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It’s An AvP Extinction Extravaganza! – AvP Galaxy Podcasts #167 & #168

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, we’ve uploaded the 167th and 168th episodes of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast for your auditory pleasure! In episode #167 Corporal Hicks and RidgeTop are joined by Darkness for his podcast debut to revisit our early impressions of Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction and how those thoughts have changed over time.

For episode #168 we were able to track down three of the people who made the game a reality – Lead designer Jason Hough, lead artist Brian Collins and producer Mike Arkin – to discuss the development of the game.

 It's An AvP Extinction Extravaganza! - AvP Galaxy Podcasts #167 & #168

We discuss the initial pitch, what happened to multiplayer, that one particular guy at 20th Century Fox who made the development a struggle, how Fox had suggested turning the game into APC racing and plenty more!

During the interview, Jason Hough mentions a novel called You, written by Austin Grossman, as something he recommends to people interested in knowing what developer life was like when they were working on the game. You can find it for purchase on Amazon.

If you want to find out more about our guests in this episode, you can visit JasonHough.com to learn more about Jason and the novels he went on to write following his career in game development. You can also follow Mike Arkin on Twitter.

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And if you’d rather see everyone’s beautiful faces, as always, video versions of the podcasts are also available on the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy YouTube channel!

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Comments: 19
  1. [cancerblack]
    Quote from: xShadowFoxX on Aug 03, 2023, 09:03:18 AMOh, the guy, Mike, I think asked Ridgetop if Jim Cameron was involved with the new Alien series and film and when Ridgetop answered 'no', Mike immediately said 'disaster'.

    The year is 2027, and AI advancements have allowed Cameron to work on his Avatar films and other franchises simultaneously. After announcing a triumphant return to the Aliens franchise, as he repeatedly calls it in interviews, he works in near total secrecy for three years, finally unveiling his masterpiece: A sequel to Aliens where a crippled Dwayne Hicks uses advanced technology to upload his consciousness into a cloned Engineer body, infiltrating their society.

  2. xShadowFoxX
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Aug 03, 2023, 08:06:35 AM
    Quote from: xShadowFoxX on Jul 31, 2023, 07:40:08 AMYea, I did not know until listening to the interview that there was gonna be multiplayer, which would've been fine I guess, but I never saw it in that light. Then I find out about the tunnel mechanic which also sounded really cool. Great interview, sounds like those guys had a lot of fun.


    It's a huge shame we never got that multiplayer. I loved the concept of the Predator player just jumping into other people's sessions. Sounds like it could have been so interesting! Same for the multi-tiered fighting too.


    Quote from: Still Collating... on Jul 31, 2023, 01:15:25 PMReally enjoyed these interviews guys, thanks for all of the effort!

    Thanks! It's very much appreciated. A lot of damn effort goes into every one we do.  ;D


    Quote from: GreybackElder on Jul 31, 2023, 05:48:05 PMThat was great! While that was the ONE AVP game I never played it was a super interesting listen. Now, you guys need to get the developers for AVP classic or AVP2 on the podcast.

    We had one of the AvP2 developers back on for our 100th episode!

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/2020/01/13/inspiring-terror-interview-with-aliens-vs-predator-2-developer-nathan-cheever-avp-galaxy-podcast-100/

    I did try to get one of the Fox Interactive producer from this era on, but I can't remember why that never happened.


    Quote from: Marc505 on Aug 01, 2023, 08:16:00 AMReally enjoying 167, hearing you all reminiscing over late 90s to late 00s experiences with gaming and the AvP universe makes me feel happily nostalgic!

    PS - Sorry to any Bolton based people who wanted to rent the single copy of Extinction on Xbox that the town centre Blockbuster had, I worked there and had it on continuous staff rental for about 6 months, soz.

    PPS - I never got round to completing it either...

     ;D I got there eventually! For this revisit. Glad you enjoyed it. Those early 00s were a fun time personally.


    Quote from: xShadowFoxX on Aug 01, 2023, 01:18:25 PM
    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Aug 01, 2023, 11:54:06 AM?

    Oh one of the guys on the interview episode said it and it made me laugh so hard.

    Remind me? I can't remember what was said here.

    Oh, the guy, Mike, I think asked Ridgetop if Jim Cameron was involved with the new Alien series and film and when Ridgetop answered 'no', Mike immediately said 'disaster'.
  3. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: xShadowFoxX on Jul 31, 2023, 07:40:08 AMYea, I did not know until listening to the interview that there was gonna be multiplayer, which would've been fine I guess, but I never saw it in that light. Then I find out about the tunnel mechanic which also sounded really cool. Great interview, sounds like those guys had a lot of fun.


    It's a huge shame we never got that multiplayer. I loved the concept of the Predator player just jumping into other people's sessions. Sounds like it could have been so interesting! Same for the multi-tiered fighting too.


    Quote from: Still Collating... on Jul 31, 2023, 01:15:25 PMReally enjoyed these interviews guys, thanks for all of the effort!

    Thanks! It's very much appreciated. A lot of damn effort goes into every one we do.  ;D


    Quote from: GreybackElder on Jul 31, 2023, 05:48:05 PMThat was great! While that was the ONE AVP game I never played it was a super interesting listen. Now, you guys need to get the developers for AVP classic or AVP2 on the podcast.

    We had one of the AvP2 developers back on for our 100th episode!

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/2020/01/13/inspiring-terror-interview-with-aliens-vs-predator-2-developer-nathan-cheever-avp-galaxy-podcast-100/

    I did try to get one of the Fox Interactive producer from this era on, but I can't remember why that never happened.


    Quote from: Marc505 on Aug 01, 2023, 08:16:00 AMReally enjoying 167, hearing you all reminiscing over late 90s to late 00s experiences with gaming and the AvP universe makes me feel happily nostalgic!

    PS - Sorry to any Bolton based people who wanted to rent the single copy of Extinction on Xbox that the town centre Blockbuster had, I worked there and had it on continuous staff rental for about 6 months, soz.

    PPS - I never got round to completing it either...

     ;D I got there eventually! For this revisit. Glad you enjoyed it. Those early 00s were a fun time personally.


    Quote from: xShadowFoxX on Aug 01, 2023, 01:18:25 PM
    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on Aug 01, 2023, 11:54:06 AM?

    Oh one of the guys on the interview episode said it and it made me laugh so hard.

    Remind me? I can't remember what was said here.
  4. Marc505
    Really enjoying 167, hearing you all reminiscing over late 90s to late 00s experiences with gaming and the AvP universe makes me feel happily nostalgic!

    PS - Sorry to any Bolton based people who wanted to rent the single copy of Extinction on Xbox that the town centre Blockbuster had, I worked there and had it on continuous staff rental for about 6 months, soz.

    PPS - I never got round to completing it either...
  5. GreybackElder
    That was great! While that was the ONE AVP game I never played it was a super interesting listen. Now, you guys need to get the developers for AVP classic or AVP2 on the podcast.
  6. xShadowFoxX
    Yea, I did not know until listening to the interview that there was gonna be multiplayer, which would've been fine I guess, but I never saw it in that light. Then I find out about the tunnel mechanic which also sounded really cool. Great interview, sounds like those guys had a lot of fun.
  7. Corporal Hicks
    It also makes 4 in a single month! I hope that makes up for the one a month I've only been managing this year. And technically I've also got the first of upcoming Patreon recorded and edited, as well as 2 Dark Descent episodes recorded and one well under way with editing!
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