Alien fans rejoice – your dreams are becoming video game reality. The original cast of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film is reuniting for a new survivor horror game, Alien: Isolation.
Those who preorder the game will gain access to downloadable content (DLC) voiced by Sigourney Weaver as she reprises her role as Ellen Ripley. Weaver will be joined by Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), and Yaphet Kotto (Parker).
Developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega, this new battle takes place fifteen years after the events of the film. Players will be able to play as Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, as she fights to survive while attempting to solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance.
There are two different DLC missions available for players. The first is Crew Expendable, where you choose between Ripley, Parker or Dallas to team up with the Nostromo crew to trap the alien and force it out of the ship’s air vents and into its airlock. The second operation, Last Survivor, takes place after the entire crew has been killed and Ripley must activate the ship’s self-destruct sequence while she rushes to the Narcissus shuttle to safety. The missions look to immerse players in unique experiences and allow them to explore the iconic film in a new light. “In space, no one can hear you scream.”
Besides the signature visuals, sound played an integral role in reprising the familiar atmosphere of the game. In an interview with Sound Architect, designers Sam Cooper and Byron Bullock explained how their approach was to “work back from the perspective of the player… constantly questioning precisely what it is we hope to make the player feel in any specific moment.” Hopefully we feel two sore thumbs from playing the game for two days straight.
Alien: Isolation will be available October 7th, 2014 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.