How fortuitous is it that the day I post an Alien book review is the day a new Alien: Isolation trailer comes out? I hereby dub today The Day of Alien. You are now officially excused from your life’s obligations so you can marathon all the films.
The new video game trailer doesn’t showcase too much gameplay, instead choosing to amp up anticipation with zoomed in shots of creatures moving in the dark and the usual lines of praise from various review sites. It’s ostensibly voiced over by Amanda Ripley, Ellen Ripley’s daughter who has ventured into the depths of space in search of her missing mother. Instead she finds an Alien.
There’s only the one monster lurking around, but because Isolation is meant to be stealth/horror, there’s a minimal amount of fighting in the game. You can’t kill the Alien (unfortunately for Amanda), and any weapons you find can only be used on hostile humans or Working Joes, so you’ll be doing a lot of sneaking and running. At least you get a flamethrower at some point!
Alien: Isolation releases October 7, 2014 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.