Gearbox has been working on Colonial Marines for years now and it had been wondered whether or not the game would see the light of day. SEGA greenlit a number of Alien-related projects and canceled them, including an Alien RPG from Obsidian.

It looks like Gearbox is finally ready to show what they have been working on at this year's E3 expo and has released a screenshot, press release, and teaser trailer. Besides the fact that it is an Alien game that puts you in the shoes of a Colonial Marine, we're really excited to hear that the game will revisit the settings of Aliens for this game by taking you to the abandoned Sulaco. Continue reading to check it all out...

"SEGA Europe Ltd. and SEGA of America, Inc., have announced that the highly anticipated first-person shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines will be launching in spring 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

In partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and developed by critically acclaimed studio Gearbox Software, Aliens: Colonial Marines will bring new levels of bone-chilling suspense and adrenaline-filled action to the renowned franchise. The game pits players against the universe's ultimate alien killing machines, the Xenomorphs, in claustrophobic environments guaranteed to produce blood-curdling thrills that the movie is renowned for. A first look of the game is being presented in the South Hall at SEGA’s booth #2023 at E3 in Los Angeles.

To Gearbox Software and its peers throughout the industry, ALIENS is one of the most influential science fiction properties of all time, said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. "Aliens: Colonial Marines, designed as an interactive successor to the landmark films from Twentieth Century Fox, is a dream project about which our studio is deeply committed and passionate."

"Aliens: Colonial Marines will be THE definitive ALIENS gaming experience," said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. "Gearbox Software are doing a brilliant job translating the thrill and horror that ALIENS stands for into an action-packed shooter experience with co-operative gameplay at its core."

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."

Source: Official Press Release