When a full platoon of Colonial Marines gets wiped out of existence, someone tends to notice. That’s what happened in James Cameron’s 1986 film Aliens and while the subsequent sequels followed Ellen Ripley’s story, we never found out what happened outside of her limited point of view. One would assume the military was pretty pissed to lose all that manpower and equipment without a trace.

That’s where the 2012 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines picks up. It follows a team of Marines who are sent back to LV-426, back to the abandoned U.S.S. Sulaco, to investigate what happened to our beloved Hicks, Hudson, Vasquez, Apone and more. Gearbox, the team behind Borderlands and Duke Nukem Forever, has been developing this game for five years and – in anticipation of next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo – has finally released a trailer for the Spring 2012 release.

Here’s the trailer. No game footage here (just the screenshot above), but it’s an awesome tease at the story you’ll experience. Fans of the Cameron movie will love all the subtle nods to the film just in this 90 seconds.

Bad. Ass.

Here’s some more info from the press release:

SEGA Europe Ltd. and SEGA of America, Inc. today announced that the highly-anticipated first-person shooter, Aliens: Colonial Marines™, will be launching in spring 2012 on PC, PlayStation3 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.

“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.”

Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President of New Media for Fox Consumer Products added, “It’s no easy task to take on one of the most influential films of all-time, but SEGA and Gearbox are not going to disappoint. This game will be a must-have for fans of the ALIENS franchise and gamers around the globe.”

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.

Aliens: Colonial Marines will be available spring 2012 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game is also on display at this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

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