The first episode of Team17's recent revival of the classic Alien Breed franchise on Xbox LIVE Arcade turned out poorly from the view of some fans and critics, partly due to the broken co-op (or so we hear), and also the lack of "magic" which the originals held. The games, if you're not familiar, focus on atmospheric sci-fi alien shooting, similar to Frozenbyte's excellent Shadowgrounds series.
The studio says its listened to the community and is bringing things up to par with Alien Breed: Impact, an updated and enhanced version of last year's Alien Breed: Evolution, soon to be released on PlayStation Network and also PC via Steam.
Given they've delayed the second episode in favor of fixing the first up, signs are promising it could be what it was meant to. So what's new? A more difficult experience, more individual exploration, more distinct enemy designs, improved co-op, and a "Prologue" campaign -- an "updated and expanded introduction to the world of Alien Breed."
Finally, one of the bigger changes is the addition of upgradeable weapons -- pack in some extra firepower or improve reload times, for example, using cash looted from corpses and lockers. Upgrades are expensive, so you'll have to be careful about what you go with -- this adds quite a bit of depth to an otherwise "arcadey" experience.
Word is Team17 will be moving in the direction of Impact with future installments, so there's that to look forward to.
The game is launching this summer -- we should have a review up next week. In the meantime, have a look at the PC screeenshots below.