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Alien: Isolation is the new game in the Alien franchise

10:00 AM on 01.07.2014

A survival horror title for next-gen, last-gen, and PC


After months of rampant Internet speculation, Sega has finally revealed that Alien: Isolation is the new title in the Alien(s) franchise, and that it's being developed by Creative Assembly, the studio behind the Total War series. True to its non-plural namesake, Isolation will be a survival horror game in the same vein as Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece.

Alien: Isolation tells the story of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of the movie series' protagonist, Ellen Ripley. Amanda has been plagued since childhood by the mysterious disappearance of her mother after the loss of the Nostromo. Amanda, now a Weyland-Yutani employee herself, is tipped off that a space station has recovered the audio log detailing the events of the Nostromo. She journeys with a team to the space station, only to find that a Xenomorph has gotten there first and is wreaking havoc.

If the subject material sounds a tad unfamiliar, that's because it is. Alien lore details almost nothing about the life of Amanda Ripley. By choosing her as the protagonist, Creative Assembly wisely put itself into a position to craft its own story. It doesn't need to worry too much about staying true to source material, or heaven forbid, boast about being canon; it's all tangential which gives the studio room to work with.

One thing that Creative Assembly emphasized was that it wanted its project to have the same feel as Ridley Scott's Alien. To do this, it needed to make the Xenomorph a formidable foe, and to nail the survival horror elements -- all signature characteristics of the original movie.

Isolation will feature just one Alien that hunts the player throughout the game. It's a terrifying beast, standing approximately nine feet tall and constantly looking to feast on Ms. Ripley. Creative Assembly designed the Xeno to be sense-driven rather than pattern-based, meaning that it's always reacting to the player which makes it completely unpredictable. At no time will the player feel safe and comfortable when this thing's in the room.

Adding to the tension is the first-person viewpoint. Alien: Isolation started out as a third-person game, until a playtester began messing around with the dev tools. He swung the camera all the way into the character's head and looked at the Alien close up. He promptly showed the team, and it was a no-brainer to switch to a first-person view, as it added exponentially to the immersion, and thereby the overall scariness.

Maybe the most telling fact about Creative Assembly's commitment to Alien: Isolation is that it will solely feature a single-player campaign. The developers said that they felt that they could either focus their efforts on stellar single-player, or a decent campaign and a decent multiplayer mode. They decided to go for broke and do their best at making the game that they want to make.

And that's exactly what they're doing. They want to get back to the roots of survival horror. They want to make a Xenomorph that strikes the same fearsome chord as Ridley Scott's. And most importantly, they want to scare the living hell out of you.

Check out our hands-on preview of Alien: Isolation!





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8:00 AM on 08.13.2014
Alien: Isolation is haunting and uncompromisingly scary

Though it was initially seen as "Jaws-in-space," the legacy for Alien is certainly much more pristine than the one with the giant shark. Originally released in 1979, the first Alien would eventually become a much-loved horror...more



2:45 PM on 07.24.2014
Original Alien cast discuss how great the movie was while voicing Isolation

While voicing lines for the upcoming Alien: Isolation pre-order DLC, the crew of the original Alien took a few moments to compare the movie and videogame mediums while also reminiscing about the 1979 classic. Tom S...more



3:45 PM on 07.16.2014
Go play Alien: Isolation at Comic-Con

SEGA has announced its plans for San Diego Comic-Con, which is to chill at some place called Nerd HQ ironically held at the San Diego Padre's baseball park.  With how much videogame nerds try to bully sportsters for soci...more



1:45 PM on 07.11.2014
Alien Isolation Ripley DLC not pre-order exclusive, will release later

I think that Alien: Isolation could be great. Pre-order DLC is bad. Especially when it's actually cool sounding content, like a few missions starring the original Alien cast in the upcoming Alien: Isolation. After a...more



2:30 PM on 07.10.2014
Here's what Ripley and friends look and sound like in Alien: Isolation

Someone needs to take Sega aside and politely inform it that pre-order incentives aren't actually supposed to be enticing. Years of custom gun skins and XP boosts have made the whole affair predictable and boring, and then S...more



12:15 PM on 07.10.2014
Alien: Isolation's pre-order bonuses are annoyingly good

The pre-order bonuses for Alien: Isolation have been announced, and they're really, really cool... but should we take it at some kind of sign? After all, it was a very similar lust for bonuses that led to the crew of The Nostromo investigating the distress signal coming from LV-426, in the process granting passage to the film's titular nightmarish stowaway.more



10:15 AM on 07.09.2014
Original Alien cast returns for Alien: Isolation bonus content, available for those who pre-order

Alien: Isolation is supposed to be more like the 1979 horror film Alien, and less like the action shooter that some other Aliens game tried to be. Thus far, it looks like it has stuck to that design philosophy well enough, an...more



5:30 PM on 07.07.2014
Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift won't see the light of day

One of my favorite experiences at E3 was playing Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift. The extra layer of immersion that virtual reality could provide did wonders for an already terrifying game. Unfortunately, it seems as if...more



10:00 PM on 06.26.2014
It looks like people really dug Alien: Isolation at E3 2014

Another day, another bit of info about Alien: Isolation. I already know I want to buy it. I don't honestly need trailer after trailer with tiny morsels of gameplay. I'm about ready to jump right in, especially after Steven's...more



10:00 PM on 06.16.2014
Run, hide, survive: Good advice, Alien: Isolation trailer

That's the coolest SEGA logo ever. I've always liked when a logo is altered to tonally match whatever it's slapped on.  This Alien: Isolation trailer doesn't divulge too much, which is good for a horror title, thou...more





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3:45 PM on 07.16.2014
Go play Alien: Isolation at Comic-Con

SEGA has announced its plans for San Diego Comic-Con, which is to chill at some place called Nerd HQ ironically held at the San Diego Padre's baseball park.  With how much videogame nerds try to bully sportsters for soci...more



1:45 PM on 07.11.2014
Alien Isolation Ripley DLC not pre-order exclusive, will release later

I think that Alien: Isolation could be great. Pre-order DLC is bad. Especially when it's actually cool sounding content, like a few missions starring the original Alien cast in the upcoming Alien: Isolation. After a...more



2:30 PM on 07.10.2014
Here's what Ripley and friends look and sound like in Alien: Isolation

Someone needs to take Sega aside and politely inform it that pre-order incentives aren't actually supposed to be enticing. Years of custom gun skins and XP boosts have made the whole affair predictable and boring, and then S...more



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