Brace yourselves. A new Alien game is on the way.
Oh please let this one be good. Oh please, oh please, oh pleeeeeease. Less than a year after Colonial Marines crashed and burn in spectacular fashion, Sega is back with a new Alien game. With a new developer and new direction, Sega is promising that this new game will be nothing like the last one. They’ve revealed a ton of footage to back up their claims, so read on and check it out.
The game is called Alien: Isolation, and the title alone is a clue that things this time around will be different. The game is based on the original 1979 Alien film by Ridley Scott, and much like that film, Isolation will feature only a single xenomorph adversary, and no high tech weaponry to fight it. Set 15 years after the events of the film, Isolation places you in the role of Amanda Ripley, Ellen’s daughter, who is (surprise, surprise) now working for the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. She is lured to a derelict outpost in the hope of finding the black box from the Nostromo, and learning the fate of her mother and her doomed ship. Isolation is played through a first person perspective, and takes place in the Alien universe, but after that, the similarities to Colonial Marines seemingly end. This is not a shooter. You’ll have to improvise your own weapons through scavenging. The gameplay is survival horror, and Amanda spends long stretches of the game entirely alone, running from an adversary she has zero chance of defeating. Sound like fun? Check out the reveal trailer below.
Being developed by Total War developers Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation has been in production for three years. In addition to the reveal trailer, they’ve also released a sizable amount of gameplay footage. Playstation Magazine UK has posted the footage, along with their own thoughts and behind the scenes info, and you can watch it for yourself below.
I want to hate it. I want to shrug and say “whatever.” I want to walk away, cursing and muttering that I’ve learned my lesson and Alien will never hurt me again. But holy flying facehuggers, this game looks awesome! A return to the franchise’s roots seems like a wise move, and I can’t wait to see more. Sega is projecting a late 2014 release for Alien Isolation on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.