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Alien Isolation Release Date Announced By Sega
Alien Isolation will be launching this October, publisher Sega has confirmed. The company sent out the game's release date through Twitter this morning.
Most Alien games released to this point have been pure action, but Isolation is survival horror. The player won't be mowing down xenomorphs by the dozen with a flamethrower. Instead, the player has to rely on stealth. The weapons that they find can only be used on human and android enemies. The Alien can't be killed so easily.
“Cinematic set-pieces and loads of guns isn’t quite the ‘hiding in the cupboard’ experience I got in the old days of horror gaming,” designer Gary Napper said in a January interview “But that stuff has been embraced by the indie community who are producing these high fidelity games that are tense and atmospheric. It’s not often you get to do that in the triple-A space.”
There's only one Alien in the game and the cat-and-mouse game between the creature and Amanda is the main focus. The Alien hunts you based on sound, smell and sight. Developer The Creative Assembly has talked up the A.I. for the Alien a lot. If the monster's as smart as they say, this could prove to be a very terrifying game.
The other unusual aspect of the game is that it's being handled by the Creative Assembly. The studio's mostly known for its experience with the Total War strategy series. They haven't actually released any horror games before.
Hopefully they can pull it off, though. Alien fans have endured enough crappy games over the years, the most recent example being Colonial Marines. It's about time that they get an Alien game worth the name.
Isolation will be released on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
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