Jason Kingsley of Rebellion has said hardware limits had previously curtailed ambitions in earlier Alien Versus Predator games.
He reveals the new game is set "about 30 years" after the Aliens film, where a colonised planet stumbles upon ancient ruins. It'll "dovetail directly" into the 20th Century Fox flicks too.
Multiplayer will have a big role with each class acting out a rock-paper-scissors dynamic against one another, but each are accompanied by a singleplayer campaign.
"The game is set about 30 years after Aliens on a new planet. It has been colonised for around 20 years and already had a breathable atmosphere," Kingsley tells PSW magazine.
"As the Colony continued digging for minerals they discovered ancient ruins that immediately caught the attention of Weyland Yutani, who began doing a more thorough sweep of the rest of the planet. That was seven years ago, and recently the company found what they were looking for, but couldn't contain it..."
Asked how exactly will this new AVP tie-in with the older games, Kingsley points to hardware limitations having been lifted since those days. "We always had many more ideas that we wanted to put into the previous games, but were limited by the hardware of the time," he said.
"Now we have been able to push things far further than before. So there's plenty of inspiration and features from the previous games, including the key, iconic weapons and equipment from the 1999 game forming the basis for the latest version's gameplay."
To read more on the upcoming Aliens Versus Predator 3 from Rebellion and SEGA, you'll have to grab issue 120 of PSW magazine and flick through their 6-page preview.