We’ve heard rumors about it since last year, but the new video game based on Ridley Scott’s Alien world, Alien: Isolation, is indeed coming down the pipeline. A creepy announcement trailer hit a few weeks ago, and that go our attention, but now Creative Assembly, the folks behind the game, have released a ton of new screenshots from the game, and they look pretty damn good.
These still images give you a good idea of the feel of the first-person POV game. What they do especially well is capture the feeling of isolation and the eerie atmosphere as you track the aliens through the empty passageways of your space ship. That weird little robot alone, which appears to be a child’s toy, is enough to give you the willies as it pops up again and again. I’m just imagining a scene where it goes off and the noise alarms you, and just as you start to breathe normal again, a nasty extraterrestrial monster shows up to ruin your day.
You get a good look at the details of the game play, and they’re fantastic. The specificity of the images is great, Creative Assembly did a nice job getting the little things right. The backgrounds, environment, and especially the xenomorph itself, are super intricate and spot on. It will be interesting to see how Isolation actually plays.
Focusing on an untold story from the Alien mythos, Isolation puts you in the point of view of Amanda Ripley, daughter of Signourney Weaver’s interstellar badass Ellen Ripley. Amanda is first mentioned in the James Cameron’s directors cut of Aliens, though she is long dead at that point. In this arc, she is on a mission to find out what happened to her mother, why she disappeared, what happened to the Nostromo , and all of that fun stuff. I guarantee that the Weyland-Yutani company cares more about the ship than the crew. From the look of things in these pictures, we hope that Ellen’s penchant for destroying armor-plated alien killing machines is genetic, and that Amanda inherited her mother’s abilities.
Alien: Isolation will supposedly come out in November, but the reports say that the actual game play portion is completely in place. You can apparently play from beginning to end. In the intervening months Creative Assembly will focus on polishing things up, getting the game ready for public consumption, and getting all of us whipped into a rabid frenzy at the prospect of playing their game.
It’s cool that Creative Assembly is showing us quite a bit, rather than keeping Isolation shrouded in mystery. After the disappointment that was Aliens: Colonial Marines, fans of the franchise are looking for something positive to glom onto. Hopefully this will wash away that lingering bad taste.