Love it, hate it – there’s no denying that Alien has made its mark as a movie cult classic in the industry. First released in 1979, the critically-acclaimed film has since gone on to savour a hitherto successful run, with a slew of media franchise under its belt.
In 2017, the series enjoyed a brief revival with Alien Covenant, but word has remained quiet on the gaming front after Alien: Isolation four years back.
Now, the sci-fi title is reportedly revisiting the scene with a work-in-progress game set to be developed by FoxNext’s Cold Iron Studios. And no, it’s not Alien: Isolation 2, unfortunately.
As a relatively new name in the market, it’s understandable that some fans may fret over the change in developer (Alien: Isolation was spearheaded by Creative Assembly, after all). But with some of the greatest minds – whose portfolio includes BioShock Infinite, Borderlands, and Metroid Prime – working on the project, their worries can be laid to rest.
Information about the studio’s first game remains on the hush-hush, and while it’s described as a “shooter for PC and consoles set in the cinematic universe of the Alien franchise,” there’s no word on a release window, or the platform for launch.
According to CEO and founder of Cold Iron Studios, Crag Zinkievich, more details seem to be on the horizon:
“We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe. Our background in building online worlds and taking established franchises to the next level in interactive entertainment is a precise fit with our product road map ahead; we can’t wait to share more information soon.”
It’d be interesting to see how the studio will be able to incorporate the long history of the Alien series into the already well-worn shooter genre to deliver a quality gaming experience for fans. Perhaps they could take a leaf out of Alien: Isolation and maintain a certain level of horror, while swapping out the stealth element for more blood-pumping action.
Huge expectations are certainly riding on this one.
Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.