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Aliens: Colonial Marines Seems To Have Been Abducted From The Wii U

Posted by Orla Madden

Oh alien, where art thou?

Aliens: Colonial Marines is one of those games that nobody seems to know anything about. We reported last month that it was scheduled for release in the Wii U launch window, which technically ends on the 31st March — Sunday week, to be exact. But where is it?

A representative for SEGA was questioned on the game's status, to which they replied:

We’re still not commenting on [Aliens: Colonial Marines] at this point. Sorry, I don’t have better news.

An even less informative reply came from a representative for the developer, Demiurge:

I’m sorry to say that we at Demiurge can’t really comment.

There has been so many rumours behind the the title, such as it being postponed, and that it was the worst version of the game compared to other platforms.

What do you make of this news? Are you still planning to buy it, despite the bad press? As always, let us know.


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BeeZeroOne1 said:

Does anybody really care at this point? By all accounts the game is an absolute train wreck, and nobody at any of the companies responsible wants to take the blame for it. They knew there was no way it would sell after the review embargo lifted, so there's not much point from their perspective in releasing it, and honestly, the WiiU's better off without it.



Le_Gazman said:

The Wii U is properly screwed isn't it? Not a single decent game on it since launch and nothing concrete on the way. Very tempted to sell mine but who would buy it!!



cheetahman91 said:

The Metacritic scores for all available versions of the game are in the 40's, so the Wii U not getting this game wouldn't be much of a loss unlike some of the other third party games like Tomb Raider that aren't coming.



BrightBeing said:

Something tells me that SEGA knows that this game is still-born and either they have postponed it to improve it, or are going to abandon ship and shelve this one. I've heard nothing but bad buzz.



Geonjaha said:

The worst version of the game? Oh I'd really like to see how bad they can make it.



Haxonberik said:

Yeah right, the game was trash, there's nothing they can do to pull a Ninja Gaiden 3 here anyway, I think. They'd better not release it and use its bad sales to justify lack of future support.



JSuede said:

@Le_Gazman Lego City undercover, Monster Hunter and NFS would like a word with you.

Also, W101 is listed as "Coming Soon" on the eshop and Pikmin 3 will be out soon as well. I don't know what you're on about, but you're wrong.



bofis said:

No one should care about this at all, the game is total crap your money and pickup NFS or Lego City and enjoy that they made it into the launch window at least.



GraveLordXD said:

@Le_Gazman pikman, Zelda ww hd, xenoblade x, retros next game, eternal freaking darkness!, monster hunter, Lego city undercover, bayonetta 2.

These are all games that are on the way two of them just came out and none of them will be on other systems and who knows what else Nintendo will bring to it in the future so yeah get rid of your Wii u sounds like a brilliant idea



TheAdza said:

Well, considering the other versions were so critically panned, it makes no sense to release a Wii U version of the game. It wouldn't sell much due to the low userbase of the Wii U coupled with the stink of bad reviews from the other console versions. Had all versions launched together they might have stood a better chance of decent enough sales from the Wii U version, but being delayed, having bad reviews, with every possibility of the Wii U version being the worst yet, it's definitely for the best that it doesn't see the light of day.

It's such a shame. Here was meant to be a big 3rd party game launching across all the systems, a game that wasn't skipping the Wii U, and this is what the final result is. Nintendo aren't having much luck.



Nintend0ro said:

And Gearbox were saying that Wii U version of the game will be the best looking one etc. What happened to such a good looking amazing game? Why such bad changes were made to it? This was supposed to be my Wii U most wanted game when it they showed that demo. Shame on those who screwed things up with A.C.M.!!!



HouseofBees said:

Ok, no great loss, but that's not really the point. This needs to be sorted out. A price-drop would go some way to making it a priority console.



JFug said:

The Wii U version is the best looking version because it's non-existent...honestly we don't need it. Just get RE Revelations or Deus Ex: Human Revolution.



AVahne said:

Lego City and the improved console version of Need for Speed Most Wanted just came out. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate also just came out.
If you're waiting for generic FPS #7985, well, keep waiting.



NorthLightSuplx said:


Mario Kart and a 3d mario is coming as well this year with SSB coming later. The .30 games being released each month right now can tide me over until Mario Kart comes out on Wii U : )



Lopezdm said:

Well the game turned out to be a flop and a lot of people were pissed. They might have shot them selves in the foot by releasing the game so far after the other versions. People know its was rushed and not was shown at game shows so understandably they are upset about it. I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo had less interest in the game then before.



