‘Alien: Isolation’ game pits Ripley’s daughter against Xenomorph
Concept art for the video game "Alien: Isolation." (Sega)Link
Fans of Ridley Scott’s 1979 iconic horror film “Alien” will be able to relive the suspense in “Alien: Isolation,” a new video game to be released this year, in time for the film’s 35th anniversary.
The game, from Sega and British studio Creative Assembly, was officially announced Tuesday morning and will be available in late 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.
“Alien: Isolation” lets gamers play as Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda. When she left Earth, Ripley promised Amanda she would be home in time for her 11th birthday, but then the events of the movies ensued, and Amanda never saw her mother again.
Some 15 years later, Amanda is an employee of Weyland-Yutani, the mega-corporation that operated Ripley’s ship Nostromo. Amanda finds out that the flight recorder from Nostromo has been recovered at Sevastopol, a decommissioned trading station in the fringes of space, and she sets out to discover what happened to her mother, only to face the same threat her mother did.
“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.”
The game aims to make use of suspense as a reactive Xenomorph stalks and kills in the shadows, responding to players’ moves. Players must scavenge resources, improvise solutions, hack systems and craft new items to deal with the alien threat.
“Isolation” is part of 20th Century Fox’s year-long celebration of the franchise’s 35th anniversary, with commemorative toy and product releases on the way.
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