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New Alien game confirmed for Xbox 720

Will have multiplayer, possibly an action title

Creative Assembly's mysterious Alien title is in development for both current and next generation consoles, a job listing on the Total War studio's site has revealed. It may also be an action title running on an all-new game engine.

"We are seeking an experienced programmer with proven skills in the area of gameplay and multi-player games," reads the listing, spotted by Gamerzines. "The successful applicant will be working on a AAA multi-platform title on current and future generation consoles set in the Alien universe."

How will Creative Assembly's effort compare to Gearbox's Aliens: Colonial Marines?

Creative is also looking for an AI/gameplay programmer: the ideal candidate "will have a passion for action games and will be part of a growing team building a bespoke game engine for current and future generations of consoles."

A senior engine/graphics programmer is sought with "demonstrable, in-depth, understanding of next-gen rendering techniques including deferred lighting/shading/shadowing, shader pipelines, special effects, particle systems, post processing techniques."

Put all those together and what do you get? Well, you get an awful lot more than Creative was prepared to give away when they announced the project. Whatever it is, they've got former Crysis 2 developers working on it. The game won't be a movie spin-off and has nothing whatsoever to do with Dead Space.

Could this be the real Alien game I've always dreamed of?