Sega takes another stab at the famed horror/action franchise with the tense, claustrophobic Alien: Isolation.
Obviously skewed way more towards the horror side of things tun the action one, Isolation looks like it might be a very different experience for gamers- hopefully one that more closely mirrors the feel of the feature films than the universally panned Aliens: Colonial Marines. That debacle aside though, Alien: Isolation at the very least sounds like it has some serious ambitions.
On a decommissioned trading station in the fringes of space, fear and panic have gripped the inhabitants. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
With your character pitted against a lone Xeno, Isolation looks to recreate the kind of tension that was prevalent in the groundbreaking (and runaway hit) first movie in the Aliens franchise from director Ridley Scott, which was simply titled Alien.
“In Alien: Isolation, we have taken the series back to the roots of Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, the original survival horror,” said Alistair Hope, Creative Lead at Creative Assembly. “Our Alien is a truly terrifying creature, as intelligent as he is hostile, relentless, brutal and unstoppable. This is the Alien game fans of the series have always wanted.”
“Creative Assembly has created a truly incredible gaming experience, capturing perfectly the very core of what has made the Alien franchise remain relevant after 35 years,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “This partnership has led to the creation of a game that is simply outstanding and sets the tone for what is to come this year for the 35th anniversary of Alien.”
Wow, I hadn’t realized it was that long since Alien hit theaters. Which just goes to show you how fast time flies when you’re avoiding deadly bug-like critters with acid for blood. Keep on checking those corners, Alien: Isolation hits the Xbox One/360, PS4/3 and PC later this year. Also stay tuned for lots more Xenomorphic goodness throughout the whole year as 20th Century Fox plays up the brand for the big anniversary year.