Although the initial announcement of Alien: Isolation‘s two pre-order DLC packages, Crew Expendable and Last Survivor, drew plenty of excitement from fans, that enthusiasm soon turned to disappointment. Sure, the idea of playing out some of the first film’s big moments was enticing, but locking that content behind a pre-order seemed to rub gamers the wrong way.
That’s no slight towards Alien: Isolation, mind you – a game that, by all accounts, has fans’ best intentions in mind – but rather it’s an indictment of the pre-order bonus concept. Locking content beyond what is ostensibly a $60 pay never goes over well with fans, especially when it’s something as awesome as this. It makes it harder for gamers to wait, lest they risk losing access to the content.
Luckily, those who do choose to wait won’t lose out on the chance to play Last Survivor or Crew Expendable. As developer Creative Assembly revealed on their Facebook page, both pieces of DLC will be available as standalone purchases at a later date.
It’s genuinely been great to see the reaction to The Crew Expendable and Last Survivor pre-order bonus content we announced yesterday and how excited you all are to re-experience those classic scenes from the original movie with our Alien. It’s been absolutely amazing for us at the Studio.
However, some of you have been asking if the two pieces of content are only available through pre-order or if we’ll be releasing them at a later date as well. So, I can confirm today that we do plan to release both Crew Expendable and Last Survivor at a later date and we’ll have more details for you guys on that shortly.
In most cases, pre-order content is disposable at best, but this is far from disposable. In fact, these two standalone missions are arguably the most exciting pieces to the entire Alien: Isolation puzzle, as they bring back original cast members Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and Yaphet Kotto — who lent both their likenesses and their voices to the production.
Crew Expendable will take players to the moments right after Brett’s death and tasks them with trying to flush the xenomorph out of the Nostromo’s vents. Like Isolation, gameplay will put an emphasis on stealth variety, as players try to contain and eliminate the xenomorph threat while avoiding contact with it.
The Last Survivor, on the other hand, picks up with Ellen Ripley as she is trying to destroy the Nostromo and flee on the escape vessel. Again, stealth is key, but whereas the first DLC episode offered three playable characters, Last Survivor takes the tally down to one.
See, that’s two pretty cool pieces of content that were originally only pre-order bonuses. Under normal circumstances, asking fans to pre-order an Alien game would be fine, but after Colonial Marines that’s a much taller order.
Thankfully, as we now know, players can wait on reviews before picking up Alien: Isolation without missing out on the Last Survivor or Crew Expendable DLC. That being said, they will still have to pay extra for the content, which is a bummer.
Nevertheless, the Alien fan base is surprisingly undeterred, and hopeful that Creative Assembly can do right by the franchise. This DLC sounds like a step in the right direction, and our time with the actual game at E3 2014 left us impressed, so we’ll see whether it all comes together this October.
Alien: Isolation releases October 7, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: Creative Assembly
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