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Alien: Isolation will bring sci-fi horror to Xbox One and 360 in October

Last month, our own John Callaham posted his ten most anticipated Xbox One games for the fall and Holiday seasons. On that list was a little game called Alien: Isolation from SEGA and The Creative Assembly. You might see the name "Alien" and dismiss the game as another uninspired licensed game, but you'd be wrong to do so. Alien: Isolation looks like it will be not only the best-ever adaptation of the Alien universe, but also a standout horror game.

This week Alien: Isolation has gone gold, which means that the game is complete and ready to be pressed to disc. To celebrate, SEGA has released the first in a new series of trailers. Give it a watch and read our full preview to learn just how horrifying Isolation will be when it arrives on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and other platforms next month.

Beware the alien

Alien: Isolation is closely inspired by the original Ridley Scott Alien film – you know, back when Ridley made coherent films with believable characters. I think his later films have been affected by his years-long war against Samus Aran, but that's another story. Point is, this game stars only one alien instead of a bunch like all of the sequel films and previous game adaptations.

Players will take on the role of original Alien protagonist Ellen Ripley's daughter Amanda as she investigates the disappearance of her mother. Ripley's daughrer was mentioned in a deleted scene from Aliens, which James Cameron later reintegrated in the film's Director's Cut. Unfortunately for Amanda, the space station she is sent to investigate has already become infested by a deadly alien xenomorph.

Alien Isolation Xbox preview

Past Alien(s) games have featured the series' signature xenomorphs, but never the original film's tone. Alien: Isolation isn't a run-and-fun shooter. In fact, shooting the alien to death won't be an option. Instead, Amanda will have to avoid it at all costs if she hopes to survive.

The lone, undeterrable alien will hunt the protagonist and her fellow NPCs by sight, sound, and smell. Amanda will have to crouch, hide, and sneak around through the space station. She can even hold her breath when the alien gets too close. If she runs, she'll just make noise for the alien to hear. Likewise, her flashlight and motion tracker can alert the alien, and will have to be used sparingly.

Alien Isolation Xbox preview

The game will feature more signature Alien touches such as an android crewmate. Just like Ash, the android from the first movie, the android in Isolation will behave a little off and strangely. He won't go dropping black goo in anybody's eye for practically no reason, but he'll still be quirky and possibly dangerous. Who knows, Amanda might even have to deal with the android and alien at the same time.

It will take not only stealth, but also plenty of scavenging for resources, crafting, and improvisation to make it through Alien: Isolation in one piece. Even if the gun you scavenge can't kill the alien, it might distract it long enough to escape.

Alien Isolation Ripley preorder

Revisit some old (and mostly departed) friends by preordering

Preorder to receive the bonus "Crew Expendable" mission, which takes place during the original Alien film and reunites the film's cast for the first time – including Sigourney Weaver. If you preorder from GameStop (opens in new tab) (or GAME in the UK), you'll also get the "Last Survivor" mission which focuses solely on Sigourney's character as she attempts to reach the escape shuttle at the end of the first Alien.

Both bonus missions will be released as paid DLC down the line, but dedicated Alien fans who preorder won't have to wait… or pay extra.

Alien: Isolation looks to be an extremely atmospheric (and scary) game. We'll find out for ourselves soon! The game comes to Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and 4, and PC on Tuesday, October 7.

  • Alien: Isolation – Xbox One – $59.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)
  • Alien: Isolation – Xbox 360 – $49.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

31 Comments
  • No love for Windows Phone? I mean come on.... I can't afford to buy a gaming console here
  • A bit hard to achieve the same horror experience on a phone ...
  • Roflcopter
  • It features an Android. Do you really want a quirky Android on your Windows Phone?
  • Can't wait for the game. Your not-so-subtle jabs at Prometheus only told me you didn't pay very much attention at all to comprehend. But that's ok, today's audiences like everything spoonfed.
  • Yeah I can tell he didn't get a lot of things from Prometheus lol. I personally loved the movie
  • No matter how many nods Prometheus had towards the alien franchise, it definitely did fall short of expectations and had many scenes that didn't make any sense.
  • No, Prometheus has a truly incoherent script and awful characters. Damon Lindelof is possibly the worst scriptwriter in Hollywood, right next to Orci and Kurtzman. There are volumes of film criticism taking that movie apart, because it doesn't hold up to scrutiny. You're feel free to enjoy it though - nobody says you have to agree with critics or care about story coherence.
  • I must play this at 2 in the morning when i'm all alone!!!! :P
  • Same here.. Been waiting for a long time to play an actually scary game. This could finally be it! Don't fail me now, CA and SEGA!
  • I can't wait for the game. A little worried if the final reviews will stand up to what they've show us so far. The last Aliens game was a disaster. Personally, I'll be playing this on PC and hopefully in the next 4-6 months with Oculus' consumer release goggles!!
  • We'll see how this compares to Amnesia and Outlast
  • Would buy an Xbox one just to play this.
  • Holy crap is looks good
    Only if they made Colonial Marines like this
  • Them Alien creature things gimme the creeps!
  • Can't wait for PC version, I'm pre-purchasing on Steam. Colonial Marines almost destroyed my faith in Aliens franchise but hopefully they don't do a half assed job with this
  • y is everyy game excluding the PC?
  • It's coming out for PC too...
  • Awesome
  • Wish deep space was on xbox one? Damn scary game.
  • It look really good. I usually hate FP games. But I might give it a go.
  • Saw this at PAX. It looks pretty cool.
  • Getting this on pc as well, can't wait.
  • Gotta give a nod for the Samus Aran
    reference
  • "I think his later films have been affected by his years long war against Samus Aran, but that's another story." Are you saying you think that Metroid influenced Ridley Scott's direction in movie making?  Elaborate?
  • A recurring boss in the Metroid games is named Ridley.
  • Cannot wait for this game. Will be buying with my Xbox one next month.
  • I really want to play this, but I just can't afford another full price game. =/
  • Creepy dont watch that trailer in the dark.
  • Wow!!! I saw the gameplay on YouTube. OMG!!! Scary!
  • I hope this game is good. The last couple Alien games they released looked good and had a lot of potential but always fell a little short.