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Rumour: Wii U Version Of Aliens: Colonial Marines Postponed?

Posted by Orla Madden

The last thing the Wii U needs right now

Rumours are surfacing across the world wide web that the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines has been "postponed indefinitely".

Commenting on his own post, Jason Schreier of Kotaku said that the site received a tip about the game over a month ago:

We heard from a tipster about a month ago that the Wii U version had been “postponed indefinitely.” We reached out to Sega, and they denied it. I’ll let you guys fill in the blanks there.

Bear in mind this is all a rumour, and that SEGA has denied that the game is canned. All we know about the Wii U version of the game is that it's not quite ready yet, with no mention of a release date.

The game launched on other formats this week, and has been met with a decidedly negative response from the international gaming press, leading to rumblings that Gearbox Software didn't actually do all that much work on the game, instead out-sourcing the effort to other studios.

[via nintendoeverything.com, gonintendo.com]

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zane

#1

zane said:

Jim sterling of destructoid gave the game 2.5 out of 10. We shouldn't be bothered by it not releasing the game obviously isn't that good...

pashaveliki

#2

pashaveliki said:

The side-by-side videos showing how the demo compared to the final game combined with the reports surfacing about the outsourced dev tossing out all the original material is fascinating... cause to not mourn a lost port on the Wii U...
Rayman this sh*t is not.

hiptanaka

#3

hiptanaka said:

Considering how bad the game seems to be, I don't think it would be a big loss.

DefHalan

#4

DefHalan said:

They might be trying to make the WiiU version better. I still want this game because I believe in playing a game before I determine if it is bad or not. Hopefully it will come out.

MattL

#8

MattL said:

My brother has this on X-Box, his reaction to it isn't for innocent ears. Apparently the game suffers from a lack of atmosphere and suspense. His words, not mine. But that does appear to be the general consensus.

I was hoping they might hold the Wii U version back after listening to the feedback, but I honestly doubt they'd have the time or resources to re-work the entire game ;)

MadJay1664

#10

MadJay1664 said:

I'm still gonna have a crack at this game if it comes out I guarantee the Wii U version is the best we've got gamepads!. If it don't come out then the devs are gonna get a really bad rep.

MattL

#12

MattL said:

I must admit, I'd still like to try it for myself when it's released, if the gamepad integration is used well. Perhaps that could somehow add to - or enhance - the suspense like ZombiU. Further to my earlier post, my brother & I have totally different expectations of games, so whilst his opinion concerns me, it doesn't completely dissuade me from giving it a chance. Guess we'll have to wait and see :)

Razalom

#13

Razalom said:

Well having grabbed the PS3 version I enjoy it and find the MP to be really fun. Playing the campaign on the Harder settings definitely makes the game before. Play it on normal and you can breeze though it, up it to hardcore and those Aliens make short work of you if you are a bad shot.

BJQ1972

#14

BJQ1972 said:

Why would this postponement be 'the last thing Wii U needs right now'? The game has been universally panned, and will soon be filling up the bargain bins.

Tate24

#15

Tate24 said:

Game been getting terrible scores!! Maybe there going to fix some issues....maybe. Am disappointed that aliens franchise has giving such bad game:/. Franchises deserves better

BakaKnight

#17

BakaKnight said:

I didn't read the previous article, such a shame to know the game got such low reviews.
Considering those I doubt the rumour of the game coming late will hurt much anyone, especially since I doubt the WiiU version will be an enchantment like it happened with Ninja Gaiden 3.

Too bad however... I never been interested in the Alien franchise or this kind of games, but recently the amazing Alien game made by Wayforward and Sega on DS proved me how even games you are not interested in can be amazing gaming experiences :)

I was really curious to see if this game could be able to make me feel the same way, but it seems only Wayforward is that magical ^O^

Nukarmer

#18

Nukarmer said:

the last thing Wii U needs is a raw underdone crappy 4-hour-long full priced terribly scoring game

gavn64

#21

gavn64 said:

Nukamer is right that is all lets all buy criterions need for speed thats how you do a port

DarkLloyd

#22

DarkLloyd said:

well theres a chance the patch will be a part of the wiiu game disc so no need releasing the wiiu version then having to update it :P one would geta cracking making sure it doesnt suffer the issues

Chunky_Droid

#24

Chunky_Droid said:

In all honesty, if it is to fix the problems with the PS360 versions, then I'm all for it.

The Wii U needs as many "definitive" versions of games as it can get, on top of Need For Speed. As a consumer it'll be the first Need for Speed game that I'll be getting in ages.

AbeVigoda

#27

AbeVigoda said:

@MadJay1664

This game suffers from issues that cannot be solved by "patches".

The graphics are poo, AI is awful, gameplay sucks, story is crap, etc...

There is no way in hell Gearbox wastes the money it will take to put this out on Wii-U, since they will no doubt lose money on the 360-PS3 release anyway.

RetrogamerFan

#28

RetrogamerFan said:

I was planning to get this and was initially dissapointed about the game not being avialable on WIi-u at same time as other formats.
After looking at some of the reviews for Xbox/PS3 versions, which are nearly all very negative, then i'm no longer worried. I enjoy the films so it's a shame the game doesn't appear to do justice to the original property, a wasted opportunity.

