From everything we’ve seen, Alien: Isolation is going to be one hell of a video game when it finally hits later this year. While fans have been excited about this release, and had a vague idea of when the game will come out, it’s just been a rough idea. Well now you can stop your worrying and circle a concrete date on your calendar. Alien: Isolation hits store shelves on October 7 of this year.
Game developer Creative Assembly, the crew behind Total War, made the announcement yesterday during a panel discussion at EGX Rezzed 2014, a gaming conference in Birmingham, England. In a statement creative lead Al Hope said:
We couldn’t be happier to finally announce a date for Alien: Isolation… The reaction we have seen so far has been simply incredible, from the screams and shrieks to the cold sweats and racing hearts. It’s the Alien game that we’ve always wanted to play and we can’t wait to let everyone get their hands on it this fall.
We’ve heard that the game itself is finished and playable from beginning to end, and that the team will spend the intervening months adding detail, texture, and putting on the final polish.
Sega is set to publish Isolation, and the action fits into the Alien universe between the events of Ridley Scott’s 1979 original and James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens. The game puts you in the point of view of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of ultimate cinematic badass Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) who is first mentioned in the director’s cut of Cameron’s film. 15 years after her mother’s disappearance, Amanda now works for the ubiquitous Weyland-Yutani company. Her search for answers takes her to the planet of Sevastopol in an attempt to locate the flight recorder from the ill-fated Nostromo.
A few days ago we saw a behind-the-scenes video where the developers talked about what sets their game apart. While Amanda will definitely encounter a xenomorph on her expedition, this isn’t going to be your typical heavily armed, let’s-slaughter-massive-swarms-of-aliens type of first person shooter. The whole point of the game is to try to capture the tension and terror that adds so much atmosphere to the first film. As you sneak through the facility, the rogue alien hunts you through the hallways and corridors. The way game play is set up, you don’t tangle with an alien, die, and start all over again at square one. The developers took an unscripted approach, giving Isolation an unpredictability so that you never play the same game twice.
Alien: Isolation will be available on your PC, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Xbox 360 and One.