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Alien: Isolation
Alien: Isolation

PC | PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Genre: First Person Shooter Players: 1 to 0
Developer: Creative Assembly
Publisher: SEGA Classification: TBC
Release Date:
Thursday, 27 May 2021
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:40pm 27/05/21 | 0 Comments
And Creative Assembly is currently hiring, calling on people that want to be involved in creating "something radically different in the FPS space". Naturally as this is coming from the team behind the excellent Alien: Isolation there's plenty of room for excitement.

Creative Assembly, which is a part of SEGA, is known for its strategy-focused Total War series. Over the years it has branched out into action and other genres with varying success. 2014's Alien: Isolation proved to be one the studio's most memorable "side projects" so its great to hear that this new project is another sci-fi FPS.

That said a number of roles are listing "experience working with live game services" so it sounds like it won't be a singe-player affair like Isolation. It's also worth noting that the artwork accompanying the new job listings is not indicative of gameplay.
Friday, 23 April 2021
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 10:48am 23/04/21 | 0 Comments
The Epic Games Store shows no sign of slowing down the freebies, with this week bringing a couple of gems -- the sci-fi terror of playing the gneuinely creepy Alien: Isolation as well as the underrated goodness of the locally grown Hand of Fate 2.

Both are currently free to add to your library -- and you can get them now via the Epic Games Store.

Odds are you've probably heard about or seen Alien: Isolation in action, an experience that puts you in the cinematic setting of being hunted by a single xenomorph and having to hide in vents, under tables, or in lockers. Hoping that you aren't seen or heard -- it's tense, exciting, and features some brilliant and moody sound design to go with its on-point visuals.

As for Hand of Fate 2 calling it underrated isn't a term we throw out lightly, as per our original review, "This is a Roguelike-esque experience with cards. It’s not a CCG. It has combat and puzzle-solving, it employs a greater emphasis on player-input on the chance portion of the game (either a narrative ruse concocted to bring “The Dealer” even more to life, or a happy coincidence), and it’s ever-playable. In fact, if you want a game that’s going to engage you over and over again -- with player-invested differentials -- I can’t recommend Hand of Fate 2 enough."
Thursday, 21 November 2019
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:23pm 21/11/19 | 1 Comments
And the tip is in the mod title: Aliens: Isolation. Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation has been out since 2014, but according the mod-creator, Matt (love a good mod handle), the original game was "too easy", as reported by DSOGaming, which prompted him to up the Xenomorph ante.

Our very own Kosta Andreadis is already hiding in a corner somewhere after watching the below teaser. There's no release window just yet, but as DSOGaming points out, the mod will stay in line with the original game's mechanic of playing hide and seek rather than being able to kill any of the aliens, so yeah, this might be one of the scariest additions to an already intense experience from a survival-horror perspective(s), and we're keen on it.

Watch the mod teaser embedded below.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Post by Eorl @ 12:29pm 22/10/14 | 0 Comments
SEGA has announced new DLC will be making its way to the horror-inducing title Alien: Isolation, including new maps for Survivor Mode.

In total, there's five packs coming to the stealth-horror game: Corporate Lockdown, Trauma, Safe Haven, Lost Contact, and The Trigger are all due for release periodically between October 28, 2014 and March 2015.

Each of the packs will offer a different perspective centred around the events on Sevastopol Station in the run up to the arrival of the Weyland-Yutani team, with every bundle offering a different playable character, unique objectives, and a new game mode.

In the first bit of DLC, Corporate Lockdown, Seegson Executive Ransome learns he's been abandoned by superiors and, knowing that the Torrens is on its way, plans to make a daring escape with Nostromo data in tow.

Elsewhere in the DLC are three new challenge maps - named Severance, Scorched Earth, and Loose Ends - which challenge players to compete for the leaderboard top-spot by escaping in the fastest time possible or by attaining the highest score via side quests.

On top of that, there's also the addition of Gauntlet mode. In this mode, players must tackle all three challenge maps, back-to-back, without dying.

Corporate Lockdown is due to drop October 28, priced at $7.99/€6.99/£5.59, respectively. Season Pass owners get all the content at no extra charge.
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Post by Eorl @ 12:29pm 09/10/14 | 1 Comments
While not officially supported by Sega and developer The Creative Assembly, players have uncovered a relatively easy way to enable Rift VR support in the newest Alien: Isolation title, and the result will leave you with a new change of underwear.

