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Creating the Alien of Alien: Isolation

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If I had to be stuck in a room with a horror movie icon, I’d gladly take Pinhead, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger or Barney the Dinosaur. Those forces of evil can at least be outsmarted. But the good ol’ Xenomorph, more commonly known as the Alien? That’s the kind of situation that’d make me start shouting GAME OVER MAN! And the creature in Alien: Isolation looks terrifying.

Here’s the latest video for the game, showing off the tense atmosphere and how the penis-headed animal can strike at any time.

“When the audiences went to see Alien in theatres back in 1979, they were introduced to a new creature that was terrifying, unstoppable and totally unique,” Creative Lead Al Hope says in the video. “We wanted to make a game that recaptured that original experience. We wanted to make the Alien scary again”.

“Depending on how cautious players are, we’ve seen encounters in Alien Isolation last well over thirty minutes in some cases,” design lead Gary Napper added.

And this just can’t be done with scripted behaviour. As soon as the player can predict a pattern in the Alien, it stops being scary. It doesn’t follow any prescribed path or set of behaviour that are telling it to do specific things, it’s just reacting to the player’s presence and the choices that the player makes.

Frightening stuff indeed. Alien: Isolation arrives in the final quarter of the year to hug your face off on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Last Updated: March 14, 2014

31 Comments

  1. Loll with the Barney the Dinosaur horror mention, since that is precisely what they did in ACM.

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  2. A 2 Cthulhu?

    March 14, 2014 at 09:25

    Didn’t get a chance to check the video out, but are we dealing with a single alien in the game? That would be so awesome. I truly would feel that isolation, and knowing that you are up against a single menacing and terrifiying foe, would make for a great experience.

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    • RinceIsIngwer

      March 14, 2014 at 09:28

      Yes, just one alien and no guns.

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      • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

        March 14, 2014 at 10:19

        Like they said… Even if you do get a gun you will be too afraid to fire it, because it might hear you O_o

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        • RinceIsIngwer

          March 14, 2014 at 10:21

          Uh uh. I would use the gun on myself when too scared 0-O

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          • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

            March 14, 2014 at 10:22

            Hope this comes with a years supply of man diaper and it is scary enough that you actually need to use it 😀

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      March 14, 2014 at 09:29

      that’s exactly what it’s all about. Survival against one alien. No offensive weaponry and lots of tears.

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      • RinceIsIngwer

        March 14, 2014 at 09:32

        Please tell me you will get Darryn to review this. I want to see what the writing of a broken man looks like.

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        • HvR

          March 14, 2014 at 09:32

          Video review in TInkerbell costume.

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          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 14, 2014 at 09:32

            We can do a before and after type thing 🙂

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 14, 2014 at 09:33

            Before he’s Batman, afterwards he’s Aquaman.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            March 14, 2014 at 09:34

            Lol. Before: ‘I’m Batman and even an Alien won’t crack me. After: Rocking self in shower…

      • A 2 Cthulhu?

        March 14, 2014 at 09:48

        Sweet, it may actually restore my faith in Alien games. Colonial Marines scared the sh*t out of me, and for completely the wrong reasons…

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  3. Admiral Chief of comments

    March 14, 2014 at 09:27

    ” It doesn’t follow any prescribed path or set of behaviour that are telling it to do specific things”

    Very true, This sounds like a good recipe!

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  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 14, 2014 at 09:27

    I’ve always found the scariest situations in games to be those where you’re waiting for the monster to appear. Like exploring a building & you’re just hearing things or seeing hints of movement, and the longer that goes the worse it gets – because you KNOW it’s coming.

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    • HvR

      March 14, 2014 at 09:30

      The beeping of AvP1 marine motion sensor comes to mind. glad they brought it properly back for this.

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    • RinceIsIngwer

      March 14, 2014 at 09:31

      Agreed. I thought Alan Wake did a damn fine job of ‘suggesting’ what was about to come up, as did Dead Space 1.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 14, 2014 at 09:33

        Backlog 😉

        I’m sure Metro 2033 will not disappoint in this regard.

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        • Admiral Chief of comments

          March 14, 2014 at 09:46

          Yeah, those Librarians……

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          • General JJ the Fett

            March 14, 2014 at 09:48

            Those things were crap scary in the book.

        • Guest

          March 14, 2014 at 10:22

          Metro Last Night was also damn good in this regard.

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    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      March 14, 2014 at 10:23

      the 1st F.E.A.R did a good job of this… scaring you with stuff that you don’t see or didn;t expect O_o

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  5. RinceIsIngwer

    March 14, 2014 at 09:30

    So almost excited about this. Have been burned before with promises of an awesome Alien game, and it hasn’t been long enough for me to forgive.

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    • HvR

      March 14, 2014 at 09:31

      Will wait for review round up, but at this stage pre-alpha footage looks more complete than ACM.

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  6. TiMsTeR1033

    March 14, 2014 at 09:47

    I’ll show that alien a new meaning of bat crazy! no scripts, gonna screw with that things head! To beat the alien one must become “alien”.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 14, 2014 at 09:55

      Bring it, bitch!

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    • Skoobaz

      March 14, 2014 at 10:39

      Hehehe. Nice. Very nice!

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  7. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 14, 2014 at 09:55

    Looking forward to this one……Is this gonna be retail too? seems like a downloadable game

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  8. Galbedir

    March 14, 2014 at 10:03

    Sweet lord it looks beautiful! I wantz!

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  9. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 14, 2014 at 10:12

    If this game is everything that they are saying, then I want it!

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  10. Schalk Engelbrecht

    March 14, 2014 at 13:52

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