We're not due a new instalment in the Alien film franchise anytime soon, but that doesn't mean we won't be getting a video game. Last week, a trademark was submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) by 20th Century Fox, making the name Alien: Blackout available for use in games, "namely, game software, computer game and video game software". What's more, if Geoff Keighley is to be believed, there's every chance we'll see its announcement at The Game Awards on December 6th.
Developer Cold Iron is a studio owned by 20th Century Fox and is currently working on "a new PC and console shooter based on the Alien franchise" according to their website. The studio is yet to release a game of their own since their foundation in 2015, but the company was set up by several former members of Cryptic Studios, the team behind games like City of Heroes, Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter. During an interview with GamesIndustry.biz back in January, the company's CEO Craig Zinkievich stated the game would "explore areas of the universe that fans haven't gotten to experience".
At the start of November, Keighley teased the image below for the aforementioned The Game Awards. Those of you who know the Alien franchise may already be noticing the similarities to both the slogan ("Building Better Worlds") and the font used by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, the fictional company trying to capture and control xenomorphs so they can be used as biological weapons... and a lucrative source of money. If those worlds will indeed change, what have they got planned now?
The speculation of an announcement at The Game Awards has also been fuelled by Keighley's friend Hideo Kojima paying a visit to 20th Century Fox where he was pictured with Alien memorabilia. We'll be reporting all of the news from the awards as it happens on December 6th, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled on TA to see what's going to happen next in the world of Alien.
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