MagicEmperor said:

The game was almost universally slammed, so... no loss for me. I mean, okay, maybe it might have some value, but--rrrggghhh!
Tiny game critic rips out of Magic Emperor's abdomen. He has sharp teeth, scary eyes, and he hisses... yet his voice is very calm and friendly
"Seriously, people. You really shouldn't pay attention to this game."



shinokami said:

>Colonial Marines

Boy you just went full on there. I'm glad the U didn't get the game, it's a waste of space in many ways



misswliu81 said:

i was upbeat about the wii U version a few weeks ago, in spite of the low scores of the PS3, 360 versions of aliens: colonial marines. but now, i'm not too sure.

if sega has indeed scrapped it for good, i hope they have something else lined up, such as phantasy star online 2, vanquish, anarchy reigns, virtua fighter, jet set radio. i'd be happy with that.



GiftedGimp said:

Its simple to work out really, One of 3 things will happen..
1. It will very quietly appear on the shop shelves, making as little fuss as possible so as not to draw attention to itself as it really is a terrible game on WiiU and sega will hope to get a few sales from thos unaware of how bad the game is.
2. Its a tottal pile of shi.. Sega have quietly gave the devs more time to actually fix the broken game, where once done press will be able to play a new demo, demo's will appear on eShop and the game will be at or there abouts the quality it should of been.
3. Its been totaly abandoned, it will cost way too much to fix because it really is that terrible on WiiU and Sega are hoping that people will forget all about the game.

edit that maybe theres a fourth scenario.... The WiiU version is outstanding but because of all the negativity around all the other versions Sega are choosing to wait a few months before releasing the WiiU version in the hope it won't be tarred with the negativity of other versions and have a chance of selling.



Shiryu said:

The whole product is an embarrassment to the industry. Gearbox, what has become of thee?



rambosdad said:

Here's the thing. We all might want a Porsche, but you know what, lots of us settle for a people carrier.And generally we're pretty happy with them. We may glance enviously at the occasional super car but in general not only can we not afford them, but they are in no way suited to everyday life. The Wii U is a people carrier, it may not growl and flex it pixilated muscles all day, but it will accommodate a complex multipurpose living space. No other console or handheld is currently capable of delivering such quality entertainment in this way. The sooner Nintendo realize this and start articulating it to the consumer the sooner we can all stop being slaves to specs and texture pacs. I for one don't want to be holed up a darkend room on my own to much, but I do have a fair plethora of soap operas to escape.



TreesenHauser said:

First off, anyone who buys a new console during the launch period and then complains about a drought of games is sorta dumb. Every new console has this issue during launch period.

As far as Colonial Marines goes, I could care less at this point. The game's been getting terrible reviews, so even if it did come out I wouldn't be interested in the Wii U edition. The only way Sega/Gearbox could spark my interest is if they decide to delay the game further to completely fix the broken game and make the top-notch edition that gamers should have had back in February. And even then, I'd have to see a demo at least.



TheDjinn said:

i actually care.
They could fix this game and release it later this year. maybe add the dlc into it. but ALOT of the damage has been done PR wise for Gearbox and this franchise.

i can but hope



GiftedGimp said:

@TreesenHauser I said this elswhere Every newly launched console gets x number of launch titkes, then theres a drought for 6 months then the games start being released regularly.



Ichiban said:

We'll get it im a year or two and it'll be a directors cut lol



DePapier said:

@Le_Gazman Says he the day we learn about how real that Wii U Deus Ex actually is, lol. People who think it's funny to "threaten" to sell their Wii U's might just go ahead, but again, don't feel dumb when crawling back in shame for those mandatory Smash Bros. and Mario Kart — not to mention all the games others have already mentioned.



WhiteTrashGuy said:

SEGA should release it as download-only retail, like FIST OF THE NORTH STAR 2. Just drop it for $29.99 and there ya go. No need for extra marketing or production costs.



AlexSora89 said:

Wow. Just wow. By now it's safe to say people are actively trying to screw over the Wii U.

I mean, damn it.



CyberNature said:

Don't worry, guys. When we're playing Zelda, Mario, Metroid, and Smash Bros. on Wii U in glorious HD, we're going to look back on this and laugh.



supersix said:

Interesting case here. Gearbox and Sega had no problems ripping 360/PS3/PC owners off and all of a sudden they don't want to release trash on the Wii U? No one has stepped up to explain why anything went down like it did but they're afraid of ill-will from Nintendo owners. I'd love to know the whole story.



rjejr said:

Pikmin 3 was also scheduled for the launch window, where the heck has THAT gotten to? I wanted to buy a Wii u this week but im still waiting.



hcfwesker said:

At this point it just seems I'd have a better time watching Aliens on Blu-Ray and hold my Gamepad while watching the movie and pretend it's a game.



