Aliens: Fireteam Elite launches on Switch, adds free new update

Aliens: Fireteam Elite launches onto Switch and teases a brand-new horde map in a free update trailer!
Aliens Fireteam Elite Update
Image: Cold Iron Studios

Aliens: Fireteam Elite, the hit third-person survival shooter from developer Cold Iron Studios, has officially launched on the Nintendo Switch today and introduced a free “Terminal Containment” update.

Like today’s new Aliens: Dark Descent pre-order trailer, Aliens: Fireteam Elite’s new content and Switch port have lined up with this year’s Alien Day, a celebration of the original film that references the terrifying moon LV-426.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is available now on PC, Nintendo Switch, and current or last-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Here’s the Nintendo Switch launch trailer from the Aliens: Fireteam Elite YouTube channel:

The new “Terminal Containment” update is available now, adding a fourth new horde map and more cosmetic rewards. For a breakdown on all of the fresh content, you can watch the full Terminal Containment trailer on the Aliens: Fireteam Elite YouTube channel:

Naturally, the new horde map Terminal Containment is the highlight of today’s update, as the only fresh gameplay content. But there aren’t many details on the layout or features in today’s teaser, which is mostly cinematic.

The trailer description notes that the central control room is the major point of interest, where players can easily set up defenses, but also become easily surrounded. The devs have consistently rolled out some pretty balanced map designs, so hopefully Terminal Containment will follow suit.

Of course, players are certain to work hard to master Terminal Containment in order to pick up the “Game Over” decal. The quote is simply too iconic to ignore, and it’s a surprise the decal wasn’t already available. Otherwise, the in-game rewards a little underwhelming.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is an unexpectedly satisfying shooter, with enough theme, attitude, and action to justify the distinct Left 4 Dead influences. It’s great to see the devs are even still invested enough for free updates like this, and fans surely hope to see more.

You can read more about Aliens: Fireteam Elite, Cold Iron Studios, and other multiplayer shooters by checking out the rest of our news section.

Anthony Fertino

Anthony Fertino

Anthony Fertino is a novelist and lifelong gamer, born and raised in Southern California. He's been a content writer for over 10 years, and studied film at SMC for 4 years. When he isn't playing shooters, RPGs, or indies, he's reading SFF novels and trying the latest tabletop games.

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