Following rumors that Alien: Isolation 2 may be in the works, developer Creative Assembly have debunked all speculation by confirming that a new Alien title is not in development.
According to Eurogamer’s sources, the Halo Wars 2 team over at Creative Assembly have completed work on the Halo spin-off and have started pre-production on its next project following completion, but it won’t be a sequel to Alien: Isolation. As for what this next project may be, Eurogamer’s sources remained tight-lipped on the topic, though fans shouldn’t expect it for at least a couple of years.
While Alien: Isolation was a critical hit upon release, it wasn’t quite the commercial hit that Sega was expecting, selling approximately 2 million copies, thus the prospect of a sequel was never a guarantee. Should a follow-up title be green-lit, it will likely take on a very different form compared to its predecessor as Eurogamer’s sources have also confirmed that a majority of the Alien: Isolation design team no longer work at Creative Assembly.
A new Alien game may not currently be on the cards, but Creative Assembly certainly aren’t sitting around doing nothing either. With work on Halo Wars 2 now completed, the studio have turned its attention towards the upcoming Total War: Warhammer 2, which is scheduled for launch in 2017 some time. Beyond the Warhammer sequel, the studio have also confirmed that the next real-world Total War game is currently in full development, though it will be some time before that project sees the light of day.
Given the critical attention given to Alien: Isolation, a new title set in the Alien universe appears to be the best move in the long-term for the franchise, especially since Creative Assembly have already done some pre-production work for a potential Alien: Isolation 2. But given that the original design team are no longer working at the studio and the fact that Isolation wasn’t a massive blockbuster hit, the chances of a sequel remain slim for the time being.
Having said that, with E3 2017 just a few months away, fans of the series should keep their fingers crossed in the event Sega and Creative Assembly have a surprise Alien announcement to make at the conference.