My god, I see the Pilot!!! They better not ruin it by putting in non canon giant bald men.
In fear of starting another 'canon' discussion I tentatively ask what makes Prometheus not canon?
1. Ruining the Space Jockey.
2. Crap Dialogue.
3. Spiffy Mr. Clean Ship.
4. Bringing in Religion into it. (Space Jockey Jesus, WTF? There are Christian fans of the Alien movies yah know)
5. Technology that is more advanced then the latter movies. Shouldn't the shit we see in Prometheus be standard issue by ALIENS?
6. Idiotic Characters.
7. Plot holes.
8. Turning the ALIEN universe from a dead nihilistic space full of mystery to something on the bordering of Star Trek.
Honestly putting Predators stuff would be just as bad as putting Prometheus stuff in here. Prometheus can stay in it's singular canon world, away from the ALIEN universe. Just like the AVP and Predator universe.
I think it's understood you're not a fan of Prometheus, but also consider that a few of the things you listed are also weaknesses in Alien 3, which was critically panned and more disliked by the general public than Prometheus. However Gearbox is still including elements of Alien 3 into the game. Prometheus is considered canon by Fox and apparently Gearbox. Like it or not, you're just going to have to roll with the punches, assuming you pick up the game.
From the sound of it, the references to Prometheus are few in number.
I'd like to put down some cash for the magazine, just for those exclusive posters, but I wish I knew what they looked like first.
I'm trying to see if I can't find one on ebay. Those posters look absolutely worth it.
On another note, I agree with what you're saying. I really hope that Gearbox, which did such a fantastic job on the Borderlands games, do justice to this franchise that we all love. Prometheus is now part of the overall universe so it must be recognized and respected, liked or not. I for one, actually liked it and hope that it finds its own niche within the overlapping universe.
I would like to also point out that it might not be a bad idea to send an online request to Gearbox to make sure this game is polished inside and out. The last thing we need is awkward animation ruining the tension of any session, be it alone or multiplayer. I'd sign it. I've been very excited about this game and the premise behind it.