Sigourney Weaver is set to reprise her role as Ripley in the Alien franchise in the upcoming video game Alien: Isolation. She's not the only one from the original movie coming back either — Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, and Veronica Cartwright will also be reprising their roles for the game.
This will be a part of DLC expansion for the game, which will allow players to take control of Ellen Ripley, as well as Captain Dallas and Parker, as they try to survive the intrusion of the the xenomorph alien that comes aboard the cargo ship Nostromo. John Hurt was not included in the game because the events take place after he died in the film. I included a trailer for the DLC that you can watch below.
The story follows Ellen Ripley's daughter, who is looking for answers about her mother's disappearance. Below, you'll find a more detailed description of the game.
“Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien™, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.
”As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien.
”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.”
According to IGN, "Everyone who pre-orders the game will get a free upgrade to the ‘Nostromo Edition’, which includes the first of the two DLC missions, entitled 'Crew Expendable'. Taking place moments after the death of Brett, it sees players assuming the role of Ripley, Dallas or Parker, as the crew of the Nostromo attempt to flush the alien from the air vents and into the ship’s airlock. Depending on which character you choose, you’ll have a slightly different perspective on events and will begin with different resources."
The second mission is “available through select retailers depending on territory,” and in it players take on the role of Ripley who “must activate the Nostromo’s self-destruct sequence and reach the Narcissus shuttle in order to escape.”
The game’s creative director Alistair Hope talked about the similarities between the film and the game explaining:
"There’s no point in us trying to match beat-for-beat what occurs in the film. The film is much better at doing that than a game. We came with the approach these guys had a plan to try and take on the alien, to flush it out of an airlock. What else could have happened? … We’ve used those moments to give us some kind of structure; as to what occurs is very much down to the player."
Alien: Isolation will be available on October 7th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
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