FoxNext Games has acquired Bay Area-based game developer Cold Iron Studios, known for its expertise in massively multiplayer online games. The studio’s first game under FoxNext’s leadership will be PC and console shooter set in the cinematic universe of the Alien franchise. While we don’t have a lot of information on the upcoming Alien game, we do know it has the potential to be awesome. You know, unless we end up being chased by a massive invulnerable xenomorph for the whole game. Actually, no, I think I’d like that.
This is a pretty ambitious move for FoxNext, as they haven’t exactly released a game yet. FoxNext Games’ first title Marvel Strike Force, developed by FoxNext Los Angeles was announced in late 2017. The mobile free-to-play title is a squad-based role playing game featuring the heroes and villains of the Marvel universe. Marvel Strike Force is slated to launch in 2018. Cold Iron also doesn’t have much on their resume at the moment, the studio is rather new. But they do appear to be hiring.
So this one is a little bit of a gamble. But I’m tentatively hopeful.
“Cold Iron Studios has amazing design, craftsmanship and development talent that we are excited to welcome at FoxNext Games as we pursue our goal to build a multi-platform, multi-genre portfolio of great games,” Aaron Loeb, President of Studios, FoxNext Games, said in a press release announcing the aquisition. “I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”
Cold Iron Studios is comprised of industry veterans from Neverwinter, Metroid Prime 3, BioShock Infinite, and City of Heroes. Cold Iron leadership includes Chief Executive Officer Craig Zinkievich, Chief Technology Officer Shannon Posniewski, and Creative Director Matt Highison.
“We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe,” Zinkievich commented. “Our background in building online worlds and taking established franchises to the next level in interactive entertainment is a precise fit with our product roadmap ahead; we can’t wait to share more information soon.”