Gearbox Software, the developer of the upcoming game Aliens: Colonial Marines, has revealed details on the multiplayer component of the title.

The developer has assured gamers the multiplayer has received a "huge amount of attention" and gamers were offered a chance to give the title a hands-on test at the firm's studio in Dallas, Texas.

Unsurprisingly, the game pits the aliens from the 30-year-old franchise against the human might of the marines, with players being able to take either side.

The playable map in question was called Last Hope and the test only involved playing Team Deathmatch. When the final version is released players can expect a wealth of other, more objective-based modes.

Much like previous games in the series, reports suggest that it will be an absolutely terrifying experience to play as the marines.

The fear of the silent, looming xenomorphs will remain a constant for gamers as they keep a close eye on the motion detector, which contains the only information displayed on-screen, for any movement in the darkness.

Journalists at Computer and Video Games report that the audio is as terrifying as the films' sound effects and score, with each rifle burst, alien scuttle and tracker beep sounding like it came straight from the Ridley Scott's sound desk.

Much like the sound, the gameplay has burst straight out of the chest of the films too. When in control of the marines, players can expect to be huddled in penguin formation, constantly checking their motion trackers and moving very slowly.

Xenomorphs have the advantage of increased physical dexterity over their human counterparts, climbing on ceilings and through ventilation shafts in order to spring traps upon their prey.

Aliens: Colonial Marines' single player campaign takes place after the events at the end of Alien 3. It follows a marine named Winter who is part of a search and rescue team looking for Signourney Weaver's character Ellen Ripley.

The game has no exact release date but fans can expect it sometime this autumn. ADNFCR-1220-ID-801334331-ADNFCR
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