BetweenTheTrees said:

I wanted this game. i would have paid full price, with a smile but now i'm just tired of waiting and have given up. i don't care about bad reviews. i disagree with most.



RantingThespian said:

When I first heard about it, I REALLY wanted it.

Now after all the reviews, and the revelation that Gearbox outsourced the game, there are better things to spend my money on.



Link-Hero said:

Unless they fix the game to be more like the old trailers, they shouldn't even bother with porting it to the Wii U.



ccanfield1 said:

I know this game is bad, but when there pretty much hasn't been a game released on the Wii U since launch, isn't something better than nothing ? I hope they can resurrect this game like Ninja Gaiden 3 and make it the game Gearbox originally envisioned. However, for that to happen they actually have to put some of their own people on the development.



Beta said:

@Le_Gazman You will sell it because a crappy game is not coming for it? We're better off without it. Besides, if it came out and it's crappier than all other version, be prepared for all the wars and "doom and gloom" talk and all the "Wii U is bad and all the other consoles have insert game here better than the crappy Wii U version"

And if you're doing this because there are no games, NFS, MH3U, LEGO City, Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3 and a LOT more are coming, do they not satisfy you? MH3U by itself can keep you busy for months and months to come.



Lopezdm said:

I have Come to the realisation that next gen consoles like the PS4 and 720 are going to be to expensive to develops for. With the time cycle developers have to Make games its going to make every game a flop. The production costs Are just To much and the payoff to little. Nintendo seems to be the only company that has prepared for this. I am just waiting to see how long it takes for developers to realise that it's less expensive to Make games for the wiiu.



timp29 said:

With these adamant and nonsensical 'no comments', perhaps legal precedings are underway.



Le_Gazman said:

@JSuede I'm not interested I late ports like NFS, Monster Hunter and Aliens which now looks to be cancelled. Lego isn't exactly a system seller now is it?

This site alone mentions cancelled or delayed ports on a daily basis. Wii U is not doing well!



Le_Gazman said:

@Beta - my Wii U hasn't been touched in months and I'm sick of hearing about late ports coming and not selling for obvious reasons or not coming at all. I will sell it because its a useless paperweight until something decent actually hits it!



drunkenmaster76 said:

Didnt think much of the last aliens game so not really botherd about this but where the f#*ks scribblenauts in the UK



drunkenmaster76 said:

Wii u is still a great console and its only been out 4 months just wait until e3 then everyone will be singin a different tune plus ps4 and 720 will have all the same games ps3 and 360 had, same gameplay just better graphics.



mastersworddude said:

This has nothing to do with people trying to screw the Wii U, the development of this game is such a train wreck. I'm guessing SEGA just wants to move on from this crap Gearbox shat out because they didn't care and took their money.



Ducutzu said:

From what I have seen, many (if not most) of the people that commented negatively about this game did not bother to buy it. They commented from what they read in other reviews and/or seen on YouTube.



TromaDogg said:

^^ I haven't spent a penny on it, but I have played it on a friend's Xbox 360. After which point, I immediately cancelled my preorder for the Wii U version. Honestly, it's a horribly basic game that would've felt like a backward step even if it had been released on PS2. Releasing it on Wii U at this point would be pointless (and possibly a financial disaster for Sega) as A) The game now has a severely negative reputation and probably wouldn't sell very well anyway, and B) The Wii U userbase is still fairly small compared to other systems.

They should just officially cancel the Wii U release, putting this crap out of our misery would be the kindest thing to do.



GraveLordXD said:

@Ducutzu I'll take everyone's word for it that the game is complete garbage and it doesn't help that the developer completely lied to everyone, no need to spend any cash to find out just exactly how disappointed I'll be

I wouldn't even red box this



FullbringIchigo said:

after the disaster of the other releases if i was Nintendo i wouldn't want this piece of garbage on the WiiU because they are better off without it



AJWolfTill said:

Maybe it will get the Gaiden 3 treatment and we'll actually end up with something worth playing down the line.



Kifa said:

@Le_Gazman NFS is a brand new game, not a late port (and the WiiU version also has better graphics than X360 and PS3). Besides - why did you buy WiiU then? Did you go through launch title list prior to purchasing and thought for a second why do you even want the system? I think not, and now you are bitching around.

That, or you are just a troll, in which case I shouldn't feed you, for everyone's sake.