DrMonk

#29

DrMonk said:

Super disappointed, not so much now that the game might not come to Wii U but that it supposedly turned out so crap. I was really looking forward to exploring that universe more (especially on Wii U), but it sounds like its not going to be a worthwhile trip anyway. When I heard the reviews were so negative to the PS3/360 version I was still holding out hope that the Wii U version would be improved enough to make the difference, but it doesn't sound like that's the case :-(

aaronsullivan

#30

aaronsullivan said:

This was a promising game to use the Gamepad as a motion detector so it's disappointing to see it come out so badly. It's going to be bargain bin fodder in the near future, too, which would make a late Wii U release look pretty bad. What a waste.

Nareva

#31

Nareva said:

It got such bad press that I was unlikely to buy anyway. Could have been fun to pick up in the bargain bin at some point, but oh well. Maybe they'll actually try to fix it and then release on Wii U later or maybe release as download-only to avoid being stuck with thousands of unsold physical copies.

TrueWiiMaster

#32

TrueWiiMaster said:

I disagree. I think the last thing the Wii U needs right now is the Aliens: Colonial Marines that just came out on the PS3 and 360 to horrible critic scores (50 or less on all platforms on Metacritic). If this delay results in a game that's actually good, that's what the Wii U needs.

HawkeyeWii

#33

HawkeyeWii said:

That's it, I know that this game had awful reviews, but this is just yet another sign that the future is not bright for the Wii U. Everything is getting postponed, canceled, or not an exclusive anymore. If there was ever a generation Nintendo would go under, it would most definitely be this one...

farfromsleep

#34

farfromsleep said:

@HawkeyeWii I don't think it really means anything in that respect. Gearbox are probably going to lose money on the 360/PS3 versions already, it would make little sense for them to sink more development time and money into finishing another port that won't make back its investment and lose them even more money.

Yeah, it sucks being a Wii U owner at the moment, but it's not the end times, just a fallow patch. Nothing all that new for recently released systems, it just goes with the territory.

Mr_M

#37

Mr_M said:

Are Gearbox the same company that butchered Duke Nukem Forever?

sweetiepiejonus

#38

sweetiepiejonus said:

@Mr_M
Yeah they put it into development hell for more than a decade and were responsible for that train wreck. All on Gearbox no doubt. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still Rosie O'Donnel.

Chomposaur

#39

Chomposaur said:

Let it get Postponed .. this game is F****** Garbage .. hope this trash never comes to the Wii U, sick of developers putting S*** onto our system ..

FullbringIchigo

#40

FullbringIchigo said:

you know why it was postponed, because the other versions on PS3, 360 and PC had VERY negative reviews and rightly so the game was abysmal (played the 360 version at a friends house)

honestly cancelling the Wii U version will be doing Nintendo a favour

fluggy

#41

fluggy said:

I don't think they should be allowed to release this at full price. The PS3 game is shocking ...... Unless they actually rebuild the game and make it decent-whats the point???

krunchykhaos

#42

krunchykhaos said:

@HawkeyeWii what are you talking about? Exclusives Lost? Nintendo lost gaiden a WHILE ago. Bayonetta still is an exclusive rayman is hardly a worthy exclusive (imo) to be heartbroken about losing. Mario, metroid, zelda, etc those are exclusives. Who cares about the others

XCWarrior

#43

XCWarrior said:

No, we don't need this big, steaming POS on the Wii U. If they don't patch/fix/completely redo the game, don't bother releasing it.

I can't believe the low scores this is getting, unless they come out and say that the PS3/360 just didn't have the processing power like the Wii U does. Then I'll be all for it - but that's a snow ball's chance in heck of happening.

jayblue

#45

jayblue said:

hope this comes out as best version of the game.had so much potential motion tracker in the dark.

Henmii

#48

Henmii said:

"Wii U Version Of Aliens: Colonial Marines Postponed?"

I instantly believe it!! It's no real loss though, since I heard it's a stinker!!

RikuzeYre

#49

RikuzeYre said:

@AbeVigoda Apparently they outsourced the game to a team called TimeGates after the 2011 demos, they scrapped all their assets and replaced them with a crappier version, Sega was pretty mad at this point threatening legal action then Gearbox had to redo the game entire game in like 5 months and release a horrible game. The Wii U version is being handled by the people who did Mass Effect PC version ( DemiUrge) So the game might be completely different.

GiftedGimp

#50

GiftedGimp said:

Considering the poor reviews it could be getting fixed and improved.
To be fair its the singleplayer that has got the most critism but the multiplayer is quite solid.
But if WiiU ends up with an improved, optimised, better looking and playing version the delay is worth it.
If its just so the bad press about the other versions can die down then its pretty crap. I'm getting it for the Multiplayer anyway, Once you complete a single player game its not often you bother a second time.

P-Gamer-C

#51

P-Gamer-C said:

If that game is not selling on the hardcore consoles it has no chance on wii u need for speed barely did 21k

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