It’s been known for a while that there’s been a new Aliens game on the horizon, giving us a chance to shoot tonnes of those pesky Xenomorphs, and while Fortnite might have beat this one to the punch, it’s still worth mentioning. Cold Iron Studios, in collaboration with 20th Century Games, are launching Aliens: Fireteam, a new co-op shooter launching on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S this summer. Check out the debut trailer at the top of the page.
What’s Aliens: Fireteam All About?
Fireteam is set 23 years after the original Alien trilogy of films, as you play as a Colonial Marine aboard the USS Endeavor, tasked with responding to distress calls from various outer colonies. As you’d expect, those calls are of the “Xenomorphs are murdering us all” variety, requiring you to go in with some heavy artillery to sort things out.
Players will be able to pick from one of five customisable classes, each with their own weapons and mods, and engage in four replayable campaigns that feature over 20 enemy types, including the Xenomorphs themselves and Weyland-Yutani Synthetics. There’s even a Challenge Card system that’ll allow players to mutate different aspects of the mission structure, allowing for a new experience each playthrough.
Will Aliens: Fireteam Be A Hit?
Possibly. Co-op horde shooters based on established intellectual properties can be quite successful. Just look at World War Z for example. There’s every chance that Aliens: Fireteam will be able to emulate similar success, and from the trailer alone, Fireteam could look like a lot of fun.
However, the co-op shooter release schedule might be a little crowded this summer, as Turtle Rock are launching their Left 4 Dead spiritual successor Back 4 Blood in June, swapping Xenomorphs for zombie-like infected and a card based system that’ll add modifiers to both the players and the Game Director dictating enemy spawns and so on. Whether there’s room for both games remains to be seen.
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