It feels like it has been coming forever, but as each day passes we get one small step closer to getting our hands on Alien: Isolation, the upcoming new video game that returns us to the universe first unveiled by Ridley Scott in 1979. Let’s just hope it doesn’t disappoint everyone like Prometheus did in 2012. Creative Assembly drops the game into your expectant little hands on October 7, but to keep you occupied until then, they’ve delivered this new game play trailer titled “No Escape,” for good reason.
If you’ve seen any of the movies set in this particular cinematic world, you should already know that running rarely work—then again, fighting doesn’t pan out all that well either, unless you’re Sigourney Weaver, then things work out on occasion. And that futility is on full display here in this short video. More than your average run of the mill trailer, this is really just a single uninterrupted shot from the player’s point of view, and it illustrates, in very graphic terms, exactly what can happen to you in this game.
You start off with a nice view of one of your compatriots making the awkward transition from living human being to alien food—or possibly alien baby incubator, which, to be honest, doesn’t sound all that much better. From there you run your harried ass off, hoping to escape the wrath of a rampaging xenomorph, but we all know how that usually ends. And wouldn’t you know it, just when you think you might have a chance to escape, you feel something sharp stab through your spine and poke out your belly. Okay, you probably don’t feel the stab, unless video game technology has advanced exponentially in the very recent past, but you get the point.
Isolation is set in the years between Alien and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens, and puts you in the point of view of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s badass heroine Ellen Ripley. Amanda is first mentioned in Cameron’s director’s cut. 15-years after her mother’s disappearance, she works for the nearly all-powerful Weyland-Yutani Corporation, and when they come across the flight recorder of the ill-fated Nostromo, the ship from the first film, she has a new avenue to explore in the quest to find mommy dearest. Her journey leads her to the planet Sevastopol, where she finds more than she bargained for, which, as you probably assume, take the shape of armor-plated alien killing machines. You understand how that could ruin your day.
Alien: Isolation will be available on all the standard gaming platforms, like PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, and while it looks pretty damn awesome, it gets even better. Depending on where you buy the game, and which region you live in, you can get access to exclusive DLC missions that bring the cast of the original film back together. This includes Weaver’s Ripley, Brett (Harry Dean Stanton), Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Parker (Yaphet Kotto), and Dallas (Tom Skerrit). If that’s not enough to get you excited I can only assume that you either not a fan of Alien or you don’t live video games.