In 2018, Microsoft acquired Obsidian, which had previously worked with various publishers for many years. Obsidian is one of the most productive teams on Xbox, having released Grounded and Pentiment last year, and now they have at least 2 major AAA projects in development: The Outer Worlds 2 and Avowed.
Josh Sawyer of Obsidian, who is the game director of Pentiment and is also known for his work on Fallout New Vegas and a number of other projects, said that the studio could release an Alien game. In his social networks, he said that from 2006 to 2009, Obsidian worked with SEGA on a game based on the Aliens franchise. Sawyer stated that the development was chaotic and very slow, because then the studio had no directors, and all the main figures were equal among themselves, because of which disagreements constantly arose. Development was especially slow when it moved from ideas to creating workable levels.
As Sawyer says, since the studio was then working not only on the Alien game, but also on Alpha Protocol for SEGA, the publisher decided to focus on Alpha Protocol. At the same time, writes Josh Sawyer, the overall concept of their Alien game was similar to Aliens: Fireteam Elite (available on Game Pass) – it was also a third-person project with a small team, with an emphasis on interaction and support.
Josh Sawyer provided his account of the Aliens game with several images from that canceled project, which can be seen below.