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Alien: Isolation Developer: A Female Lead Just Makes Sense

It just makes more sense to have a female lead, yes?

In the upcoming Alien: Isolation, players will assume the role of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of the classic "Alien" protagonist, Ellen Ripley. Developer Creative Assembly says they never once considered a male main character.

Lead Designer Gary Napper tells GamesTM that from the very beginning, "we made our test bed, and our test bed had a female protagonist in it." as for why, Napper says it "just felt right for the franchise" and "right for the setting." Again, makes total sense. He added:

"We’ve had people ask stuff like ‘do you feel more vulnerable being a woman in the game?’ …well, anyone in the situation you’re in aboard the Sevastopol is going to be vulnerable. I don’t think it matters what gender you are in the game, really, but Ripley suits our game."

If we don't get Ellen Ripley, we should at least get the next-best thing. And if you intend to be at least somewhat authentic and faithful to the legendary film franchise, you need a female protagonist. Alien: Isolation is scheduled to arrive on October 7 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, and I think everyone is hoping that Creative Assembly gets this one right.

Related Game(s): Alien: Isolation

Tags: alien isolation, creative assembly, alien isolation amanda ripley

8/18/2014 11:35:35 AM Ben Dutka

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 12:39:35 PM
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Yeah, a little different in first person though.

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Lord carlos
Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 1:13:55 PM
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can't wait to sic the alien on folks trying to ambush my sexy a$$

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JackieBoy
Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 2:01:50 PM
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I've skiped all Alien-like games since I played AvP looooong time ago. None would satisfy me enough and I'm taliking about THE atmosphere. As you said it Ben - here's hope they will make this one right.

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Lone Wanderer
Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 2:31:43 PM
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In their opinion.

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Night_train80
Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 5:43:50 PM
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I have my copy pre-ordered already, but I'm not cracking that bad boy open till I see a review or two. The Alien franchise just hasn't been treated very well in video game settings for the most part. I do have hope for this one though because the previews give me that feeling of fear I had the first time I ever saw the movie as a kid. I hope they get this one right!

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ethird1
Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 7:36:42 PM
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Sigh. Who cares?!?! Just make a damn good game. Jeez Luweeze!

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Lawless SXE
Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 8:27:38 PM
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I agree with the sentiment. I mean, I still think it's a bit dodgy that they're shoehorning Ripley's daughter into the chronology, but Alien without a female lead would feel wrong. Though, with Isolation being a first person game, I'm not sure if it will matter quite so much as it otherwise would.

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Corvo
Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 9:54:23 PM
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I'm with ethird, who the hell really cares if it was the son or daughter? Just make the game above average at least.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 10:30:20 AM
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Doesn't matter, does it? I mean, with Silent Hill coming, that's just going to turn us all into little girls, anyways.

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