Leaked ‘Alien: Isolation’ Screenshots Show Familiar Environments & Tech

Dec 13, 2013 by  

Alien Isolation Screenshots

Alien fans are well aware that the legendary series has a rocky past when it comes to the games industry, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been genuinely great games developed as well. Months ago, a trademark for the title Alien: Isolation became noticed by online watchdogs, making it apparent that the Creative Assembly development studio was busy cooking something up.

News has been slow to trickle out about the game, but the naming of the title as ‘Alien’ as opposed to ‘Aliens’ is in itself a good indication that the game will follow more closely to the idea behind the original movie. Thanks to some unknown sleuths, four new screenshots for Alien: Isolation have come to light, showing iconic items like the series-staple motion tracker and fantastically retro-looking command consoles.

For those who are familiar with the characters of the movie, Alien: Isolation will supposedly follow the story of Amanda Ripley, daughter of the famed protagonist Ellen Ripley. Sigourney Weaver’s character left massive shoes to fill, so if this rumor turns out to be true, Creative Assembly has much work to do in regards to creating a strong female lead.

Amanda briefly appeared as a plot point in the movie Aliens, when Ellen discovered she’d been cryogenically frozen long enough that her baby daughter had grown up and passed away at the age of 66, a few years before Ellen was found and brought back. Of course, that’s if you believe the word of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation – though changing the canon of the entire series might be a bold step, even for Sega.

The screenshot leak began circulating around Twitter last night from a variety of unofficial sources. The screenshots mostly show the environments for the game, meaning they were likely meant for planning and development usage and not for any kind of promotional material – that said, fans of the Alien brand are likely going to be excited anyway. Here’s the four screenshots for those interested:

The screenshots certainly give off a nostalgic vibe for those who have watched the first movie, with lots of bright buttons and old beige consoles. While it’s obvious the game won’t be set on the USS Nostromo like the original movie was, the base idea of Isolation might be the same: one last survivor, isolated and trying to escape an infected ship. If Amanda had gone searching for her Mom believing there was something more to the explosion of the Nostromo, it could explain how she might end up in such a dangerous predicament.

Instead of a straightforward first-person shooter like the ill-fated Aliens: Colonial Marines, Isolation will also implement a fair amount of stealth and horror element into the gameplay. If players fill the role of Amanda Ripley, it’s likely they’ll have to use plenty of sneaking to get past the hostile xenomorphs which fans have come to love and fear.

Neither Creative Assembly or Sega have revealed which systems the game is coming out on, but next generation consoles and PC are a safe bet.

What do you think, Ranters? Are you interested in a new Alien game, or has Colonial Marines scarred you for life?

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Follow John Jacques on Twitter @Makelevi.

Source: EuroGamer

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  1. any Aliens game can be good .. if done right

    • @Alter

      I agree, the Colonial Marines game could have been awesome, but that studio screwed it up…

      • actually i dont agree. aliens colonial marines was following the same route of fail that DNF experienced. i guess it really should have been obvious to those of us wanting to buy it but i guess we were just too overjoyed and ecsatic to actually have the chance to play a new shiny aliens game that we just hoped for the best. ACM was just born to fail it seems. some things were good about it like the circle menu for weapon selection and the tracker but everything else was just like a half-finished only been worked on for 6 months alpha not even at beta stage.

        • Uh, I think you misunderstood what I was saying. I’m saying the concept of a game based on the Aliens universe where you play a Colonial Marine had the potential to be really awesome, epic even. I’m not at all talking about anything specific that came out of that studio.

  2. Any game can be good if done right. It’s just that 70% of them are not.

  3. Storyline’s utter garbage. An in-between story that can’t possibly exist in the Aliens universe as we know it? Like, you know, Aliens: Colonial Marines already was? Yet another waste of the Alien IP.

    Sega have sent their common sense to join the Curiosity Rover on Mars.

  4. Ooh! Do I get to choose the color of my virus?

  5. i do believe that this time around i will almost totally ignore this game. aliens colonial marines CE tho worth it to a VERY small degree to myself as an avid aliens fan was an utter disgrace to gaming, sega, James Cameron, and the franchise. ill just sit back and see if this will soar or die miserably sucking on a facehugger.

  6. Oh please oh please Sega if you screw another Alien game up I hope you rot in hell. Not a good game since AVP2…and Marines looked like it had potential!

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