A classic Aliens character makes an unexpected comeback, complete with voice work by the original actor.
Aliens fans have already seen and heard plenty about the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines title, but a tasty new tidbit discovered by Gamezone might just give diehard Xenomorph hunters a reason to squeal: The beloved Corporal Dwayne Hicks will appear in both the multiplayer and campaign portions of the game, and what’s more, actor Michael Biehn is lending his vocal chords to voice the character.
Given the storied history of the franchise, any new piece of media that carries the Alien name automatically has pretty big shoes to fill. Aliens, the second film in the series, is largely considered to be the finest – and most quotable – entry. Bringing back a memorable character and scoring the original actor to voice him should lend a pleasant touch of nostalgia to the shooter.
If you’re not familiar with the Alien franchise – or simply need a refresher on how these 20-year-old flicks unfolded – let me fill you in on why the addition of Hicks is interesting from a story perspective: After the marines’ botched mission on planet LV-426, Hicks is one of just three people to survive, with the other two being Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and a young civilian girl nicknamed Newt. When we rejoin the story in the sequel, Alien 3, both Newt and Hicks have died in their crashed escape pod, leaving Ripley as the lone survivor.
Colonial Marines takes place after the events of Alien 3, and is considered to be part of the official Alien story canon. So, given that Hicks dies before the game’s adventure takes place, we imagine that some crazy sci-fi twists are in store that allow him to return.