The Alien franchise is one that hasn’t necessarily transferred well into the realm of video games, and fans of the films are understandably skeptical of any game-related announcements that tie into the series. Even with the lacklustre and critically shamed installment that was Aliens: Colonial Marines firmly in the books, the reveal trailer for Alien: Isolation looks to at long last be the game that consumers have been waiting for.
While the initial trailer and leaked screenshots of the game make Isolation appear all the more tantalizing, Al Hope, the title’s creative lead, has confirmed to Rock, Paper, Shotgun that the game will be “very much a single player experience.” As Hope explains, multiplayer in some form was something that him and the rest of his team at Creative Assembly did consider, but the studio opted to make the single player campaign the primary focus of the project.
“It’s very much about a single player experience. We did think about it, it’s not like we never considered it — and we had some pretty neat ideas around that. But for us the focus always was that single player experience. And I think because you have this dynamic alien and it’s about the player’s choices while they play it, it does mean that you can go back and try different stuff out. So I think there is a lot of scope to have players go back and do things differently.”
Multiplayer, if executed properly, can add replay value to a game after the solo campaign has been completed, but it sounds as if Creative Assembly is taking the right approach to a game based on the Alien franchise. From a design standpoint, there are an increased amount of cinematic and horror elements that can be implemented to immerse users when they experience a game by themselves, and it becomes much harder to do that effectively with multiple players.
Fans will finally be able to suit up as Amanda Ripley later this year, and (at least at this point in time) it looks like Alien: Isolation will finally be a game worthy of the beloved Alien monicker.
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Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun