While “Alien: Colonial Marines” (2013) was an absolute disaster, fans were gifted with the critically-acclaimed survival-themed “Alien: Isolation” (2014) just a year later. As fun as the latter was, we still have yet to get that Alien video game we’ve been begging for since shooters became popular in the 90s.
In a massive announcement this morning, FoxNext Games has acquired Bay Area-based game developer Cold Iron Studios, known for its expertise in massively multiplayer online games.
The studio’s first game will be a shooter for PC and consoles set in the cinematic universe of the Alien franchise!
“Cold Iron Studios has amazing design, craftsmanship and development talent that we are excited to welcome at FoxNext Games as we pursue our goal to build a multi-platform, multi-genre portfolio of great games,” Aaron Loeb, President of Studios, FoxNext Games, said. “I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”
Cold Iron Studios is comprised of industry veterans with a strong record of leading large-scale projects such as Neverwinter, Metroid Prime 3, BioShock Infinite, City of Heroes and many others. Cold Iron leadership includes Chief Executive Officer Craig Zinkievich, Chief Technology Officer Shannon Posniewski and Creative Director Matt Highison.
“We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe,” Zinkievich commented. “Our background in building online worlds and taking established franchises to the next level in interactive entertainment is a precise fit with our product roadmap ahead; we can’t wait to share more information soon.”