After the deluge of rumours, whispers and leaks that have dominated gaming news outlets for past number of months, Creative Assembly has finally officially unveiled its newest xenomorphic-inspired project, Alien Isolation, complete with an announcement trailer.
The Sega-published horror offering is a far cry from the usual Alien-inspired FPS fodder and instead draws on inspiration from the likes of Outlast by thrusting gamers into a minimal game of cat-and-mouse. Players take on the role of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of the original film’s heroine, and must stave off the advances of a single alien by using the environment rather than any weapons. Interestingly, the alien is entirely non-scripted, so its reactions and choices are completely random, leading to a heightened level of suspense and despair no doubt.
The official synopsis of the plot reads: ‘’When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter Amanda she would return home for her 11th birthday. Amanda never saw her again.’’
"Fifteen years later, Amanda, now a Weyland-Yutani employee, hears that the flight recorder of her mother’s ship, the Nostromo, has been recovered at the remote trading station Sevastopol. The temptation for her to finally understand what happened is too much to resist. When the crew arrive at Sevastopol, they find something is desperately wrong. It all seems to be connected to an unknown menace, stalking and killing deep in the shadows.’’
"In order to uncover the truth about her mother, Amanda is forced to confront the same terrifying thing that separated them."
The long-rumoured game comes on the back of the Gearbox’s critically-panned Aliens: Colonial Marines, which was bereft with delays and uncertainty up until its release in February of 2013.
Alien Isolation is slated for a late 2014 release, and will be making an appearance on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Let us know if Creative Assembly’s latest take is right up your alley below.