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Alien Turns 35 This Year And There Are All Sorts Of Fun Things Planned

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AlienThose of you who’ve been counting know that Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic Alien turns 35-years-old in 2014. And if you’re wondering, yes, it is still just as amazing as it ever was. And so is the sequel. To mark the occasion, Twentieth Century Fox if pulling out all of the stops to celebrate, teaming up with a bunch of different companies to bring out a variety of cool stuff for you to drool over and add to your collection.

Some of the items that will be released include videogames, action figures, other toys, comics, and even a giant freakin’ bust of the Big Chap alien. How awesome is that? Just imagine your buddies all coming over and sitting smack in the middle of your coffee table is a damn xenomorph.

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Alien: Isolation Details Revealed, Sending Our Expectations Sky-High

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alien isolationThese are good days indeed for fans of the Alien franchise who want to revisit the mysterious and action-heavy worlds that Ridley Scott and James Cameron so deftly created, all while remaining firmly in the official fictional canon. Not only do we have Tim Lebbon’s just-released novel Alien: Out of the Shadows, which takes place between the first two movies, but we’re also getting the upcoming video game Alien: Isolation, which will be releasing on PS4 and Xbox One later this year. And not only does this game look like it could be one of the better console experiences of 2014, but it may also be the most badass entry to the Alien universe since Ripley’s bald head in Alien 3.

The game is being produced by British developer Creative Assembly, and community manager Nee N was awesome enough to share some more of the game’s plot details with KitGuru, ramping up my already salivatory anticipation. The game will follow a grown-up Amanda Ripley, daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen, 15 years after the events of Scott’s original film. An employee of Weyland-Yutani, Amanda is presented with an incredible mission to visit the abandoned station Sevastopol to unlock the mystery of what happened to her mother, as the original black box flight recorder from the Nostromo has been found intact. Of course, she doesn’t realize that she’ll be sharing the station’s halls with a Xenomorph enemy of her own.

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Alien: Isolation Screenshots Put You In Ripley’s Daughter’s POV

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Alien: IsolationWe’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.

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Alien: Isolation Trailer Pits Ripley’s Daughter Against A Xenomorph

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The rumors are true: there is a brand-new video game based on Ripley Scott’s Alien in the works, and this one is keeping it all in the family. After months of whispers and speculation, Alien: Isolation has announced itself with the creepy trailer above, inviting fans to experience an untold story from the Alien mythos, namely the story of Amanda Ripley’s quest to discover what happened to her mother. Yes, Isolation puts players in the role of Ripley’s daughter, first mentioned — and long since dead — early in James Cameron’s Aliens director’s cut. Let’s hope for Amanda’s sake that she’s inherited a knack for outsmarting vicious, acid-blooded xenomorphs.

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Alien: Isolation Leaked Game Concept Art Shows Female Protagonist — Possibly Ripley’s Daughter

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Video games based on the Alien franchise haven’t typically fared too well. That’s not really surprising, given that licensed games based on a pre-existing property typically suck with a force that would put a black hole to shame. But the bad Alien games always sting a little bit more, simply because that universe is so intriguing and the whole “space marines vs. critters in claustrophobic settings” has been riffed on countless times in other non-Alien games. Science fiction-loving gamers such as myself are still stinging from the bomb that was this year’s Aliens: Colonial Marines, a project that looked amazing but which failed utterly in its execution. Now our next best hope for an awesome Alien game is on the horizon, and leaked concept art may have provided our first look at it.

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Alien: Isolation Video Game Rumored To Focus On Ripley’s Daughter

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ChestbursterAfter being awoken from the cryogenic sleep she entered at the end of Ridley Scott’s Alien, Ellen Ripley learns that nearly 60 years have passed. Everyone she knows is gone. Her own daughter, Amanda, died during that time. Ripley’s mama-bear instincts would have kicked in to defend the orphaned Newt on LV-426 regardless, but with the young girl reminding Ripley of her lost daughter, the Alien Queen didn’t have a chance. In the expansive Alien mythology that’s continued to build over the years, we’ve never learned much else about Amanda Ripley-McClaren. That may change with a new video game called Alien: Isolation.

SiliconEra reports today that Twentieth Century Fox has filed a trademark for the title Alien: Isolation for use in “computer game and video game software, downloadable mobile software.” The title alone doesn’t tell us much, but the announcement spurred Kotaku’s Jason Schreirer to finally report on a story he’d been sitting on for some time now. Citing an anonymous source “familiar with goings-on at Sega,” Kotaku claims that Isolation is a first-person shooter game in development at the British studio Creative Assembly (Total War). More interestingly, the game will allegedly star Ripley’s daughter Amanda as the protagonist.