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‘Alien Isolation’ Release Date, Pre-Order: Three Exciting Things to Expect at Launch

( [email protected] ) Aug 17, 2014 01:48 AM EDT
Creative Assembly's (CA) Alien: Isolation may rank amongst the most terrifying survival-horror games in 2014.

Creative Assembly's (CA) Alien: Isolation may rank amongst the most terrifying survival-horror games to date, as seen in a recent IGN video showing the reacton of people playing the demo.

Here are three reasons why longtime Alien fans will not want to miss playing Alien: Isolation when it comes out on Oct. 7 this year. The game will be available on the PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Following the Original Ridley Scott 'Alien' Storyline

Gamers still suffering from the post Aliens: Colonial Marines burnout will be pleased to know that the upcoming game is using source material from the original Alien film by director Ridley Scott.

Instead of being a tough colonial space marine, players will become Amanda Ripley -- daughter of Ellen Ripley, sole-survivor of the USCSS Nostromo. Now grown-up, Amanda begins looking for her mother whom has gone missing since events in the 1979 film. Her search leads her to Sevastopol Space Station, which mysteriously went silent. When Amanda enters the facility, she discovers the creature that nearly killed her mother fifteen years ago.

Will Amanda come closer to solving the riddle behind her mother's disappearance? This is one thing players will explore in this latest installment of the Alien-inspired game franchise.

Return to Low-tech Sci-Fi, and No Weapons Gameplay

In a recent IGN Pubcast, the game's creative director Al Hope confirmed that players will not be seeing weapons commonly associated with the Alien-sequel such as the Plasma Rifle and the Smartgun.

Even so, player will get basic tools that include the blowtorch and motion-tracker. For defense, players may rely on a jury-rigged flamethrower that does little damage to the Xenomorph alien, but momentarily disorientates the creature. With careful use, players can gain precious seconds while escaping. For the most part though, running and hiding is the best way to survive.

Just like in the film, the technology in Alien: Isolation reflects the 1970s-view of the future. There are no holographic projectors associated with more recent sci-fi films and game. Instead, players will see analog-TV displays, cassette tapes, and other 20th-century tech. According to the developers, this is meant to add an extra layer of immersion with elements from the Alien movie.

DLC Missions: 'The Crew Expendable' and 'Last Survivor'

As an added bonus, Creative Assembly will release two DLC missions titled The Crew Expendable and Last Survivor, which features all the characters from the Ridley Scott film. Both missions take place on the Nostromo where players will relive the scenes from the movie, but will be able to influence the ending.

The game studio also invited the entire main cast from the original film including Sojourney Weaver to provide voices for the characters in the DLC. In the Developer Diary trailer, the cast showed enthusiasm for the upcoming game.

Players who pre-order Alien: Isolation will get the Nostromo Edition that comes with both DLC missions for free. However, the DLC content will eventually be released separately, according to the latest report from Polygon.

All versions of the game can be pre-ordered on Amazon. For those who prefer going through Best Buy, the PC version is not available.