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Alien: Isolation Confirmed, Embraces The Survival/Horror Bent

We've heard about it via rumors often enough; might as well make it official.

For months, we've been hearing about a new Alien game in development at Creative Assembly. Now, Sega has confirmed the project's existence: Alien: Isolation is in the works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, and it's scheduled to release later this year.

The new effort focuses on Ellen Ripley's daughter, Amanda, who is now in her mid-twenties and works for Weyland-Yutani. She arrives on remote station Sevastopol, where she tries to recover the flight recorder of the Nostromo. Of course, lo and behold, there's a xenomorph hiding on the Sevastopol, and that's where the action comes into play. However, this time around, rather than a relatively mindless shooter, it seems we'll be getting a true-blue survival/horror game. Which is perfect for Alien, wouldn't you say?

It's pretty encouraging to check out GameSpot's hands-on preview; this could be exactly what fans of the iconic movie franchise have been waiting for. No matter how it turns out, it has to be better than last year's epic fail that was Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Related Game(s): Alien: Isolation

Tags: alien isolation, alien sequel, aliens game

1/7/2014 11:18:27 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (13 posts)

MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 11:34:16 AM
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I don't enjoy playing survival horror games... I don't like feeling of XYZ waiting for me around the corner in a pitch black hallway.

I do on the other hand enjoy watching others play those types of games. Good times watching my brother playing Silent HIll...especially Silent Hill: The Room.. what a creepy game.

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Cole
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 3:24:00 PM

Sounds like you scare easily.I remember Silent Hill 4. My biggest scare came when I was walking down one of those circular corridors in the Water Prison. Just as I enter one of the cells, the camera pans slightly ahead, revealing one of those freaky double headed baby demons waiting for me.. First time I laid eyes on one of those things during gameplay. Scared the living daylights out of me.. Wish I could find a current videogame that could have the same effect.

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 4:11:26 PM

lol maybe I do scare easily but I'm very "manly" that I feel like I have to refuse that. I also failed to answer your question yesterday about Bioshock Infinite.

Bioshock was creepy in the way that citizens of the world behaved like... puppets like they were being controlled or brainwashed by something and perhaps that's part of the story but it just gave me an uneasy feeling. I have to go with my instincs.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 11:41:30 AM
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Good idea to make it survival horror but I think they've run this franchise into the ground. Whoever develops it will be laboring under a curse, there's just no way it will be a great game.

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JackC8
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 12:43:53 PM
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What I've seen so far looks pretty good. Hopefully the game will live up to expectations. I'm not getting my hopes up too high though.

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frostface
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 2:29:06 PM
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I can't imagine Sega wanting to risk the same backlash as last year's game so I'm thinking they'll be more involved in this one. Heres hoping anyway.

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Cole
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 3:15:39 PM
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Nice. I was worried it was a Dead Space clone..but after watching the trailer.. and not seeing a single gun, I'm going to have to keep an eye on this.

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Knightzane
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 3:17:21 PM
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I honestly didn't think they would ever think "Hey, Alien's are supposed to be scary, and you're supposed to run and hide from them. Maybe we should make a game that's survival horror..." Can't wait to give this a try. Hopefully there is more than one Alien, because after all the action Aliens games I don't feel one popping up every ten minutes is going to make me feel fear.

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Masszt3r
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 3:21:50 PM
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Sega has to put some effort into it after last year's disaster. It does look rather promising. And I agree, it HAS to be better than Colonial Marines; I just can't see it being worse.

Looking forward to it.

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___________
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 2:02:36 AM
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embraces survival horror, sure and im harry potter!
sorry, but ill believe it when i see it!
oh well, as long as they keep 2 faced snake oil salesmen randy away from it, the alien franchise can only go up.
...........right!?


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Akuma07
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 8:36:44 AM
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And colonial marines was meant to be honoring the second Alien movies spirit and how did that turn out?

it is interesting to see how badly everyone has reacted to this though. I guess CM has really hurt the franchise quite badly.

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Killgore32
Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 7:47:58 AM
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As a lifelong fan of the series, this does definitely have much more of an Alien feel than Aliens. The first movie was a masterpiece of suspense, and the concept that just one of those things is the perfect hunter for a group of unarmed humans was portrayed perfectly by Ridley Scott. I am interested in the concept, and am interested to learn more. I am also a survival horror fan, when it is done well. When it is done poorly however, it can really fall flat. I loved Dead Space 1, thought it was excellently paced, had the right amount of shock and suspense, and I cringed every time I needed to use an elevator. I never finished 2 or 3 though, because they lost the suspense in favor of far too many shock scares. I wonder if people still have the ability to write a suspenseful story. Hollywood sure can't with the proliferation of "Paranormal Activity"-like movies. I think the concept is a stretch using Ripley's daughter, who was really just a footnote in the series, but I think if it is written well, it can be good.

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Lordnicon
Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 7:54:32 PM
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This looks great. I don't care how many times they fail, I will always be interested and waiting for a good Alien game. I don't care if it's survival horror, a 1st person shooter or a 3rd person shooter. Alien is just a rich platform to make something fun. I will say though - this is supposed to be an alternate universe yes? I was reading the description and a) Ripley has a daughter? and b) why would she join Weyland Yutani?! lol.

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