By Andrew Dodson on July 10, 2014 at 8:48am
In 1979, in the original "Alien" movie by Ridley Scott, we learned that in space, no one can hear you scream. Now 35 years later, the original cast of the Alien movie are stepping up and reprising their roles for the new sci-fi horror game, "Alien: Isolation."
Missing from the cast will be John Hurt as (spoilers?) his character has to be dead in order for there to even be a threat on the Nostromo.
In "Alien: Isolation," the player takes control of different characters as they try to navigate a massive space ship with minimal equipment, all the while avoiding the claws, teeth, tail, and second teeth of an alien. In the main story of the game, you play as Amanda, Ripley's daughter, as she explores a space station to investigate the disappearance of her mother - all the while avoiding a dangerous xenomorph. The DLC will focus on the story of the original movie, allowing the player to control Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Dallas (Tom Skerritt), and Parker (Yaphet Kotto) as they play out the events that lead from the alien first emerging to the the destruction of the Nostromo.
The DLC may play out slightly different than the classic movie. The game's creative director Alistair Hope took on that issue:
There’s no point in us trying to match beat-for-beat what occurs in the film. The film is much better at doing that than a game. We came with the approach these guys had a plan to try and take on the alien, to flush it out of an airlock. What else could have happened? … We’ve used those moments to give us some kind of structure; as to what occurs is very much down to the player. Alistair Hope
If you pre-order "Alien: Isolation," you'll immediately get upgraded to the "Nostronmo Edition," which includes the first mission of the DLC: "Crew Expendable." The second mission of the DLC, “available through select retailers depending on territory,” places the player in the shoes of Ripley as she rushes activate the ship's self-destruct sequence and then make it back to the space shuttle before the ship explodes (or before she's ripped to pieces by the alien).
"Alien: Isolation" has already been praised for its incredibly tense atmosphere and is being seen as a real win for the survival-horror genre. The game will be available on Oct. 7 on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
"Alien: Isolation" Steam Store