Aliens: Colonial Marines has seen its release date pushed back so many times, some have thrown the title in the “would be nice but will never happen” box, but, developer Gearbox Software’s (Boarderlands, Boarderlands 2, Brothers in Arms) President Randy Pitchford, assures us the game WILL in fact be released in February, and it will bring an all new level of chilling suspense, and adrenaline filled action to the renowned franchise, that has had a less then stellar video game past.

The game is being offered with a trove of extras for the pre-release of the game. Including everything from four movie character skins, (CPL. Hicks, PVT. Hudson, SGT Apone, and PVT Drake) an in-game weapon that is suitably called “Ripley’s Flamethrower”, a prototype weapon called the Phase Plasma Rifle, extra character customization, a special area called the U.S. Colonial Marines Academy Firing Range, and an epic statue of a Marine controlled Power Lifter being attacked by a Xenomorph (CE Pre-order only).

Gearbox is promising that this will be the most authentic Aliens experience ever, using authentic environments inspired by the movie for the most epic main story line the franchise has ever seen, as well as drop-in and drop-out 4 player co-op modes, an extensive upgrade/exp system that will allow you to gain perks for you to customize your character with new weapons, armor, looks for your squad, and even a full blown female main character story line.

Gearbox’s offering to the multi-player fans out there is a unique, and fresh new outlook on PvP called; Escape Mode, which puts a four person Marine team on the offensive, against a four player Xeno team. The Marines must shoot their way through the fast-paced map, in order to escape the attacking Xeno team, who in return, will try to eliminate their prey as quickly as possible. Under the pressure and time limit, players will have to work together as a team, utilizing each faction’s skills, to find the other teams weak spots to either reach the safety of the escape zone or to eliminate their targets.

So with all the promises Gearbox and Twentieth Century Fox are giving us for this game, will it be enough for us who like to keep our controllers around, for close encounters? or will it leave us all yelling “GAME OVER MAN!”? The game will release February 12, 2013 for XBOX360, PS3, and PC, with a later release slated for the Wii-U system for us all to decide.