It’s been a long time coming, but Alien: Isolation, the long awaited video game from Creative Assembly that takes players back to the universe first created by Ridley Scott in 1979, drops tomorrow. To mark the occasion, there’s a terrifying new trailer that provides our most comprehensive look at the game yet, and the view is pretty damn impressive.
The most noteworthy thing about this video, aside from how great the game actually looks, is how they capture the tension and the feeling of terror and horror as you’re being hunted by an armor plated alien killing machine through a dark, dank, isolated environment millions of miles from home. If nothing else, this game feels like an Alien movie in the way the dread is overwhelming and chilling. And it doesn’t hurt that the glimpses of xenomorphs will likely send shivers running up the length of your spine.
The story of Isolation takes place between Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens, and the action puts you in the point of view of Amanda Ripley, daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, who is first mentioned in the director’s cut of the 1986 sequel. Amanda works for the ubiquitous Weyland-Yutani Corporation, but her real job, as you see here, is searching for her missing mother. When they discover the flight recorder for the Nostromo, Ellen’s ill-fated ship, the search leads Amanda to Sevastopol, where, as you also see here, things don’t go particularly well and they encounter something that would rather not be encountered. So Amanda is not only trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance, she’s also trying to stay alive long enough for it to matter.
As fantastic as this game looks (and that’s saying something, because I don’t particularly like video games), by far the coolest part of this set up is that, depending on where you buy it—like what region you live in as well as what retailer you purchase it from—you can gain access to a series of additional DLC missions. That alone is a nice bonus, but the fact that you can play as the Nostromo crew from the original Alien, as voiced by the actual actors that that played the characters in the movie, is completely awesome. The list includes Weaver’s Ripley, Brett (Harry Dean Stanton), Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Parker (Yaphet Kotto), and Dallas (Tom Skerrit). That’s one hell of an extra. To be honest, this late in the game, I don’t know if this is still an option, but if you were on the fence before, you might want to look into this before it’s too late.
Alien: Isolation will be available on all the usual gaming platforms, like PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, and hits stores tomorrow, October 7.