Indeed: Boss Key Productions was in talks with Fox to make an FPS set in the Aliens universe!
Bleszinski revealed on Twitter what he had on his mind before the studio got shut down: „Before Boss Key Productions shut down, we were in talks to do a new game in the Aliens franchise with Fox. Then Disney bought them and that got lost in the shuffle, darn it. Ripley would be alive and be your ‘Cortana/Anya.’ You’d play as grown Newt. On Earth. Weyland-Yutani is weaponizing the aliens in a Black Mesa style facility and, of course, all hell breaks loose. Your robotic pal i.e. Bishop? A new one named ‘Casey’ after her doll in Aliens,” he wrote. So he would have taken some ideas from Halo and Gears of War, which doesn’t sound bad.
However, Bleszinski would have gone extreme: he would not have considered anything canon outside Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986)! Only the first two films would have been used as lore, nothing else. That is indeed a bold move from him…
This game could have continued the resurrection of the aliens (see what we did there?), as 2014’s Alien: Isolation was outstanding by Creative Assembly and SEGA (and as we wrote, even the Nintendo Switch port is amazing!). The genre would have been FPS – CliffyB said it, too -, but it would have been an action-oriented game, and possibly not as undercooked as 2013’s Aliens: Colonial Marines was.
What a shame. If Lawbreakers and Radical Heights didn’t flop, and if Disney didn’t acquire Fox (and this would be the bigger issue…), then who knows what Newt’s story could have been? CliffyB is now busy with Broadway, and his gaming industry memoir book. However, he already offered The Coalition to help with Gears 6.