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The Insane Alien FPS That Never Was

Considering how many bad games have been made over the years, it's always a bummer to hear about something that sounds awesome but was canned before we could play it. You can probably add Boss Key Productions' unmade Alien game to that list, because it at least sounds like it had an intriguing premise. 


On Twitter, former Boss Key CEO Cliff Bleszinski gave fans a few juicy details about the canceled game. "Before BKP shut down we were in talks to do a new game in the Aliens franchise with Fox," said Bleszinski. He also further explained that Boss Key lost the rights to the property when Disney acquired Fox.

What's more, Bleszinski said that the game would have been a first-person shooter, which certainly seems like the right fit for the action-oriented Boss Key Productions. However, the most interesting thing to note about the concept for the game is that it would have ignored all of the sequels after 1986's Aliens.

What Boss Key's Aliens game could have been

In Boss Key's Alien game, players would have taken control of a fully-grown Newt, the young girl that Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley fought to protect in Aliens. That character was controversially killed off in the beginning of Alien 3, but Boss Key's game would have ignored that, giving fans a continuation of Newt's arc. 


As Bleszinski described, Ripley would still be alive and be your guide through the adventure. Along with an android named Casey (after Newt's doll from the film), Newt would be battling the evil Weiland-Yutani corporation as it attempted to weaponize the titular aliens.

Sadly, Boss Key Productions lost the license and eventually closed its doors after a string of high-profile failures. Given Bleszinski's willingness to share so many details of the canceled production, it's unlikely that any of these concepts will be reused in a future game. Still, for fans of the franchise, it's wild to think about what could have been.