The now-defunct RPG would have shared similar gameplay to Obsidian's other gun-toting title, "Alpha Protocol." While both games were in development under Sega in 2009, the Japanese publisher opted to move forward with "Alpha Protocol" and cancel "Aliens Crucible." At the time, work on "Aliens Colonial Marines" from Gearbox Software looked promising, and the publisher didn't want to cannibalize sales. The fate of "Colonial Marines" is now known, but gamers can only lament the loss of Obsidian's title and ponder what might have been.
Those ponderings were given a jolt when a 13-minute gameplay video was posted by OXM. The footage is obviously work-in-progress, but showcases what Obsidian was attempting to do. It ultimately looks like a blend of "Mass Effect" and "Aliens" with an extensive character creation tool. It's hard to say what "Crucible" would have ultimately ended up like, but if it was anywhere as good as "Alpha Protocol," this is one game that will be sorely missed.
Now, gamers and "Aliens" fans only have a new title from "Total War" director Creative Assembly to look forward to.