The Creative Assembly added virtual reality support to Alien: Isolation for a special E3 demo of the game but it took a handful of developers and enthusiasts posting to Reddit and the Oculus VR forums to work out a solution for the retail release.

Getting the game to recognize the Rift and present Isolation in VR mode requires editing a few text and XML files and configuring a couple Rift settings, but the implementation appears pretty painless. Here are the instructions, via Reddit.

Based on the response from Rift dev kit owners who say they're playing Alien: Isolation in VR mode, the experience — although unofficial — is still as terrifying as the E3 demo. If you do happen to have a devkit lying around I'd recommend it, though prepare for some new underwear.

For our thoughts on Alien: Isolation, check out the official review here.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:58am 18/09/14 | 1 Comments
Sega has today revealed details on the season pass for their sci-fi horror Alien: Isolation, noting that the extra DLC will cover new maps for Survivor Mode, a frantic game mode that has you versing the alien on a map with limited resources.

The first Survivor Mode map, Basement, is included with the game when it launches on October 7th. Alien: Isolation is getting a Season Pass for all five of its Survivor Mode map packs, the first of which launches on October 28th. Each Survivor Mode pack includes three maps.

The first map pack has its "own set objective and challenges, a new playable character and a variety of enemy types between you and your escape," Sega writes in a press release. "Over the following months, four more add-on packs will release, each featuring a new playable character, and a mix of new maps and game modes to challenge even the most proficient player."

All of the Survivor Mode maps are due to be out by March 2015, Sega says. There's no word on a price for the individual packs or the Season Pass, but the pass gives players a discount of "up to" 25 percent.
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 02:06pm 11/09/14 | 0 Comments
Wondering whether your computer will be able to run Creative Assembly's sci-fi horror Alien: Isolation? Well the developer has just released both minimum and recommended specs, so take a glance and see for yourself.

Those looking to run the game at its most minimum level will find the following specifications needed:
  • Operating System: Windows 7 (32bit)
  • Processor: 3.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 35GB required for installation
  • Video Card: 1GB DirectX® 11 (AMD Radeon HD 5550 or Nvidia GeForce GT 430)
  • And for recommended specs you won't be needing super computers to run away from aliens, with only the beefiest requirement being a 2GB GPU:
  • Operating System: Windows 7 (64bit)
  • Processor: AMD: Phenom II X4 955 - 4 Core, 3.2 GHz or INTEL: Core 2 Quad Q9650 - 4 Core, 3.0 Ghz
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 35GB required for installation
  • Video Card: 2GB DirectX® 11 (AMD GPU: AMD Radeon R9 200 Series or Nvidia gpu: GeForce GTX660)
  • I think one of the most interesting things to come from these specs is that the game will be offering a 32-bit version, something that has begun being phased out thanks to the more common 64-bit approach. Of course, it could also be due to past-gen support but we won't know until launch.

    Alien: Isolation will be launching October 7th for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
    Wednesday, 10 September 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 09:17am 10/09/14 | 0 Comments
    SEGA's horror-induced claustrophobic title Alien: Isolation has gone gold according to the publisher, and to help celebrate they've revealed a new "Vignette" trailer, the first of nine apparently.

    As the publisher notes on the video, these will be "VERY short", with snippets of gameplay littered throughout so don't expect too much given away. The trailers will take a look at Creative Assembly's varied environments and how they'll be challenging players not just with the idea of an Alien hunting you down, but also the environment as well.

    Check it out below. Alien: Isolation will be heading to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come October 7th.

    Thursday, 14 August 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 09:44pm 14/08/14 | 7 Comments
    If you're creeping around a marooned spacecraft being hunted by an alien, you're going to be spending a lot of time in dark rooms staring at a motion scanner, and that's exactly what developer Creative Assembly is hoping for in their upcoming survival-horror Alien: Isolation.

    AusGamers' own Nathan "Nachosjustice" Lawrenece was recently given the chance to do just that, taking a good look at just what makes Creative's Alien really tick the scary boxes. From the very creepy atmosphere of being alone to the near-death moments you'll experience, Alien: Isolation is one game you'll want to keep both eyes on.
    We really wanted to go back to the sensation of the first film. It’s very upright, very tall, something that looks down on a player, not runs around like angry dogs. It wasn’t any kind of bug or insect. This is the Alien. That’s one of the mantras we had: to re-Alien the Alien, to really reclaim it as the ultimate killer, not just any other generic sci-fi creature. One of the things is to enable the player for the first time to really experience an encounter with that Ridley Scott Alien. We were never going to make lots of different Alien types.”
    One thing is for sure, in space, they will hear you scream. Check out the full Alien: Isolation hands-on preview and developer interview for more.
    Friday, 25 July 2014
    Post by Dan @ 08:28am 25/07/14 | 2 Comments
    As we edge slowly close to the game's October launch, publisher SEGA have released another new promotional video for Alien: Isolation.

