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Aliens: Fireteam, the cooperative shooter of a staff of absolute badasses faced with endless hordes of extra priapical terrestrials, it will be released on August 24 with a slightly changed name: Aliens: Fireteam Elite.
The Left 4 Dead-inspired shooter didn’t take off our socks exactly when we saw him earlier this year. It’s not that he doesn’t look like a competent shooter, though we won’t have a last word until he comes out, but simply because he follows the bright and more claustrophobic Alien: Isolation. As we said in the March 2021 preview, it seems like a step backwards: "There are so many things that could be done with the Alien license and an Aliens-based co-op shooter feels like the most hung fruit."
Of course, the other side of this coin is that a fight against the alien and synthetic horrors of Weyland-Yutani is something that rises quite on its own. The biggest challenge facing Fireteam may not be the unimaginative approach of the Alien environment, but the excess abundance of upcoming Left 4 Dead leftists, including Back 4 Blood, Redfall, The Anacrusis, Rainbow Six Extraction and Evil Dead. It’s a pretty crowded field and there’s no sure bet that another bug hunt will stand out from this crowd.
As for the name change, no reason was given, so I can only theorize that it’s to reassure players that they are effectively modern and not just a bunch of grunts. (No offense.)
Aliens: Fireteam Elite is now available for pre-purchase Steam in a $ 40 standard or $ 70 deluxe edition, which includes the Endeavor Pass collection of four post-release cosmetic DLC packs and the Endeavor veterans pack of over 20 individual cosmetics, including kit skins of armor, emoticons, weapon colors and stickers. Details of both editions and everything else are available at aliensfireteamelite.com.