Gearbox, responsible for the fantastic Brothers In Arms and Borderlands series, have responded to claims that females will be absent in their new IP, Aliens: Colonial Marines.

This situation arose when fans of the iconic film franchise took to the web to voice their concerns that females could take a back seat to male-dominated action, or even be removed completely. For those unfamiliar with the Alien franchise, this backlash may come across as surprising, especially considering the amount of testosterone fuelled shooters currently on the market, most of which have gone on sale without nay a female in gameplay sight.

However, the Alien franchise is renowned for establishing and maintaining a strong female lead, primarily Sigourney Weaver’s role as Ripley, laying to rest the myth that women aren’t as combat effective as men.

Even Prometheus, the latest film set in the Alien Universe, maintains a strong female as its leading protagonist. Therefore, it seems only natural that the same should apply to the franchise’s video game counter-part.

What’s absent from this picture? Unless the alien is female. In which case, outcry averted.

As a result, Randy Pitchford, CEO for Gearbox was forced to release a statement:

“We realised some people were starting to feel bad. We exist to entertain people. I want everybody to be clear that there are playable females in both the multiplayer and the campaign.”

How do you feel about this news? Do you feel that despite the strong presence of females in the Alien franchise that Colonial Marines should remain a male-dominated character driven game, or do you welcome the gender equality? Let us know in the comments below.

Daniel Martyniuk
Editor for Only Single Player - Daniel likes Single Player experiences so much, he once locked himself in his room for a year without food or water to pay homage to the solo adventure. Now back from the dead, Daniel can often be found perusing over the latest developments within the industry, whilst celebrating after successfuly completing XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Classic Ironman. Suck on that aliens! You can also follow and harrass me on Twitter @DanMightyNuke. Let me know what you think of the solo experience!

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4 Comments

  1. Aliens needs a strong female character in a central role. The series, from the beginning, was about Ellen Ripley even more than the Xenomorphs and if that pivotal aspect is missing, then this won&#039t be Alien, no matter what design cues may be used. Simple as that.

  2. Aliens needs a strong female character in a central role. The series, from the beginning, was about Ellen Ripley even more than the Xenomorphs and if that pivotal aspect is missing, then this won't be Alien, no matter what design cues may be used. Simple as that.

  3. As long as there are Aliens and guns to kill them with I&#039m happy. Gender in a video game has almost never mattered to me. Characters are people not stereotypes (like in Call of Dead, could they have made Sarah Michelle Gellar any more of a stereotype?)

  4. As long as there are Aliens and guns to kill them with I'm happy. Gender in a video game has almost never mattered to me. Characters are people not stereotypes (like in Call of Dead, could they have made Sarah Michelle Gellar any more of a stereotype?)

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