As for A:CM - this game never resembled anything "decent". Even with the 4GB patch released for PC version (which I sadly and foolishly purchased on launch - my last preorder ever) it's not anywhere past 'advanced beta'. Besides - no patch will ever fix the broken story, and probably nothing can be done to reedeem the pathetic final fight and ending. So my thoughts on this? Good riddance. Sega would be dumb to release this turd on WiiU.

(Goes back to playing Nano Assault Neo, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Nintendoland and Little Inferno on WiiU(seless Paperweight). ;] )



Ren said:

I'm with @Le_Gazman here. I don't care for this game but it looks bleak that it's being (probably) tossed. I want to get a WiiU, but if those great exclusives are not around yet I can't justify buying one now so I can pay crazy prices for what little is on there now. Buying it at launch just to have it is silly; is it that traitorous to want to wait until there are already a nice library of games? I waited years to get an Xbox because I'm such a loyal Nintendo nerd, but it has a massive lot of games now and cheap ones too.
It doesn't matter how "launches usually go", this is the market they're in now, and they weren't ready to play in it. HD and DLC are not new and system sellers alone. If they got it in overdrive over at Nintendo and drop a NEW HD Zelda, Metroid, or 3D Mario (more likely 2 of those hot titles) BY next holiday then they can still save WiiU, but barring that it'll be an embarrassing lost cause in the context of the current console market. I'll still get a used one when prices start dropping, though; he he.



farfromsleep said:

I'd agree with others here that the most we're likely to get is a quiet download-only no-fuss release on the eShop.

At this point though, I'd be genuinely surprised if we got even that.

No great loss either way.



banacheck said:

I can see where @Le_Gazman is coming from Mass Effect on Wii U or Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3 for the same price, everyone also has COD, NFS etc. I can wait as i own other systems too but others are not so lucky. With big games being released and skipping the Wii U how can some people justify buying a console for 1st party games.



TravisTouchdown said:

I'll buy a Wii U version, otherwise Sega, Gearbox, & whomever else worked on it won't be getting a sale. It feels like such a waste to buy it for my PS3 after what was promised for Wii U.



jayblue said:

im playing it on xbox and i like it if u like doom done aliens style then this is your nothing like this on wii u,games are getting dropped rapid for this system only reason i keeping mine as i like nintendo games if they ever get round to bringing some out.



Trikeboy said:

I have a sliver of hope that the definitive version of the game will appear on the WiiU but the realist in me says that will never happen and if it does get released it will be just as bad as other versions.



Araknie said:

@Le_Gazman Today it's out Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in Europe, LEGO City Undercover is already out in USA and will be out soon in Europe too.

They are decent games, the point here is: will the poopiedoodledingdongstorm stop beside being really good games out? We will continue to listen to people that say that Wii U is doomed when every sane of mind knows that judgement before the year mark is useless?

That's the point.



jayblue said:

this machine is last gen.why didnt nintendo bring out machine that could go up against xbox and ps4,people will not pay full price for games that are last gen.that why games are getting dropped for the u.



DePapier said:

@Le_Gazman Well, don't say you "will" sell it, just sell it. Stop threatening, do the actual thing!! I believe it's Nintendo you want to hurt, not the Wii U gamers on this website, so what are you waiting for???



Le_Gazman said:

@Kifa it's pretty simple, I bought the Wii U to play Bayonetta 2 and a few of the other games mentioned when the system was announced but none have turned up yet. ZombiU was ok but that was finished in a week, and Nintendoland needs about 16 different controllers to be fully appreciated so I have up after a couple of days. New Super Mario turned out to be lovely but that was months ago now too.

I had completed NFS on 360 by the time it had arrived on Wii U and got it £15 cheaper too. NFS is a port of the PC version, not a new game.

@DePapier why would I want to hurt anyone? I just want some decent exclusives to stop my Wii U gathering dust! I'm not going to pretend everything's great with Wii U when it clearly isn't.

The pricing for new games needs looking at too. Ninja Gaiden appealed but none of my local stores ever stocked it except Game, who were charging £50 for it. I could buy it for about £20 if I remember correctly for my 360 by that time. A couple of weeks later Metal Gear Rising appeared £15 cheaper on 360 to infinitely better reviews so I bought that instead.

The games are getting cheaper but only because retailers are losing patience at their poor sales performance and discounting to get rid. Not a good sign!

I hope things change quickly so that the console I paid £330 for (plus extra cash for other controllers just so I could play all the games in Nintendoland) doesn't go to waste.

Wii U needs system-selling exclusives, not late ports. Price cuts and free downloads from the eshop aren't going to make me happy - decent games are!

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