Alien: Isolation – “Lo-fi Sci-fi” Trailer

Aliens has a lot of ideas that make for a good video game, most notably “Aliens” and “Fire! Fire! Fire!” Alien, on the other hand, is an entirely different beast. Not many people would want to play a video game that featured you controlling Harry Dean Stanton, standing around, looking concerned. Players nowadays are used to Dead Rising 3 amounts of enemies. Limiting the number of enemies to one seems like a great way to introduce your Xbox One to the Amish.

Alien: Isolation, developed by The Creative Assembly, takes place 15 years after the events of the first Alien film, with a plot that has Amanda Ripley, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, fighting back against a single alien that has made its way aboard a space station. And by “fighting back,” I mean “trying to evade.” You can’t kill this Xenomorph, so the game becomes a cat-and-mouse deal, which, to be honest, sounds great. Alien is terrifying, and if this game can pull off the feelings evoked by that first movie, it will be a tremendous success.

The developers thoughts in the video give me a lot of confidence that the project will be good, especially with the retro “Lo-fi Sci-fi” that they discuss. Going back to the original concept art for Alien is a cool idea, and even though they don’t go into the gameplay much, the video that they do show us (There’s some welding. I know that’s not a huge selling point, but there is indeed welding, welding enthusiasts.) looks rad. Kind of like an even lonelier Dead Space, or Slender In Space (Slender In Space Copyright Dockery 2014.)

The game comes out October 7, 2014, which is a little ways away, but I’m already excited by the prospect of a scary Alien game. It will be available for Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

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