This game looks awesome! Sad I missed the sign up for the beta.
Super glad the stuff from Predators is being incorporated into the larger AvP franchise, though a bit disappointed it looks that the Pred Hounds are going to be something associated with just the Super Preds instead of the the Preds in general.
I wish I could talk about this game since I've been a part of the closed beta, but I can't...
Is there any indication when the game takes place, other than a general "around the time of the Alien films" sense of things?
Actually, I think those were regular androids; I think combat synths are specially designed somehow for warfare, that's probably why they can still walk with their heads shot off while normal androids can't.
There are two different kinds of combat synthetics.
I know the ones in Aliens vs Predator 3 were hinted to be made from corpses from the human staff of BG-386. The Audio Journals even mention that numerous staff members were missing and somehow more combat androids seemed to show up right when said staff members turned up missing. One staff member claimed that he saw one missing staff member being turned into a combat android.
I also remember some conversations from the game indicating that it was against the law for combat synths to look too human and that they had to be recognizably synthetic from a distance if they were combat synths.