The Xenomorphs return in the recently announced Alien: Isolation, the next game in the eponymous Aliens franchise, following the atrocious (Sorry Kevin) Aliens: Colonial Marines. This time around, the game doesn’t focus on the “space marine” aspect of battling against the Xenomorphs, but rather survival-horror.
Players take on the role of Amanda Ripley, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, in the search of her mother. Weyland-Yutani, the faceless organization that commits numerous atrocities in the future, recruits a 20-year old Amanda with the prospect of figuring out what exactly happened on the Nostromo after the crew found the first Xenomorph egg.
Set to follow more in the footsteps of the original movie, the game is foreboding, dark, and full of horror. Players can expect to not find themselves armed to the teeth with weapons either. If anything, do not expect any weapons at all, as you hunt for the truth, think Amnesia and Outlast. Instead, Amanda will be equipped with few items that will aid her in her mission. The announcement trailer shows the well-known motion tracker, that neat little device that takes both hands just to wield and look at. At one point a blowtorch was also seen to cut through a wall plate – made famous in Aliens.
The game looks to be a step in a new direction for the franchise that has been marred by disappointing releases since the original Aliens vs. Predator. It is being developed by Creative Assembly, known for their Total War franchise and more. Expect to see the game on the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in late 2014.