Updated / Aliens: Colonial Marines in 2011 unlikely

Update: All silly talk. Pitchford’s rubbished any such claims to EG: “I haven’t seen the issue of Edge [sic] that the NeoGAF story is referencing or what was printed, but I am certain that I haven’t discussed anything specific regarding Aliens: Colonial Marines with anyone beyond emphasising how passionate I am about the title and how committed my studio and I are to making it great.

“It looks to me like whomever made that post on NeoGAF made an interpretation that could be misleading or inaccurate.

“I am excited that there is so much interest in the game that stories like this tend to pop up literally out of nowhere and from nothing, and I am looking forward to talking more about Aliens: Colonial Marines very soon so that speculation and arbitrariness can be replaced with tangible, reliable and accurate information.”

Original story: Gearbox may begin talking about its Aliens game in a month or two, but it appears it’s best not to expect it to arrive at retail until 2012. At the earliest.

CEO Randy Pitchford himself reportedly nixed a possible 2011 release for the long-in-development shooter in an interview included in the latest issue if EGM. So that’s a bummer.

Alan Pritchard, VP of Sales and Marketing at publisher Sega America, just recently said the game is very much still on though: “We’ve been working closely with Gearbox behind the scenes, and we’ll be able to tell you a lot about that in the next couple of months.” Here’s hoping.