SEGA has announced that Gearbox Software’s Aliens: Colonial Marines first-person shooter will finally see light of day on 12 February 2013 for PS3, Xbox 360, PC and, eventually, Wii U.

‘I am thrilled to announce the definitive launch date for Aliens: Colonial Marines,’ said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines is the culmination of a life-time of inspiration from the films and relentless passion and drive from the exceptionally talented development team behind the scenes.’

Fans of James Cameron’s Aliens can expect an ‘authentic addition to the franchises’ canon’ with Gearbox delivering single, cooperative and competitive gameplay modes.

Providing for an innovative ‘asymmetrical competitive multiplayer experience’, the game lets players choose between United States Colonial Marines and xenomorphs across iconic environments from the film franchise.

‘We knew this game would be incredible from the moment Gearbox began developing Aliens: Colonial Marines,’ said, Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing for SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. ‘Now that the title is in its final stretch of development, we can confidently release the exact date that gamers will finally get to experience this blockbuster thrill-ride.’

So far we know that the game begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew.

They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Hopefully we’ll have the chance to go hands-on with this soon so stay tuned.