Thought to be long dead, Aliens: Infestation for the Nintendo DS thankfully came back to life, almost in a surprise way akin to a sole xenomorph messing things up Alien 3 style (that intro still has me pissed nearly twenty years later). As we all saw back in May, an Australian government certification website revealed that Aliens: Infestation for the DS was still alive and kicking and now Sega has officially announced the project.
Instead of terrifying and entertaining Nintendo DS owners alongside Aliens: Colonial Marines next Spring, Aliens: Infestation will be released this October. It may seem surprising that Sega is releasing a new Aliens game for the DS and opted to reveal it about three months prior to release, but you won’t hear any complaints from me. The opportunity to get my hands on Aliens: Infestation sooner rather than later is definitely appreciated since the game looks like absolute fun.
Not much has changed since we first saw WayForward’s side-scrolling Aliens game back in 2009. In fact it appears as if Aliens: Infestation has been in cryro sleep for the past two years only to be awaken now so the world can experience it. Sega has yet to release a trailer for the game but Aliens: Infestation is basically your standard 2D side-scrolling shooter with some influences from classics such as Metroid. There doesn’t seem to be too many gimmicks in the game as the only thing worth noting is that gamers will be able to recruit Colonial Marines to fight alongside them, all of whom have specific skills and who you select will affect the story and dialogue, which if I may add is a nice touch.
Sega may not feel confident in releasing some of their games for the 3DS just yet, but it’s nice to hear that they apparently like where Aliens: Infestation is at right now to finally release it on the DS. It may be a slight bummer that Aliens: Colonial Marines for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC is still a ways off but at least those that own a DS can partake in some xenomorph killing action that appears to be reminiscent of the old-school Aliens arcade game.
Though I have one note to my peeps at Sega: if you had WayForward slightly up-res the graphics and released Aliens: Infestation on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade it would sell like gangbusters. Gamers love the Aliens franchise, they love straight forward games and core gamers especially love side-scrolling games in the vein of Metroid or Castlevania. I’m sure people will pick up Aliens: Infestation on the DS but the game almost screams to be ported to the HD consoles as it would be bloody brilliant.