Today saw the release of the trailer for the new Alien game some gaming news sites have been foaming at the mouth about the last few days. With many speculating it would be a game staring Amanda Ripley, Ellen’s daughter and protagonist of the critically acclaimed Alien: Isolation, it turns out the speculation was accurate. The real surprise to many was that it would be a survival horror game on mobile.
From my short glimpse of the trailer, it almost seems to be much like those clips I’ve seen of Five Nights at Freddy’s; your typical jump scare horror instead of the horror of Silent Hill 2, Resident Evil 4, and Alien: Isolation. According to the official press release, you will: “Survive seven fear-inducing levels by remotely guiding Amanda Ripley’s crew through increasingly challenging tasks using only the station’s emergency systems.” From this description and the teaser trailer, you will either be commanding a team to recover systems or watching them on cameras like the aforementioned Five Nights at Freddy’s.
Much like Alien: Isolation, Blackout will sit between the 1979 classic Alien and 1986s Aliens. Seemingly this installment is to create a larger universe for Amanda to later explore; if a tweet from the official Alien twitter account is anything to go by, stating, “40 years ago, the Nostromo disappeared…In 2019, Amanda Ripley will uncover the secrets it left behind — no matter what.” With a tagline at the end of the attached short video stating, “Read. Play. Watch.” it seems there will be a push for more installments in the Alien franchise soon.
With 20th Century Fox trademarking the title Alien: Blackout this past November, speculation was running high if this would be the game Bay Area developer, Cold Iron Studios, is working on and currently hiring for. It turns out there will be more to come on from the Alien franchise after all.