New Alien MMO shooter may get delayed, cancelled due to FoxNext sale

Disney selling FoxNext could disrupt the new Aliens MMO shooter.

Published Wed, Sep 11 2019 2:17 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:47 AM CST

Reports say Disney is selling its FoxNext gaming branch, which may interrupt development of the next big Aliens game.

New Alien MMO shooter may get delayed, cancelled due to FoxNext sale |

Disney doesn't like making its own video games. The company instead opts to license major IPs and properties to publishers like EA (Star Wars) and Square Enix (Marvel's Avengers). Disney has repeatedly said it has no plans to publish its own games. Now it might be looking to sell more gaming divisions so it can lower investment costs and keep profits high.

Sources tell Bloomberg that Disney is planning to sell FoxNext, a FOX-based game development branch responsible for the Marvel Strike Force mobile game and an upcoming Aliens video game. FoxNext subsidiary Cold Iron Studios is currently making new Aliens AAA MMO shooter for consoles, and a sale could significantly disrupt, delay, or even cancel the ambitious-sounding title.

Usually when game divisions are sold lots of projects are cancelled or halted. Disney's acquisition of LucasArts years ago saw a few Star Wars games canned, including the ill-fated Star Wars 1313.

Not much is known about the unannounced Aliens shooter. Cold Iron has been ramping up dev and hiring a bunch of new team members for months now. There's a good possibility that all of these efforts could be in vain, and whoever buys FoxNext could shut the project down and focus exclusively on free-to-play mobile games.

Neither Disney or its potential buyer have confirmed any details on the sale.

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