Even before we found out that his videos earn him a $4 million salary, it was pretty clear that Swedish Let’s Player Felix Kjellberg AKA PewDiePie was the king of YouTube gaming personalities. With over 31 million subscribers (and counting), PewDiePie’s power for promoting games has garnered him early access to upcoming titles on more than one occasion, and the latest title to fall into his hands is sci-fi horror Alien: Isolation.
Putting players in the shoes of Amanda Ripley, daughter of the Nostromo’s sole surviving crew member, Alien: Isolation kicks off with a mission to the space station Sevastopol, where Amanda must find the ship’s log and uncover the mystery of what happened to her mother. Needless to say, it isn’t long because things go wrong and Amanda finds herself being stalked through Sevastopol by the alien itself, as well as a host of human (and less-than-human) enemies.
The first 18 minutes of Alien: Isolation gameplay are now available to watch (with PewDiePie’s commentary), and those who were undecided about whether or not to buy the game can at least get a good idea of what to expect from the story and environments, even if combat and stealth don’t come into play just yet. One of the rules set by the game’s designers was that they would include anything in the game that could not have been built as a practical prop in 1978, which means that there’s a gloriously nostalgic feel to Torrens – the ship that Amanda wakes up in at the start of the game.
Despite the subtitle, Amanda isn’t completely alone on the journey to Sevastopol. She’s joined by Weyland-Yutani representatives Samuels and Taylor, the Torrens’ Captain, Verlaine, and its navigation officer, Connor. There’s also a brief conversation with a character called Marshall Waits, who will presumably either appear at a later point in the story or simply be found as a dismembered corpse with an audio log lying nearby. That might sound pessimistic, but when you combine the Alien franchise with the survival horror genre things are likely to get nasty.
PewDiePie promises to upload the next chapter of the Let’s Play soon, but for those who’d prefer not to have the game spoiled the wait for its release is almost over. The Alien brand might still be stinging from the disappointment that was Aliens: Colonial Marines, but perhaps Alien: Isolation will be just what’s needed to restore our faith.
Alien: Isolation is set to launch on October 7, 2014, and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.