Six years and four acquisitions later, Cold Iron Studios is ready to reveal exactly what kind of Alien game it’s working on: Foreigners: Fireteam. It’s a third-person, team-based survival shooter, and it’s slated for release on PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X and S this summer. Think “Left 4 Dead with Xenomorphs” and you’re halfway there.
Cold Iron is a 40-person studio founded in 2015 by former Cryptic Studios developers Matt Highison and Craig Zinkievich. At Cryptic, Highison and Zinkievich have worked on MMORPGs, including Star Trek Online and Dungeons and dragons Neverwinter, and at Cold Iron, they built a mysterious game in the Alien Universe. Cold Iron was bought and sold four times as of 2018 and is now owned by Daybreak Games.
Fireteam is not an MMO, although it is fully online and has RPG elements in the form of character classes with upgradeable skill trees and modifiable weapons. There are no built-in loot boxes or microtransactions Fireteam, and it’s not billed as a living game, although Cold Iron has plans for post-launch DLC.
Especially, Fireteam is also not a horror game. It’s set in the Alien Universe, so of course it’s filled with terrifying xenomorphs and sterile sci-fi environments, but it’s primarily a team-based shooter, more concerned with action and action. tactical only by the creeping tension. This is in contrast to that of 2014 Alien: Isolation, arguably the most iconic Alien game to date. Isolation was a stealth-based first-person survival experience from Creative Assembly and Sega, and it delightfully leaning into the horror roots of the series, pitting a player against a single monstrous creature.