December 12, 2006 - Following SEGA's Alien announcement yesterday, the company told IGN it will name the developers this week in press announcements on Wednesday and Friday.
The two developers are likely Obsidian and Gearbox, best known for their work on Knights of the old Republic: The Sith Lords, and Brothers in Arms, respectively. The two independent developers were listed in the copyright section of http://aliens.sega-europe.com/en/index.html and then promptly removed yesterday.
When phoned, SEGA of America representatives said the developers were posted "erroneously." SEGA added that it could neither confirm nor deny whether they were the correct development teams on the projects.
SEGA has plans to create a first-person shooter and an RPG, so there is logic in working with Gearbox and Obsidian. Gearbox, led by Randy Pitchford, is an excellent first-person shooter developer and is an independent company looking to expand beyond its popular WWII FPS Brothers in Arms series. Obsidian has roots with Black Isle, which created all sorts of fantastic RPG and RTS games under Interplay's watch, so connecting with this company also makes good sense. If these are the two correct developers, then SEGA has done its homework. With the exception of the first FPS games on PC (which were good), the Alien franchise has essentially been butchered in videogame form. Can you imagine what Obsidian will do with Alien as a role-playing game?
Check back this week for SEGA's official announcements.
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