SEGA announces new FPS Alien: Isolation; title set to take series back to its roots

Today, SEGA and Twentieth Century Fox announced a new FPS videogame in the Alien franchise. Entitled Alien: Isolation, the title sees players stranded on a trading station in space as a killer Xenomorph (just one!) kills inhabitants from the shadows. Severely unprepared, the player must improvise and rely on their wits in order to fight and stay alive.

Alistair Hope, Creative Lead at game developer Creative Assembly, is putting gamers’ minds at ease after the critical failure that was Aliens: Colonial Marines, saying:

“In Alien: Isolation, we have taken the series back to the roots of Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, the original survival horror. 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.”

President of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, Jeffrey Godsick, has faith in developer Creative Assembly to make an outstanding game for the series’ 35th anniversary, commenting:

“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. 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.”

SEGA also released some trailers for the game. The “Transmission” trailer is first up, where we learn that players take on the role of Amanda, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, fifteen years after the events of Alien (yes, the same daughter mentioned in that deleted scene in Aliens where Ellen learns she outlived her and everybody watching cried, including you). Looks suitably creepy and unnerving!

Next we have the “Origins” trailer, which is a developer diary where Creative Assembly explains how Isolation is the game we have been waiting to play, and how focusing on one Xenomorph with barely any weapons is way scarier than fighting a bunch with a lot of firepower.

It sounds like a great idea, especially considering how beloved the original Alien is. Naming the title Isolation and reducing the number of Xenomorphs to one, as well as having the player underpowered, really adds to the feeling of being alone and hunted, and I’m interested in seeing how this turns out.

Alien: Isolation will be hitting the PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, and PC late 2014, and more info on the game can be found here. Twentieth Century Fox will be honoring the 35th anniversary of the franchise all year long with special commemorative products, so now is a great time to be an Alien fan! Though I doubt Isolation will have any moments as terrifying as this:

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