In space no one can hear you scream. In your living room however, everyone in your house can hear you scream… cry and whimper like a little sissy. It’s likely you will do all of the above when Alien: Isolation releases on the 7th of October. Following a dark time in the franchises history (Colonial Marines… *Shudder*) it certainly seems that SEGA are on the right track with this entry, which sets its focus on the horror side of the series .
Creative Assembly, developers of the hugely successful Total War games, are at the helm of this title which focuses on Amanda Ripley, daughter of movie protagonist Ellen Ripley; played by Sigourney Weaver in the 1979 classic and several sequels. The flight recorder of the Nostromo (the ship from the titular Alien movie) was found by evil mega corp, Weyland Yutani.
The sneaky execs at W.Y tell Amanda that they want to discover what befell the Nostromo and it’s crew, so they send her into deep space to recover the vessels black box. Obviously, Amanda is keen to learn the fate of her mother who left Earth when she was a wee lass of just ten years old.
For the duration of the game, players will be locked into a game of cat and mouse with a deadly Xenomorph. Yes, that’s right… One. Singular. Xenomorph. This less-is-more attitude suits the horror genre and has been sorely lacking in previous Alien videogames. The game sports an interesting visual style which looks Future-Retro tastic. Designs seem ripped straight from the late 1970’s, while the lighting effects and texturing are clearly very, very next gen.
It’s nice to have a solid release date for the title and even nicer that it falls close to Halloween. So, what are your thoughts? Excited to pick the game up this October? Or are your wounds still too fresh, having been burnt by Colonial Marines only a year ago? Let us know in the comments below.