Alien Vs Predator


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A short entry for our next GTW. This is one of the first mentions of the Alien VS Predator franchise which Activision first started out with.

Commodore Format first talked about plans of Activisions to produce a game for the home systems based on the popular comic (and long before the movie or console games came
about).Commodore Format were quoted as saying that this was Activision’s “Most promising
game”. Nothing else was known at the time about the game.

Sadly Activision lost interest with the 8-bits, and the game never surfaced, and nor did really any other new single releases after the likes of Atomic Robokid and Dragon Breed.

The game franchise did however surface about 4/5 years later on various platforms including the Jaguar. The 16-bit console versions were platform affairs, which no doubt the C64 would have been trying to emulate.

We do not know exactly how far the C64 conversion got, or if indeed the game was ever actually started or not. Commodore Format may have got their information wrong, so we could be searching for nothing. We urgently need new information on this title, so if you can help us, then please do so 🙂

The search just for information and confirmation begins….?

Did it ever get past the planning stages?…

Contributions: Andrew Fisher, Ross Sillifant

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13 Responses to Alien Vs Predator

  1. Ross Sillifant says:

    If anyone can find her, maybe Amanda Barry, Activision PR lady at the time, might be able to shed some light on what became of it?

  2. Ross Sillifant says:

    There were claims of a NES AVP by Activision back in Nov’1990 from VGCE Magazine, never seen any screens etc myself though.

    But a C64 version based around any planned NES game, would of at least been do-able i guess?.

  3. Ross Sillifant says:

    You also have ZERO I(ssue 10/August) via it’s news page, Oi! featuring a report on it, though they refer to it as Predator Vs Aliens 🙂

    Lot of utter speculation, plus PR guff from Activision, saying it’d be THE biggest film deal of 1991 and game would be a big hit, Zero suggesting game would combine elements from Arnies Predator film and the Alien Movie.

    Despite NO formats listed (PC/ST or Amiga), Zero seemed confident both the AVP Film and Game, would be out in 1991.

    News based on a PR brief, if ever there was 🙂

  4. Ross Sillifant says:

    Found another magazine snippet, this time in the ZX Spectrum Press:

    Your Sinclair, Aug’90..issue 56

    heading:Monster Mash (P6 if you can find the scan, Frank)

    Talks of Activision having bought the rights to make at least 1vcomputer version of AVP but they question just when said game would actually see the light of day….

    How very right they were there 🙁

  5. Ross Sillifant says:

    I really would love for more on this to come to light as going by what Rebellion have said, Atari had to aquire the AVP Licensce from Activision, in order to start work on Jaguar (and unfinished Lynx…) version of AVP and even then wanted to stick to the side scrolling genre for Jaguar version, until Rebellion convinced them otherwise.

    So, how much Activision paid for the licensce and how long it lasted for i’d love to hear for starters, as i’d of thought they’d of been keen to get a return on said investment and thus started work on 8/16 Bit Home micro versions….no matter how poor.

    There’s still not a shred of proof Atari even planned a 7800 version either.

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