smaller one). It's not full-cycle it's stale.
  4. PraetorianX101
    Well, I don't mind that Poppers look like Headcrabs considering the fact that the Headcrabs' design was heavily inspired by Facehuggers anyway. So I just think of them as the pathogen equivalent of facehuggers. ;)
  5. Hemi
    I would expect they tore a few things from the preview version that Hicks and Ridge got to play. Lets also not forget the Hammerpede, those could be fun mixed with facehuggers. But yeah... Neomorph and all sub classes should be in the game.
  6. seattle24
    I agree with everyone saying the smaller design looks far too much like the head crab from Half Life - and the bigger version is similarly lacklustre in originality. But I'm a fan of pathogen monsters inclusion nonetheless.

    I just hope they've held back the Neomorph as a surprise. Would be ludicrous if they're not in this.
  7. Baron_ov_LV426
    I love the inclusion of pathogen enemies, minus the ones that look lifted from Half-Life.  It's going to add some much needed variety. I love aliens as a shooter but it does get old killing the same few enemies throughout the entire game. Im crossing my fingers for Neomorphs to join the fold
  8. Drukathi
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 24, 2021, 12:47:40 PM
    "Blair Monster."

    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 24, 2021, 07:25:34 AM
    Quote from: PAS Spinelli on Jul 23, 2021, 11:37:52 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 23, 2021, 11:28:32 PM
    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 23, 2021, 06:02:14 PM
    Can someone explain what the "Fairbanks monster" is?

    Spoiler
    A human named Fairbanks who got infected by a bite from the black-goo-infected-rat-x (which Fairbanks also killed & ate - so infected both ways I guess.)

    Fairbanks then proceeded to grow giant spiderous legs from his hips ala The Thing and proceeded to haunt the corridors munching people's heads.
    [close]
    So he is not a simple patho mutation, but the result of a patho mutation using him as a host, like the neomorphs or deacon

    What do you mean? like, is the monster a separate entity that gestated in him, or is the monster the mutated person?

    Mutated person. Nothing gestated in him. Spider legs grew underneath the torso of Fairbanks. He grew extra teeth in his mouth, his legs shrank, but Fairbanks head and face was still recognizable though.

    It is from Alien RPG or Infiltrator? Still doesn't play/read.
  9. bobby brown
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 24, 2021, 12:47:40 PM
    "Blair Monster."

    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 24, 2021, 07:25:34 AM
    Quote from: PAS Spinelli on Jul 23, 2021, 11:37:52 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 23, 2021, 11:28:32 PM
    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 23, 2021, 06:02:14 PM
    Can someone explain what the "Fairbanks monster" is?

    Spoiler
    A human named Fairbanks who got infected by a bite from the black-goo-infected-rat-x (which Fairbanks also killed & ate - so infected both ways I guess.)

    Fairbanks then proceeded to grow giant spiderous legs from his hips ala The Thing and proceeded to haunt the corridors munching people's heads.
    [close]
    So he is not a simple patho mutation, but the result of a patho mutation using him as a host, like the neomorphs or deacon

    What do you mean? like, is the monster a separate entity that gestated in him, or is the monster the mutated person?

    Mutated person. Nothing gestated in him. Spider legs grew underneath the torso of Fairbanks. He grew extra teeth in his mouth, his legs shrank, but Fairbanks head and face was still recognizable though.

    Spoiler
    Cock.
    [close]
  10. PAS Spinelli
    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 24, 2021, 07:25:34 AM
    Quote from: PAS Spinelli on Jul 23, 2021, 11:37:52 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 23, 2021, 11:28:32 PM
    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 23, 2021, 06:02:14 PM
    Can someone explain what the "Fairbanks monster" is?

    Spoiler
    A human named Fairbanks who got infected by a bite from the black-goo-infected-rat-x (which Fairbanks also killed & ate - so infected both ways I guess.)

    Fairbanks then proceeded to grow giant spiderous legs from his hips ala The Thing and proceeded to haunt the corridors munching people's heads.
    [close]
    So he is not a simple patho mutation, but the result of a patho mutation using him as a host, like the neomorphs or deacon

    What do you mean? like, is the monster a separate entity that gestated in him, or is the monster the mutated person?
    The Pathogen created a creature that produces a virus, the Stalker/Leon is not a Patho mutation, but the host of the virus produced by a creature made from a Patho mutation
  11. Immortan Jonesy
    As someone who doesn't take every IP video game to seriously, canon-wise I mean with Isolation as an exception, I am one of the few who likes the variety of creatures featured here, including ghostly pathogen-based abominations.

    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 23, 2021, 11:50:53 PM
    In Alien? No thanks.

    https://i.imgur.com/DYpdx5Y.gif

    https://media.tenor.com/images/4104bef0265590d51617a298a209f2e3/tenor.gif

    https://i.makeagif.com/media/3-06-2017/ZnsQnN.gif


    It would be hilarious to decapitate a Fifield, and then be attacked by its  head.  :laugh:

    https://s6.gifyu.com/images/8TA0T6q.gif

    Edit: Of course i'm kidding.  ;D
  12. Voodoo Magic
    "Blair Monster."

