Read our full Alien: Isolation review.
As the singular title implies, Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror adventure based on Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi/horror film, Alien. There’s just one Xenomorph hunting your sweet, delicious human flesh aboard a decommissioned trading station, and you’re not going to have a million rounds of ammo to snuff it out with.
This is Sega’s attempt to redeem its work on the Alien series after 2013’s disastrous Aliens: Colonial Marines. We’ve heard whispers of a Creative Assembly-developed entry in the series, including an obviously Alien-inspired job posting that surfaced shortly after A:CM‘s February 2013 release. This amounts to the first official confirmation, however. Sega has confirmed that Total War developer Creative Assembly will release the title in late 2014 for the PlayStation and Xbox family of consoles, as well as Windows.
Details are scant at the moment. You play as Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Alien protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver’s character). The trailer suggests that Amanda is sent off to the trading station to discover the truth of what happened to her mother. Isolation picks up 15 years after the events of Alien. Amanda never appeared in any of the films, though she featured into the novelization and the original script of James Cameron’s Aliens. According to the series wiki, Amanda lived to the age of 66, when she died of cancer.
It’s not clear if Sega and Creative Assembly are sticking to the canon established outside the films, so don’t take that as a spoiler. Amanda may well not survive the events of Isolation. You can check out both the gameplay trailer and a developer diary below.