Gearbox has revealed details of a new multiplayer mode for Aliens: Colonial Marines. It’s called Escape, and pits a team of four US colonial marines against – you’ve guessed it – a team of four playable Xenomorphs. The mode has the added pressure of a time limit, in which the soldiers must stay alive and make their way to the evacuation zone. Meanwhile, the Xenomorphs must hunt down and kill the marines.
The Xenomorphs aren’t all the same, however. There are distinct classes (seen in Gamespot’s trailer). The Xenomorph Soldier is highly resistant to damage and excels at close combat; the Xeno Lurker is the fastest and most agile of the aliens, possessing a "quick strike" ability which lets them pin marines to the ground; finally, there’s the Xeno Spitter which can attack marines from a distance by spraying acid from its "cranial acid pouches". Charming.
SEGA says that players "will have to work together as a team, utilizing each faction’s unique skills, and identifying their opponents’ weak spots to either reach the safety of the escape point or to eliminate their targets". No details were given regarding the abilities of the marines, but presumably one of you will have the nerve-shredding job of monitoring the motion detector.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on February 12, 2013.
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