As I booted up Aliens: Colonial Marines for the first time over the weekend, I was presented with the usual cavalcade of company intro videos. Gearbox, Sega, 20th Century Fox, TimeGate Studios. Wait, who’s TimeGate studios? Well, if this post from NeoGAF can be believed, they’re the folks who did the bulk of the work on the game’s single player campaign.
According to user subversus (who did all the digging), development of the game has been a “total trainwreck,” quoting a developer who left the project. Primary development was handed over to TimeGate Studios, best known for Section 8 and two expansions to the original F.E.A.R, with Gearbox focusing on the game’s multiplayer offerings. Now, in this day and age, studios outsourcing bits of bigger projects to smaller studios is common practice. But to hand off the entire campaign to an outside studio is unheard of.
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