Aliens: Colonial Marines leaves 'dangling threads' for the future

Aliens: Colonial Marines Brian Burleson says they left some "dangling threads" for other story writers to pick up.


Aliens: Colonial Marines is pitched as a direct story sequel to Aliens, but it won't put a bow on the series. Comments from Gearbox cinematic director Brian Burleson seem to indicate the company is grooming the franchise for future installments, though not necessarily in game form.

"Looking at the end of Aliens - we've got them getting off the planet, we've got that atmospheric processor going off," Burleson told Official Xbox Magazine. "Where can we pick up that thread? What are the repercussions of that?

"That's sort of where we come in, because as storytellers it's always fun to figure out where someone else left some dangling threads in their story. That's another cool thing about this universe: all the stories do that, they always leave a few dangling threads for somebody else to pick up. So we've run with a few of those, and created our own fiction from that, and left a few dangling threads of our own for other people to hopefully pick up one day, and expand the universe even further."

That doesn't sound like Gearbox already has Colonial Marines 2 in the works, but if the first game is a hit it does leave the studio some room to continue the series. Burleson, for his part, just seems excited about working with Aliens fiction in general. "Hopefully there's going to be lots more stories," he said. "I think we've picked an interesting bit for ours, and I hope other people are going to continue to make more stories with this universe in the future."

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    January 21, 2013 10:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Aliens: Colonial Marines leaves 'dangling threads' for the future.

    Aliens: Colonial Marines Brian Burleson says they left some "dangling threads" for other story writers to pick up.

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      January 21, 2013 10:47 AM

      translation: shitty ending

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      January 21, 2013 11:09 AM

      I liked how in AvP2 they left things open, and you knew that you would get the full story later when you played the other races. Leaving "dangling threads" makes me think of planned DLC by leaving things out of the single player. I hope that the game is a complete experience at launch. I'm looking forward to this.

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        January 21, 2013 11:29 AM

        complete experience at launch

        Played a lot of Gearbox games? Hopefully Borderlands 2 is a better indicator of their ability to provide a complete experience at launch than, oh, all their other games.

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      January 21, 2013 11:48 AM

      The preview from PC Gamer was pretty harsh on this game, too, and mirrored what I've seen many folk saying here at the Shack about it (poor animations, Aliens just not looking "right" based on the movies and such, and an overall sense of "meh-ness" about it).

      Going to be avoiding this one barring some last minute changes that turned this thing around.

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        January 21, 2013 11:58 AM

        It's made by Gearbox; this isn't a surprise ot anyone.

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          January 21, 2013 2:49 PM

          They'll just DLC the shit out of it anyway,

          I'm probably in a minority but I hate paid DLC, I'd rather see a full fledged expansion pack for $40-50 than a half-dozen $10 DLC mini-expansions, like Borderlands 2 has done.

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        January 21, 2013 3:57 PM

        The IP just feels so much like a 'well trodden path', that unless they do something /{so weird]/ with it, that the rights owners would freak out (I think Fox still owns it), it's going to be sort of a 'hey didn't we play this already?' kind of thing no matter how it turns out.

        Licensed IP games have an uphill climb, especially overexposed ones like the Aliens franchise. Playing the alien has been done, even all the alien life cycles, playing the Marines has been done... what's next? A totally original setting and main character(s) I think - but the ads I saw on TV look like an unsubtle homage to Cameron's Aliens - and I think the market for that has both somewhat aged out of games and is likely not impressed by it. Eh, it's likely just a project and publisher payments to keep em going until they get back to their own in-house IPs.

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      January 21, 2013 3:15 PM

      This game will be crap at best but leave it Randy the car sales man he'll sell it to you... He did with duke nukem... And as someone already mentioned they will probably dlc the hell out of this game.. Better start paying off reviewers....

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        January 21, 2013 3:25 PM

        Gearbox saved that game from the grave. At least we all got to see what a travesty it was thanks to them. They didn't develop it.

        Borderlands was good and Borderlands 2 was great. Gearbox is capable of good stuff. Can't say I was impressed with any of the videos of this game, though.

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          January 21, 2013 4:17 PM

          Randy still outright lied to us about the content and game content, although that is the norm for the games industry.

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