    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 24, 2021, 07:25:34 AM
    Quote from: PAS Spinelli on Jul 23, 2021, 11:37:52 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 23, 2021, 11:28:32 PM
    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 23, 2021, 06:02:14 PM
    Can someone explain what the "Fairbanks monster" is?

    Spoiler
    A human named Fairbanks who got infected by a bite from the black-goo-infected-rat-x (which Fairbanks also killed & ate - so infected both ways I guess.)

    Fairbanks then proceeded to grow giant spiderous legs from his hips ala The Thing and proceeded to haunt the corridors munching people's heads.
    [close]
    So he is not a simple patho mutation, but the result of a patho mutation using him as a host, like the neomorphs or deacon

    What do you mean? like, is the monster a separate entity that gestated in him, or is the monster the mutated person?

    Mutated person. Nothing gestated in him. Spider legs grew underneath the torso of Fairbanks. He grew extra teeth in his mouth, his legs shrank, but Fairbanks head and face was still recognizable though.
  13. bobby brown
    Quote from: PAS Spinelli on Jul 23, 2021, 11:37:52 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 23, 2021, 11:28:32 PM
    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 23, 2021, 06:02:14 PM
    Can someone explain what the "Fairbanks monster" is?

    Spoiler
    A human named Fairbanks who got infected by a bite from the black-goo-infected-rat-x (which Fairbanks also killed & ate - so infected both ways I guess.)

    Fairbanks then proceeded to grow giant spiderous legs from his hips ala The Thing and proceeded to haunt the corridors munching people's heads.
    [close]
    So he is not a simple patho mutation, but the result of a patho mutation using him as a host, like the neomorphs or deacon

    What do you mean? like, is the monster a separate entity that gestated in him, or is the monster the mutated person?
  14. PAS Spinelli
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 23, 2021, 11:28:32 PM
    Quote from: bobby brown on Jul 23, 2021, 06:02:14 PM
    Can someone explain what the "Fairbanks monster" is?

    Spoiler
    A human named Fairbanks who got infected by a bite from the black-goo-infected-rat-x (which Fairbanks also killed & ate - so infected both ways I guess.)

    Fairbanks then proceeded to grow giant spiderous legs from his hips ala The Thing and proceeded to haunt the corridors munching people's heads.
    [close]
    So he is not a simple patho mutation, but the result of a patho mutation using him as a host, like the neomorphs or deacon
  15. Xenomorphine
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Jul 23, 2021, 01:11:47 AM
    I flipping knew it!  After reading the derivative  Blair uh, I mean Fairbanks Monster in the prequel novel for this game, Alien feels like it's turning into a - get bit - you're infected - unoriginal Thing clone rip and (to me) is slowly losing all it's wonderful individuality that made Alien so special.

    Thanks a lot Black Goo!!!! >:(

    To me, everything about this game feels like it's a 'Warhammer 40,000' Imperial Guard game with some pulse rifle audio chucked in. Even the nonsensical idea of a supposedly elite team only having three people in it and zero air or fire support is exactly the kind of suicidal strategy the Imperial Guard would be adopting.

    These things aren't Aliens. They're Tyranids. And there's nothing wrong with finding that entertaining, but there's no way this is consistent with the films.

    It's totally consistent with Imperial Guards versus Tyranids, though. So, if I ever decide to play it, I'm going to do so with that mindset and ignore it trying to pretend it's showing Colonial Marines or Aliens. :)

    And I'm betting if they every bring in the Shitkicker, it'll look almost exactly like a Dreadnought. :D
  16. Lost_Hunter
    Though I do like the new creatures, I see what's causing the alarm. Alien is not the Thing but I believe there is room for a bunch of creative angels involving the Engineers. We'll find out soon how it plays out. An arching narrative would help but like Hunting Grounds it's an online shooter with little room for plot.
  17. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Trash Queen on Jul 23, 2021, 07:36:16 AM
    The Alien's still just that though, this' just another thing, that now we also have to contend with.

    Indeed!!!

    Quote from: RidgeTop on Jul 23, 2021, 08:00:26 AM
    Quote from: talamak on Jul 23, 2021, 12:03:31 AM
    Fairbanks Monster or Rat X?

    Didn't see any sign of those.

    Already my memory of Aliens: Infiltrator is slipping for me, but didn't....

    Spoiler
    Rat X get killed by Fairbanks and the Fairbanks Monster was killed by the retired Colonial Marines?
    [close]
  18. JDrums
    Mmm .... Stalker? If I'm not mistaken, does a creature with this name already exist in the Alien RPG? So, Leon from Aliens: Infiltrator would be a Stalker? Wasn't it written in the novel that Leon was the size of a housecat? The creature here looks much bigger to me!
  19. Voodoo Magic
    I flipping knew it!  After reading the derivative  Blair uh, I mean Fairbanks Monster in the prequel novel for this game, Alien feels like it's turning into a - get bit - you're infected - unoriginal Thing clone rip and (to me) is slowly losing all it's wonderful individuality that made Alien so special.

    Thanks a lot Black Goo!!!!  >:(
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