Update: Aliens: Colonial Marines in ‘spring 2012’

Gearbox has just announced that the long-awaited Aliens Colonial Marines will indeed be on show at E3 next week, and that it will ship in ‘spring2012’. Exciting times.

What’s promised? Why, “new levels of bone-chilling suspense and adrenaline-filled action,” of course.

The game’s been known about for several years now, but has gone all but AWOL as far as new information is concerned. This changes now. We fully expect first assets next week (Update: or sooner, see below for first video and screenshot), but for now Gearbox and publisher Sega have a few bits of information to share.

“Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments, such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley’s Hope, weapons inspired by the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe.”

Sounds promising enough. ‘Til E3 then. For now, grab a new screen in the gallery here.