Single-Player Aliens Game Is The Isolation Sequel We Deserve
Yes, we all love Ridley Scott's Alien and have a lot to thank the director for in terms of introducing Xenomorphs to the world of horror movies. For some though, it's James Cameron's Aliens that is the best the franchise has to offer - no one is voting for Alien: Covenant.
Sadly, Alien games haven't quite lived up to the legacy Scott and Cameron left behind. As well as the infamous disaster of Aliens: Colonial Marines, the more recent Aliens: Fireteam Elite hardly set the charts alight, and we've got the mysterious Aliens: Dark Descent on the way. It seems that slapping the moniker of Aliens on a game could be a curse, which doesn't bode well for the newly announced single-player Aliens game.
What Is The New Aliens Game?
Just announced by developer Survios, the team has joined forces with 20th Century Fox to deliver a single-player game set in the Alien franchise. The fact it's just being referred to as Aliens gave us some indication that it could be set around the events of Cameron's 1986 movie and those doomed Colonial Marines touching down on LV-426.
Although it was possible to be something completely new with multiple Xenomorphs, the Survios site confirms: "This new Aliens game will feature an original storyline, set between the Alien and Aliens ﬁlms, where a battle hardened veteran has a vendetta against the Xenomorphs."
The mention of a battle hardened veteran also hints that we'll get a new protagonist away from Ellen Ripley. However, it's clear they have a past with those acid-bleeding b*stards. Survios' history with VR games like Creed: Rise to Glory and The Walking Dead Onslaught means it's perfectly prepared for the fact Aliens will also have VR elements.
Will We Get An Alien: Isolation Sequel?
There are obvious comparisons with Creative Assembly's acclaimed Alien: Isolation, which is held by many as one of the scariest games of all time. For a lot of gamers, its VR version on Oculus Rift is simply too terrifying to play. Can Aliens follow suit? Sadly, Creative Assembly has since moved onto a new IP called Hyenas, which has scuppered our hopes of Isolation 2.
Part of what made Isolation so great was its close-up tension that captured the same claustrophobia of Scott's original movie. Aliens was criticised for being more of a sci-fi movie, so it remains to be seen whether the game will stick with the same bullet-riddled formula or go for a more intimate affair. Usually, Aliens games are co-op shooters, so at least Survios is moving away from that. Still, if you're going to harm an already shaky franchise, we say, "Get away from her, you b*tch."