Sega buys Alien franchise!

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by Hadrian, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. Yes, I have faith in Sega

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  2. No, Sega kinda suck right now.

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  3. Maybe, it has potential I guess.

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  1. Hadrian

    Hadrian Everybofy knows badgers like MASH POTATOES!

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    United States
    Source: Hollywood Reporter

    Sega has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising for a series of games based on the "Alien" movies, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The publisher, best known for its "Sonic the Hedgehog" video game franchise, is developing multiple next-generation and PC video games set in the Alien universe, including a first-person shooter and a role-playing game, with the first product to ship in 2008.

    Rob Lightner, vp business development, said Sega is in talks with actors from the films, including Sigourney Weaver and Lance Henriksen, to reprise their movie roles by providing their likenesses and voice roles for the games.

    "We haven't finalized anything at this point, but everything is on the table," Lightner said. "It's important for everyone to understand the difference here: We're taking licensing to the next level with this franchise."

    Mike Gallo, senior producer of the "Alien" games at Sega, said the new games will not follow the strict story lines of any of the four films in the series but instead will provide a new experience by drawing from the history and lore that is the foundation of the films.

    "We'll go out of our way to tie the games into the films in unique ways," he said. "We're also looking at all 'Alien' source material for inspiration, in addition to the films. We may incorporate some characters that fans know and love, and we may let gamers find answers to questions that were left unanswered in the movies."

    There have been about a dozen "Alien" video games, dating to the Atari 2600 game that came out in 1982 and leading to Glu Mobile's cell phone game "Aliens: Unleashed" from 2003. Gallo said Sega's games will stand out from previous efforts thanks to new technology developed for next-generation machines.

    "Alien" (1979) and its three sequels have grossed more than $557 million in worldwide boxoffice and garnered two Oscars.

    Elie Dekel, executive vp at 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, said Fox is keeping the "Alien vs. Predator" franchise, which has a second film in production, apart from this game deal. The "AVP" franchise had a best-selling PC video game franchise from Vivendi Games released before the movie bowed in August 2004. She said that although the first "AVP" film did not have a direct tie-in, there could be a new game for the sequel.

    Dekel said that Fox has other catalog properties that could turn into long-term game franchises, naming "Big Trouble in Little China," "The Fly" and "Fantastic Voyage."
  2. Harsky

    Harsky Madmin

    Aug 2, 2004
  3. serious_sean

    serious_sean GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 23, 2005
    United States
    Sega is not good. outside of smilebit and am2, they don't have a drop of talent left.

    Sonic is a special embarrasment. the outsourced gba and ds game, however, are great.

    farm out the properties to people that know what they're doing, and let the properties become respected again.
  4. TmP_stryk

    TmP_stryk Still I Rise™

    Apr 18, 2003
    United States
    i just wish sega would commit to shenmue 3! pleeeeeeeeease
  5. SpaceJump

    SpaceJump GBAtemp Psycho!

    Aug 18, 2005
    New Panzer Dragoon anyone? :'(

    Seeing the current Sega games I really cannot believe that Sega can pull off a good game out of Alien. But we'll see.
  6. mr_blonde_88

    mr_blonde_88 Torture You? That's A Good Idea. I Like That

    Jul 18, 2006
    Bristol (UK)
    you said it
  7. ShadowXP

    ShadowXP ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Dec 20, 2002
    "No, Sega kinda suck right now."

    Their biggest and probably best studio Sonic Team has been slaughtered... jokes like Shadow The Hedgehog and Sonic The Hedgehog (360) are ridiculous, really.

    Expect these games to be either really really good or the biggest load of shite you've played in a while.
  8. Darkforce

    Darkforce DERP!

    Former Staff
    Nov 5, 2002
    Sega have some of the biggest original ip right up their with Nintendo... why the heck do they need to buy the rights to the Alien series? Heck a new Shenmue, NiGHTs, Streets of Rage, Panzer Dragoon, Crazy Taxi, HOTD or just about anything would sell better than that Alien crap.
    Sega have so lost the plot it's unbelieveable.

    I've got stacks of ideas for a new Sonic game, maybe I should get a job at Sega lol? =z
  9. ShadowXP

    ShadowXP ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Dec 20, 2002
    Yes please, the world would be a much better place.
  10. jumpman17

    jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action!

    Former Staff
    Apr 11, 2003
    United States
    I find it funny how they buy the rights to the game, and then pass it along for someone else to develop.

    Hopefully the upcoming Sonic Wii game will be good.

    In other news, the Sonic TV series, the SatAM one (anyone who cares knows what that means) is getting a complete series release on DVD thanks to Shout Factory this March!
  11. Jax

    Jax Pip Pip Cheerioink!

    Jul 31, 2006
    I guess a new FPS with Aliens for the Wii culd be a good idea... [​IMG]