Alien: Isolation official, coming late 2014

Creative Assembly's survival horror take on the Alien franchise being released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Sega has confirmed that Creative Assembly's oft-leaked Alien: Isolation is official.

The game, which indeed casts players as Ellen Ripley's daughter Amanda, will be coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in late 2014.

Sega also confirmed more details about the game's plot. Amanda Ripley is in her mid-twenties and working for Weyland-Yutani, and arrives on remote station Sevastopol in an attempt to recover the flight recorder of the Nostromo. There's a xenomorph on the station, too, as you might expect, and Creative Assembly is absolutely adamant that the game will never arm players with an assault rifle and have them square off with hordes of aliens.

GameSpot's Mark Walton recently travelled to Creative Assembly in order to check Alien: Isolation. "After years of battling endless streams of aliens with a pulse rifle, it's nice to be reminded exactly how scary they can be," he wrote in a hands-on preview of the game.

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Hammershock6
Hammershock6

After Creative Assemblys massive fail with Rome 2, ill w8 and see what people say, never gonna pre-order from them again.

robbiejones
robbiejones

people complaining that it doesn't look scary must remember when you grow older takes heaps more to scare you. I'm sure it'll have its fair share of jump scares to keep you entertained

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

So this is what an Alien game looks like when its development funds weren't embezzled...

bernard978
bernard978

Looked promising... until I noticed that it's being published by SEGA.....

electro57
electro57

We already have one.  It's called Dead Space.

ant19831983
ant19831983

Non-scripted, random appearing, fuck up yo shit, Alien trollage or GTFO!!!

jack00
jack00

From the little I saw the gameplay looks decent at best, but story is all sorts of fails. Ripley's daughter ? Colonial marine Ripley ? -sigh-


And also the fact that Creative Assembly is developping it, that's a big NONO right there.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

This looks about as terrifying as Alien vs. Predator for my Atari Jaguar.

jupsto
jupsto

Please have oculus rift support!!

wookiegr
wookiegr

Once they said "Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 " I lost interest in this being any good. By the time it hits the street it will be competing against real next gen titles and will look like a joke in comparison.

michyeosseo
michyeosseo

Well, after Colonial Marines the bar shouldn't be set too high. They could probably put a turd in a gaming case and get better reviews.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

So she heads to a Wey-Yu station to find the black box, finds an alien, returns to Earth since it clearly states she died on Earth in Aliens (possibly with the balck box since it IS also in Aliens) but DOESN'T mention the alien to the corporation? Remember they adamantly refused to believe Ellen Ripleys story even WITH the black box in Aliens. Have I found MORE plot holes in a game that isn;t even out yet?

Fursnake
Fursnake

The Alien franchise should be taken from Sega and given to anyon---ARGGGHH!!! *chestburster with the SEGA logo on it's head rips through sternum*

CnConrad
CnConrad

Based off the fact that Creative Assembly's last game was released when only 75% complete and the last Alien game also published by sega was complete trash, I think I will give this a miss.

I have a hard time believing that anyone could possibly get excited about this based on the track record here.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

It kind of sucks to see a developer I enjoy so much (Creative Assembly) now working with this IP because it has been dragged through the dirt far too much, no one is going to give this game a chance in hell without a lot of convincing on CA's part... also a lot of people fell for Rome 2's launch as well, so both the developer has burned some bridges, and the Alien IP itself is in tatters...


Good luck CA,  I'd love to see some proper survival horror gameplay in this setting, but you've got a lot to prove, both to fans of CA as a development team, and fans of Aliens.  Don't screw this up!

Gegglington
Gegglington

hope its good but doubt it. think theres a curse on the majority of movie tie in games

summersgod
summersgod

Hopefully won't be like Colonial Marines. Survival horror aspect is definatly what an Aliens game needs. They really need to reboot Resident Evil like this. 

thomasn7
thomasn7

We'll see.. Seems no one can make a good alien game ever.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

I have hope... not much, but I have it. 

pohman
pohman

First of all the gameplay trailer looks really good,i hope we can defend to some extent not completely like alien colonial

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

Doesn't creative assembly only make total war games?

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

I can just imagine people waiting for the first consumer video. No one else, but that single person buys the game.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Glad to see a follow-up to the critically acclaimed success Aliens Colonial Marines.

MrLutece
MrLutece

I'm not falling for it again.

den_of_villainy
den_of_villainy

Ugh, it really holds dev studios back having to make the game for the shit tier 360 and ps3. Just move on and focus on the xbone, ps4 and PC. If you're too poor to have one of the latter 3, you shouldn't be catered to.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

@bernard978 Colonial Marines wasn't Sega's fault. Gearbox basically misappropriated their funds to use on Borderlands (allegedly).

