20th Century Fox's video game arm FoxNext Games announced that it has acquired bay area video game developer Cold Iron Studios. What's more, the two companies have started work on a new shooter set in the Alien universe.
While details are sparse, FoxNext president Aaron Loeb announced that the company is excited to be working with Cold Iron Studios on an "action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe."
Cold Iron Studios is made up of experienced veterans in the video game industry who've worked on games like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, BioShock Infinite, and City of Heroes. It will be interesting to see the team take on the Alien franchise under the supervision of Fox.
After working with developer Aftershock on the mobile Marvel Strike Force title, FoxNext is looking towards expanding its portfolio with more PC and console games, starting with the Cold Iron Studios acquisition. According to the press release, FoxNext is committed to delivering new triple-A experiences, signaling that FoxNext is keen on developing games beyond just the mobile space.
I'll be interested into seeing what Cold Iron Studios does with a new Alien shooter. We've already had plenty of Alien games, most recently with the critically-acclaimed Alien: Isolation from Sega and Creative Assembly. While we've had plenty of games based on the original Alien films and even the Alien vs. Predator spinoff, we still haven't seen films set in the Prometheus or Alien: Covenant settings so perhaps that could be a new direction for the Alien video games.