    Alien: Isolation has been billed as a homage to the original 1979 Ridley Scott movie, rather than its more action oriented sequels, and it was recently revealed that the film's actors would be reprising their roles as voice actors in some downloable content levels announced as an exclusive bonus for pre-order customers.

    The latest trailer features some of those actors, notably Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Yaphet Kotto (Parker), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), and Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), looking 35 years older and talking about their involvement in the game.

    Alien: Isolation is due on October 7th 2014 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

    Thursday, 10 July 2014
    Post by Dan @ 08:13am 10/07/14 | 3 Comments
    SEGA sends word that key cast members from the original 1979 Alien film will feature in some additional bonus misssions for Creative Assembly's upcoming Alien: Isolation game, but offered only as an exclusive pre-order incentive.

    Impressively, they've even secured voice acting and the license to use the likenesses of the film's key actors, making it peculiar that it's limited to those who pre-order, at select retailers no less:
    The bonus content in the Nostromo Edition features Academy Award-nominated actress, Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Tom Skerritt (Dallas) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker) as the original crew, reunited on the ship.

    In these terrifying moments, Brett and Kane are dead. Along with Ash and Lambert, it’s down to you – as Dallas, Parker or the formidable Ellen Ripley – to find a way to isolate the Alien and overcome the terror that confronts them.

    Continuing on the legacy of Ellen Ripley, players will finally be able to discover the story of her daughter, Amanda Ripley in the full length game of Alien: Isolation

    “Working with the original cast has been an incredible experience,” said Alistair Hope, Creative Lead on Alien: Isolation. “It was important to us to have the key original cast members reprise their roles in order to perfectly capture the atmosphere of the movie. For some of the original cast, this is their first appearance in an Alien video game. Seeing them reprise those roles after 35 years was an unforgettable experience.”
    In more 'exclusive' madness, IGN appears to have exclusivity on the Nostromo Edition's trailer, which we've embedded from their Youtube channel below.

    Alien: Isolation is due on October 7th 2014 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

    Wednesday, 11 June 2014
    Post by Dan @ 11:41am 11/06/14 | 6 Comments
    In addition to the obligatory E3 2014 trailer, SEGA and Creative Assembly's horror-focused Alien licensed title Alien: Isolation has reportedly been tuned for native Oculus Rift virtual reality display support, on the PC at least.

    The game's official Twitter feed boasts that the first person survival horror has prime placement among the games being demonstrated at the Oculus VR Booth at the E3 expo this week, suggesting that the developers at Creative Assembly have put in the extra effort to make their upcoming game VR friendly.

    The fact that Alien: Isolation had already been designed with a very minimilistic user interface likely saved some time, as things like HUDs and crosshairs generally require adjustment for the head-mounted display. Watch the E3 trailer below.

    Alien: Isolation is due on October 7 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

    Saturday, 7 June 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 12:08pm 07/06/14 | 0 Comments
    As we count down the hours until E3 2014 begins, Sega has today outlined just what to expect from their E3 presence including Sonic the Hedgehog, Alien: Isolation and anime favourite Hatsune Miku.

    As outlined above, Sega's survival horror Alien: Isolation will be making an appearance in most likely a playable form, though we also expect further gameplay details and a trailer of some sort. Sega is also bringing two titles in the new Sonic Boom series, a spin-off from the main Sonic the Hedgehog franchise: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS.

    Sega will also be showing off Hatsune Miku's Project Dive F 2nd for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3, the latest in a rather long series from the popular virtual singing game. The game will include 20 classic songs from Miku's previous games, which were only available in Japan on the PlayStation Portable, plus new songs and cross-save compatibility between handheld and console and a creation mode.

    E3 2014 will begin next week, with Microsoft's conference opening up first at 2:30AM AEST. AusGamers will be on the scene in full swing, so make sure you keep your eyes on the front page for all the latest gaming news.
    Friday, 9 May 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 04:13pm 09/05/14 | 4 Comments
    Sega has revealed a new Alien: Isolation trailer shedding some light on the cast of the game, which they aim to make as "believable as possible."