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@electro57 

Ultimately, Dead Space gives the player a crap-ton of tools to get rid of the monsters efficiently. It's not that scary once the game has introduced every type of enemy to be encountered.

never-named
never-named

@jack00 The fact that Ellen Ripley had a daughter was already established in Aliens, it's not something conjured up for the game's story. Also, the gameplay shown so far looks PERFECT for the Alien franchise.Why is it a big "NONO" that Creative Assembly are making it? Care to explain?

hadlee73
hadlee73

@wookiegr Its survival horror, so looks are pretty much irrelevant anyway (some of the best horror games ever made have lower end graphics). However, you do bring up a cause for concern because the AI of the Alien in this game is meant to be one of the key factors of its development, and the AI I've experienced in the 360 and PS3 gen has not been stellar.

yoda101280
yoda101280

@wookiegr That's a little naive, it will be on the next gen consoles as well.  Destiny is doing the same thing, do you think that game looks like a joke too?

Blumper
Blumper

@DarkSaber2k They knew there was something out there when the Nostromo went to investigate the beacon. It's why they secretly planted an android in the crew, to basically manage the acquisition of a potential asset, at any cost. Denial is not necessarily the same as ignorance.

The evil, dishonest corporation endangering lives in pursuit of resources is a pretty prevalent theme in the Alien franchise.

This is actually why I'm so excited about this, because it seems to me that "The Company" is knowingly sending the offspring of a likely casualty of their previous evil doings into a horribly dangerous situation, no doubt by manipulating her emotional attachment to the mission. If it's done well, and they have a good writer/writing team, it could really be a great personal story as well as a frightening horror experience. 

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@CnConrad It'll be interesting to see, but i can't imagine people trusting them either. Their last game was rushed out the door, and the people working on it knew that.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

@pohman Relying on video is not good enough for me to make a informed decision. EA shown videos of SimCity before launch and made it look so good that some people made the decision to buy it, but after launch some were sorry they did. However, the video looks promising.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

What if you're too uninterested to have one of the latter instead?

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

@den_of_villainy It's called good business, idiot. They'll make the most amount of money this way; regardless, if the game is good, it will be good. Having it on certain platforms will not affect this in any way unless you're a sanctimonious PC gamer who cares only about graphical fidelity.

cvantu
cvantu

@den_of_villainy I already have an Xbox One, but you're just an idiot. So they should limit themselves for the 6 or 7 million who own next gen and not the 100 plus million who own the older systems? Considering there isn't a whole lot to jump to next gen for, don't expect people to be as royal as you may be.

rsj2
rsj2

@never-named @jack00 Based on the comments below I'd assume he's talking about Rome 2, since CA had a pretty great reputation before they released that.  So they put out one game too early with too many bugs - I think it's pretty unfair how much hate they've got for it especially since release schedules are down to the publisher anyway.  

CA are quality, the preview looks great, survival horror fans should be thrilled.  A little optimism, people!

Dasim64
Dasim64

@yoda101280 @wookiegr Destiny should be on the new consoles and PC alone. No PS3 or 360. They are just holding things back now. They could do so much more with Destiny if they didn't have to cater to that old hardware. It's a shame really.

CnConrad
CnConrad

That's true,

But it isn't like CA had a gun to their head and were forced to release it.

They are a business and should be held accountable for what they put their name on.

They were given money and a deadline, it's their fault for not doing their job.

CnConrad
CnConrad

Forget about graphics,

You simply can not design a game for the next gen then release a less pretty version on current consols.

You have to design for the 8 year old systems then make it pretty for new ones.

Look at BF 4 if they didn't waste all that time making the crappy current gen version the real version would probably work. Instead they released a current gen version that overheats and bricks your system.

CnConrad
CnConrad

Yes they should. Cross gen games are compromises on quality.

Basically you end up with pretty looking shitty old games. You have to balance ai maps and gameplay around 8 year old processing speed.

neroist
neroist

@cvantu@den_of_villainy 

There are +65 million Steam users. BTW there are more Steam accounts than Xbox Live accounts. CDPR is making The Witcher 3 "next gen" only. Sometimes it's not all about money. Sometimes it's making a better game that makes some money.

never-named
never-named

@Dasim64 That makes absolutely no sense at all. Did you burn all your last-gen consoles in fear of them "contaminating" your PS4/Xbone/WiiU?

CnConrad
CnConrad

Let me reply to both of your points.

First: Sega has lost a ton of credibility as a publisher by even allowing the last Alien game to even be released and by running the Total War franchise into the ground.

Point 2

Look at what EA and Dice did to BF4 after small to moderate issues with the launch of BF 3.

Also Rome 2 is a terrible game. It's a brilliant concept and I play the hell out of the game, it still is a terrible game. It's been months and 8+ patches there are still key gameplay features that simply do not work. There are units that still do not work.

rsj2
rsj2

@CnConrad Your second point is only valid if you think the publisher is substantially involved in making the game, which they aren't.  Sega holds the IP and clearly gave it to CA because the last studio did such a terrible job.  

As for CA, their last game was rushed, sure, but I think it's harder to believe that they'll make the same mistake twice than that they'll learn their lesson and demand more time if Sega's schedule is too tight again.  Their track record before Rome 2 was great, after all.  And look at the gameplay preview!  I think there's plenty to get excited about.