The Amanda Ripley-Starring 'Alien: Blackout' Has Been Officially Announced For Mobiles
Update: we now know that the teased game is Alien: Blackout, and it's set to release for mobiles only.
As reported by Variety, the survival-horror title is being developed by FoxNext Games, D3 Go!, and Rival Games. The player controls Amanda Ripley as she guides crew members to safety on a xenomorph-overrun space station, using cameras, a holographic map, and the Alien series' famous motion tracker. It's set to release via the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore, with its launch date TBC.
Says D3's official blurb on the game:
"The terror of Alien is brought to life in Alien: Blackout. Try to stay alive while trapped aboard a crippled Weyland-Yutani space station carrying a deadly Xenomorph as it tirelessly hunts you and the crew. Outsmart the perfect hunter by making perilous choices. Players must rely on the damaged controls of the space station or risk sacrificing crew members to avoid deadly contact, permanently altering the outcome of the game.
"Survive seven fear-inducing levels by remotely guiding Amanda Ripley's crew through increasingly challenging tasks using only the station's emergency systems. The uncertainty and unpredictability of both the alien and her crew can impose total defeat for Amanda and the entire station."
Check out new screens of Alien: Blackout, below.
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Over the weekend, the official Alien Twitter account teased what seems to be a new video game in the classic horror franchise.
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"Daughter. Rebel. Hero. Her story deserves to be told," says the initial post. Complementing it is a number of hashtags and a video, questioning "Who is Amanda Ripley?", which shows off a uniform bearing the character's name.
Amanda is the player-controlled protagonist of 2014's pants-soakingly brilliant Alien: Isolation. She's the daughter of Ellen Ripley, iconic hero of the first four Alien movies (we're counting Alien Resurrection's Ripley clone), and made her one film appearance in the extended director's cut version of 1986's Aliens, albeit only in a photograph.
The page followed up with another video, somewhat explaining the project's story arc, its place in the Alien series, and the cause of Amanda's quest.
It shows footage from 1979's Alien film, stating how the original Nostromo crew left a "secret" when they "vanished". Its caption says: "40 years ago, the Nostromo disappeared... In 2019, Amanda Ripley will uncover the secrets it left behind - no matter what."
Both clips were also hashtagged "ReadWatchPlay," suggesting a whole new era of Alien projects - from comics, to video games, to movies potentially - are in the works.
Prior to The Game Awards 2018, a new release called Alien: Blackout was teased on social media. But, surprisingly, the mysterious project didn't make an appearance at the annual ceremony, and is still under wraps.
Whether or not this new Amanda-focused game (assuming there even is a game!) is Blackout remains to be seen. But all should be revealed in the coming weeks. Both tweets noted that more information will be "coming soon".
What do you think about this news? Would you like an Isolation sequel? Something else, perhaps? Is Amanda the right protagonist for the Alien series? Let us know.
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