    One of the main methods developers Creative Assembly are utilising in their development cycle is 3D-scanning in all of the voice actors for the game, as well as capitalising on motion-capture facial animation. The dev diary gave a sneak peek of the game where Amanda’s plans to find her mother are discovered by her boss when she opts for a job in the region her mother is known to have been lost.

    Alien: Isolation is due on October 7 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

    Thursday, 17 April 2014
    Post by Dan @ 10:50am 17/04/14 | 2 Comments
    Unlike most games based on the Aliens movie franchise, Creative Assembly keeps reminding us that the forthcoming Alien: Isolation draws its inspiration from the horror themes of the original 1979 Ridley Scott film, rather than its more action-oriented contemporaries.

    The developer is also aiming to capture the look of the first film too, and this latest developer diary style video explains how the studio has approached what they refer to as "low-fi sci-fi" with things like spaceship instrument panels and displays as they were imagined in the 1970s with lots of buttons, dials and CRT screens. Watch it below.

    Alien: Isolation is due on October 7 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

    Monday, 7 April 2014
    Post by Dan @ 09:37am 07/04/14 | 4 Comments
    SEGA and Creative Assembly have released a new developer diary style trailer for Alien: Isolation, this time delving into the game's audio features. With this latest licensed Alien game promising to take players back to the horror themes of the original Ridley Scott film, sound obviously plays a very important part in creating the right atmosphere and helping the player keep tabs on the alien hunting him in the dark corners of the derelict vessel.
    From previously undiscovered audio tracks found deep within the Fox vaults, to recording with our own selection from London's top orchestral musicians, our studio developers will be revealing interesting details on what's helped shape the audio soundscape of Alien: Isolation.
    Alien: Isolation is due on October 7 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

    Monday, 31 March 2014
    Post by Dan @ 10:35am 31/03/14 | 3 Comments
    SEGA and Creative Assembly have set an October 7th 2014 release date for Alien: Isolation, the much anticipated first person action game promising to take the popular licensed sci-fi franchise back to its horror-themed roots.
    “We couldn’t be happier to finally announce a date for Alien: Isolation,” said Alistair Hope, Creative Lead at Creative Assembly. “The reaction we have seen so far has been simply incredible, from the screams and shrieks to the cold sweats and racing hearts. It’s the Alien game that we’ve always wanted to play and we can’t wait to let everyone get their hands on it this fall.”

    Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
    The October 7th date includes all five planned platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
    Friday, 14 March 2014
    Post by Dan @ 10:33am 14/03/14 | 1 Comments
    We're told that there's only one opponent in Creative Assembly's upcoming Alien: Isolation, a single Xenomorph creature -- inspired by the horror themes of the original 1979 Ridley Scott film, rather than the action-oriented sequels -- so one would hope that a whole lot of effort has gone into making it the best damned Alien videogames have ever seen.

    Creating the Alien is the topic of the latest developer diary style trailer, which along with a few brief snippets of gameplay, appropriately features the game's creative lead, two designers, a programmer and an animator discussing how they've made this game's alien awesome.
    Terrifying, unstoppable and totally unique, this is an enemy you need to avoid at all costs. He’s hunting you, using his senses, his instincts, to hunt you down and kill you. He’s intelligent, unpredictable and extremely dangerous and nowhere is safe.
    Watch the clip below. Alien: Isolation is due in late 2014 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

    Monday, 10 February 2014
    Post by Dan @ 12:37pm 10/02/14 | 12 Comments
    If you're creeping around a marooned spacecraft being hunted by an alien, you're going to be spending a lot of time in dark rooms staring at a motion scanner, and that's exactly what you'll find in this latest set of screenshots from Creative Assembly's upcoming Alien: Isolation, the licensed title aiming to go back to the franchises horror roots.
    On a decommissioned trading station in the fringes of space, fear and panic have gripped the inhabitants. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
    Hit the thumbs below for the full gallery.

    Alien: Isolation is due in late 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

    Monday, 20 January 2014
    Post by Dan @ 11:28am 20/01/14 | 15 Comments
    There's no movement all over the place in Creative Assembly's upcoming licensed Alien title, it's back to basics with a single creature inspired more by the horror themes of Ridley Scott's 1979 film over the more action-oriented sequels.

    Publisher SEGA has let loose a few more screenshots for our viewing pleasure, exhibiting some more creepy stills from the lonely space station that is hoping to create some brown trousers when the game ships late in 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Hit the thumbs below for the full gallery (thanks VG247).