There are few games easier to follow than Aliens: Colonial Marines , so the developers of Alien: Isolation don’t have to deliver a flawless experience to give the brand a boost. But to make sure there are no suspicions that Creative Assembly looking to pull a fast one on fans yet again, the studio is going out of their way to show, not tell, that they are looking to honor the original film in the series. In the latest trailer, that means a glimpse of the cinematic cut-scenes featured in the game, and the performance capture of the real-life actors bringing the cast to life.
The star of the game (in terms of both story and fan anticipation) is undoubtedly Amanda Ripley, daughter of franchise star Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver). In no subtle way, Amanda will be trying to survive the same horrors and infighting that her mother was forced to when she was just a child, staying one step ahead of a flawless alien killing machine, and learning the hard way that androids can be just as treacherous as human beings.
Fans of Ridley Scott’s film (and James Cameron’s sequel) will know that Ellen Ripley’s fate was left a complete mystery to her daughter Amanda, but Alien: Isolation is looking to add a serious chunk to the franchise’s mythology by filling in the gaps in the younger Ripley’s life:
15 years after the Weyland-Yutani vessel, Nostromo, went missing, Amanda is still looking for answers as to what happened to the ship… and her mother. Now an employee of the company, she discovers the flight recorder has been found and taken to Sevastopol, a decommissioned trading port on the fringes of space. Falling apart and barely operational, the station has a dwindling population that scavenges resources from the little that remains, doing what it can to survive each other and the ever present deadly threat of the Alien.
To date, much of the coverage of Isolation has focused on the the enemy Xenomorph itself, and how the developers have crafted a unique artificial intelligence to make the enemy as terrifying as possible. But in a game seeking to emulate the cinematic tension and fear of Ridley Scott’s film, the actual story and cast will need to hold up their end of the bargain as well.
Surprisingly, the studio has chosen not to focus much attention on the actual cast – particularly the first woman to actually play Amanda Ripley (the image shown in Aliens was actually of Weaver’s mother, Elizabeth Inglis). Luckily, Creative Assembly’s decision to capture the likeness and facial performance of the cast means fans at least have a face to put to the role, even if a name remains elusive.
The video doesn’t offer enough of a glimpse of the actual performances to determine whether they will make or break the game, but from the first announcement, most fans seemed willing to give the game the benefit of the doubt. Their reasoning: Isolation seems like a game that should have been made already. The developers are showing all the right designs and special touches to get the die-hard on their side, so hopefully the cast can support the pressure.
What do you think of the new video? Does it boost your excitement in the actual story of the game, or is it the mechanics of terror that have you interested? Sound off in the comments.
Alien: Isolation releases October 7, 2014 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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