May 16, 2012 04:34 PM EDT | By Luke Caulfield
Set after the events of Alien 3, the marines have been dispatched to find Lt. Ellen Ripley, and what happened aboard the USS Sulaco, the Marine transport ship where Ripley slugged it out in a power loader against an Alien Queen. In addition to the Sulaco, the marines are also expected to engage in bug hunts all throughout Hadley's Hope, the doomed human colony on LV-426. Other familiar environments from the movie are expected to make an appearance as well.
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Just like Hicks and Hudson did in Aliens, players will be able to set up automated turrets, and defend specific areas by welding doors. Marine firepower like the smartgun, flamethrower, and the infamous pulse rifle will once again be used to blast away. Remember: short, controlled bursts. Both the Alien films and videogames have a history of tense, creepy moments, and paranoia. Marines is expected to be no different, so stay frosty.
In addition to the classic chestburster, Queen, and facehuggers, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford promises some new xenomorphs will make their debut. "We do have some awesome new variants to reveal for the first time, so we try to get value out of those moments for the experience when you're playing the game."
At least there's Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus to hold us over until Aliens: Colonial Marines releases in the fall. That's it man, game over man, game over!
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