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Obsidian: Aliens RPG was finished

Obsidian: Aliens RPG was finished

Obsidian's Aliens RPG was turn-based and almost finished before it was canned, says Obsidian.

Obsidian Entertainment has revealed a few details about the unnamed Aliens RPG it was working on before the project was cancelled by Sega last year, saying that the game was essentially finished.

"If you had come in and played any of the last builds we were working on, you would have said it was a finished game," said Obsidian's Feargus Urquhart in a comment to Joystiq.

"That's how close we were. It looked and felt like it was ready to ship."

The Aliens RPG was set to be a turn-based game where players were cast as Colonial Marines, with classes broken down into ranks. Despite the pace of the combat the game was said to be very tense and jumpy, as well as pretty much feature-complete.

Sadly, Sega decided to cancel the project regardless of how close to completion it was, explaining that it wanted to "carefully consider the type of [Aliens] game to release".

The RPG was one of three Aliens projects Sega had in development - the other two were Rebellion's Aliens vs. Predator and Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines, which is still in development. Sega says Gearbox's game is still about a year away from release.

Obsidian meanwhile is hard at work on a Spy-based RPG for Sega, Alpha Protocol - a game we quietly have high hopes for. Check our Alpha Protocol preview for more information.

Let us know your thoughts on the forums.

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crazyceo 29th April 2010, 11:33 Quote
I'm not too sure how it was going to work but I would have given it a try as I'm a big fan of the franchise.
Tyrmot 29th April 2010, 11:35 Quote
Well that's a bit annoying, why not release it! Maybe just as a digital download?
sotu1 29th April 2010, 11:38 Quote
I can understand sega's perspective, they're carefully looking after a brand and a turn based RPG doesn't instantly lend itself to an Aliens game. Still, it could have been good and I'd still want to play it
NuTech 29th April 2010, 11:40 Quote
I'm not sure I buy that.

I get the impression Obsidian's version of 'finished' is at odds with most people's interpretation of the word.

Sega have (on multiple occasions) shown their unhappiness with the quality of Alpha Protocol, leading to serious delays, so maybe they decided that Obsidian were spread too thin and cancelled the game for their own good?
CardJoe 29th April 2010, 11:41 Quote
Maybe. Then again, I saw Alpha Protocol in action last year and it was looking pretty good to me...
sotu1 29th April 2010, 12:08 Quote
@nuTech....Yeah entirely possible.
Unknownsock 29th April 2010, 13:09 Quote
Sega arent really known for their great decisions are they?

This would defintely have been on my buy list, theres a lack of turn based games as it is.
And combining it with AvP, would have been godly.
And the majority of them are extremely popular are they not?

PIty they didnt just cancel AvP 3, terrible game anyway..
rickysio 29th April 2010, 13:23 Quote
OffTopic : Sega needs to churn out another Virtual On! :X

OnTopic : Sega should have had at least allowed the public to decide by the way of a poll, or something.
salesman 29th April 2010, 13:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by NuTech
I'm not sure I buy that.

I get the impression Obsidian's version of 'finished' is at odds with most people's interpretation of the word.

Sega have (on multiple occasions) shown their unhappiness with the quality of Alpha Protocol, leading to serious delays, so maybe they decided that Obsidian were spread too thin and cancelled the game for their own good?

Yeah I agree. I would say too that how close is close? Like are we saying one full year? Even when a game is complete they still polish it up. I feel it is only being said so as Sega takes more blame, although, Urquhart might be right about what he said.
Yslen 29th April 2010, 13:46 Quote
This is the same obsidian that brought us the completely finished KOTOR 2...
javaman 29th April 2010, 14:06 Quote
Why go so far then pull the plug at the very end? thats like running a marathon and buggering of to burger king on the last straight!
Grimloon 29th April 2010, 14:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yslen
This is the same obsidian that brought us the completely finished KOTOR 2...

+1

You beat me to it but if this is as "finished" as KOTOR2 was at release then it may be that Sega's QA team have decided that it simply isn't up to spec and not likely to get there.
dactone 29th April 2010, 14:43 Quote
Damn I've been waiting for a tbrpg I would have snapped it up in a second! Final Fantasy 13 just didn't do it for me bring back the turn based rpgs!
xaser04 29th April 2010, 15:16 Quote
I am struggling to think how a Alien turn based RPG would work.

Surely the whole tension aspect of what makes the alien series so good (well the first two films anyway) would be lost if you had turn based encounters / combat.
vampalan 29th April 2010, 15:34 Quote
Just stick different graphics and call it something else, sorted.
CowBlazed 29th April 2010, 16:37 Quote
Alpha Protocol probably shares much of the same devleopment as this Aliens RPG, so in a way I think they did.
Bursar 29th April 2010, 17:27 Quote
Sounds very much like the old board game Space Hulk, which really was quite tense. As your marines were heading down a corridor, there would be a 'blip' counter on the board to represent the aliens. When you got line of sight to them, they'd be replaced with a number of models based on how many aliens made up the blip. Then you'd realise your lone marine was facing 3 of them, and try to run away as quickly as possible!
Yslen 29th April 2010, 18:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Grimloon
if this is as "finished" as KOTOR2 was at release then it may be that Sega's QA team have decided that it simply isn't up to spec and not likely to get there.

I ranted about KOTOR 2 for months, nay years after I finished it. If it wasn't for the quests you couldn't finish, the occasional conversations that made no sense and the completely screwed up ending it would be pretty much my favorite game ever. It had so much potential...
TWeaK 29th April 2010, 18:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
OffTopic : Sega needs to churn out another Virtual On! :X

Man I loved that game! You're right Sega really need to get back to their roots, they've had so many kickass games back in the day.
Phil Rhodes 29th April 2010, 21:04 Quote
Turn-based strategy? Tension?

Not nearly consolified enough!
GiantStickMan 29th April 2010, 21:52 Quote
I doubt they'd pull the plug without a valid reason, anything branded Aliens is going to sell like hotcakes regardless of it's quality *cough*AvP*cough* so I imagine there is more at play here than what they are letting on.
Star*Dagger 30th April 2010, 07:11 Quote
Suits and Games never mix!
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