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Today screenshots from the next-gen title Alien: Isolation were leaked to the Internet. These are the first in-game shots we've seen of the Creative Assembly project since it was first revealed.
Sega announced Creative Assembly's Alien project back in 2011. At the time, they mentioned it was a console title. They've said little else about the game since then. The only reason we know the title is that Sega trademarked it this fall.
Previous artwork leaks showed the outside of a massive space station. These screenshots, authenticated by Eurogamer are presumably the interior of that facility. Space suits, an escape pod and terminals are visible in the shots. We don't see any characters but one image seems to be from a first-person perspective, with the character holding a motion sensor. They're a lot more impressive-looking than the leak from March.
A report from October suggested that Isolation stars Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Sigourney Weaver's character Ellen Ripley from the Aliens films. The leaked box art showed that she's an adult by the events of the game. Don't expect her to be reunited with her mom during Isolation. During Ellen's 57-year cryosleep after the first Alien film, she missed Amanda's adolescence, adulthood and ultimate death.
Alien: Isolation is said to be a stealth/horror game. It's more like the first film rather than its action-packed sequels. You're not running around with a squad of marines with pulse rifles. Instead, you have to rely on melee weapons (improvised ones, I'll wager) and avoid enemies when possible. While xenomorphs are part of the game, players are mostly dealing with soldiers and clones. I guess the developers don't want to cheapen the aliens by throwing dozens of them at you in every corridor.
Everything we've heard so far about Isolation sounds promising. It's going to take more than a few gameplay details and a screenshot to make me believe in the project, though. Recent experiences make me a bit gun-shy. After all, it's been over a decade since we've seen a good Aliens game and less than a year since we saw a really bad one. I can't help but feel like I'm being set up for another disappointment.
What do you think of the screenshots? Do they feed your hunger for a new Alien game? Do you still have that hunger at all?