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Alien: Isolation  




Alien: Isolation is the new game in the Alien franchise photo
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!





Alien: Isolation's latest add-on serves up a gruff face to the Xenomorph photo


Alien: Isolation's new mode asks you to sacrifice success for security photo


Creative Assembly sees opportunity in an Alien: Isolation sequel photo


Attention all masochists: Alien: Isolation has a Nightmare difficulty now photo


Very Quick Tips: Alien: Isolation photo
Very Quick Tips: Alien: Isolation
11:00 AM on 10.07.2014


I got chills from the music in this Alien: Isolation launch trailer photo


Yeah, that flamethrower won't do much to help you survive in Alien: Isolation photo


Review: Alien: Isolation photo
Review: Alien: Isolation
8:00 AM on 10.03.2014


Playing Alien: Isolation on a convention floor isn't the best idea photo


Something's stalking us in Alien: Isolation's television ad photo


Alien: Isolation Updates, Screenshots, & Videos







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Very Quick Tips: Alien: Isolation photo
Very Quick Tips: Alien: Isolation
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6:30 PM on 02.10.2015
Alien: Isolation's latest add-on serves up a gruff face to the Xenomorph

Just like Alien: Isolation's last piece of content, the newest add-on again asks you to decide what's more important: a shot at leaderboard fame or safety? The two are mutually exclusive, and there's a pissed off Xenomorph t...more



5:00 PM on 01.13.2015
Alien: Isolation's new mode asks you to sacrifice success for security

Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation is a constant struggle for survival, and maybe more precisely, a neverending search for those few fleeting moments when you feel safe, even if you know danger's probably mere seconds...more



3:30 PM on 12.15.2014
Creative Assembly sees opportunity in an Alien: Isolation sequel

[Update: As expected, Sega's official comment to Destructoid is "Creative Assembly is focused on their post-launch content for Alien: Isolation, and have no comment on plans for a sequel.] Without doubt, Alien: Isolation...more



1:45 PM on 12.09.2014
Attention all masochists: Alien: Isolation has a Nightmare difficulty now

Anyone that's tried tackling Alien: Isolation on the toughest difficulty knows that it's a painstakingly hard endeavor. There's little room for error, as the alien is quite adept at adapting to your strategies. As if it ...more



11:00 AM on 10.07.2014
Very Quick Tips: Alien: Isolation

That Xenomorph can be one tricky asshole in Alien: Isolation. One time it walked out of a room, waited a second, then turned back around to find me awkwardly climbing out of the cabinet I had been hiding in. What a dick. Here's how to avoid that situation and more.more



1:45 PM on 10.06.2014
I got chills from the music in this Alien: Isolation launch trailer

Man, there sure have been a lot of Alien: Isolation videos lately. I guess that's the rote cycle of triple-A games marketing. Here's one more. But, this launch trailer may be better than all the other ones that have rel...more



6:30 PM on 10.03.2014
Yeah, that flamethrower won't do much to help you survive in Alien: Isolation

In the days leading up to Sega's release of Alien: Isolation, it mocks us with the semi-question "#HowWillYouSurvive," because Twitter-speak is what appeals to the cool local teens. This video firmly suggests that a flamethr...more



8:00 AM on 10.03.2014
Review: Alien: Isolation

From the old school "20th Century Fox" opening to the first few seconds, Alien: Isolation wants you to know that it takes after the first film from the series it was based on. One alien, one spaceship, one chance at survival. This is the game we should have gotten from Gearbox.more



7:00 PM on 09.29.2014
Playing Alien: Isolation on a convention floor isn't the best idea

Demoing a game like Alien: Isolation at a convention such as EGX or PAX has always been problematic since horror works best when there's time for quieter moments between the scares. There has to be a period of tension buildin...more



8:00 PM on 09.26.2014
Something's stalking us in Alien: Isolation's television ad

The latest piece of media for Creative Assembly's impending Alien: Isolation prods "How will you survive?" It's a fair question. With that hulking Xenomorph nimbly crawling out of the airshaft, stalking its prey before terrifyingly ending its life, it'll certainly be a tough task. When the game releases on October 7, the most likely answer will probably be "There's a good chance we won't."more




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