Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Blackout announced — Survival horror Alien

New Alien video game stars Amanda Ripley, but is it Alien Isolation 2? ‘Alien: Blackout’ is a Survival Horror Mobile Game Starring Amanda Ripley
Katie Ramirez | 10 January, 2019, 09:27

The idea is that you're rescuing your crew through seven levels while manipulating the ship's technology. But it could be the beginning of an expanded Alien universe with transmedia tie-ins.

Within Blackout's press release, FoxNext ends the announcement with a teaser for their next Alien game. Alien: Blackout is set to come out January 24. "Watch. Play" though and while the play bit could easily refer to some sort of web or mobile game the fact that a console game is known to be in development gives plenty of reason to be optimistic. There will also be multiple endings one can achieve based on in-game actions.

In good news, at least, the iOS listing has revealed a flat pricing structure of $5 United States dollars as opposed to any suggestion of microtransactions-which gives this Alien smartphone game one leg up above Blizzard's late-2018 reveal of.

In short, this could be the beginning of an expanded universe of transmedia Alien content.

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This Alien mobile game is now available for pre-order on Apple App Store, Android Google Play and at Amazon Store for Kindle Fire. No mentions of in-app purchases were found on the store listings. A new tweet from the Alien Anthology Twitter account, which represents 21st Century Fox's franchise, suggest the company means to expand on the story started in 2014's Alien: Isolation in more ways than one.

It sounds very similar to Isolation on paper - you'll be exploring a Weyland-Yutani space station and avoiding a relentless Xenomorph as it hunts you down. Isolation, you'll need to "outsmart the flawless hunter by making perilous choices", shepherding the surviving crew to safety. In the game, you must control Ripley and the station's remaining crew members as they try to escape, without being killed off by the latest version of the series' titular alien. "The uncertainty and unpredictability of both the alien and her crew can impose total defeat for Amanda and the entire station".

The next title that Foxnext Games is working on is a new console title which is coming to the PC as well. According to the game's official website, players will strategically protect crewmembers from a hungry (or just angry) xenomorph "using only the space station's limited power supply to operate a holographic map, surveillance cameras, and motion tracker". It's arguably the only game to truly recreate the atmosphere of the original 1979 movie, and the only game that deserves a character named Ripley - specifically, Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen and engineer of spaceships.

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