Amurri plays a medical student who awakens in a hospital isolation room having been exposed to an unknown disease, desperately ill and with no recollection of how she got there.
Developer Creative Assembly released a fresh batch of screenshots from the newly announced “Alien: Isolation” today, and they do a swell job of driving home just how terrifying its main antagonist — a lone, massive xenomorph — really is. This is one of my most anticipated horror games of 2014, and rightfully so. “Isolation” looks horrifying, and while we already know the xenomorph won’t be the only enemy in the game (it will be the only alien), our encounters with it are undoubtedly going to be pretty memorable.
If the continuous stream of complaints from fans regarding the state of Resident Evil over the past few years hasn’t been enough to motivate Capcom to take a serious look at their flagship franchise, I doubt the steadily growing number of negative comments they’ve been receiving lately from fellow developers will do the trick. Even still, I get a kick out stuff like this.
Alistair Hope, creative director at Alien: Isolation developer Creative Assembly, had plenty to say about the steadily deteriorating state of AAA horror, and specifically Resident Evil and Dead Space, which have each had turns leading the genre’s direction. The former has seen quite a bit of criticism lately from fans, critics, and developers. Even Shinji Mikami — the guy who created the series back in 1998 — said its gradual migration away from horror inspired him to make The Evil Within.
Prior to its official reveal last week, Alien: Isolation was merely a thread of rumors, speculation, and leaked screenshots. Now we know it’s coming, and we’ve been assured that it will bring the series back to its roots in survival horror. Limiting it to a singular, terrifying xenomorph that stalks an unarmed Amanda Ripley throughout an abandoned space ship — like Outlast in outer space — is a solid start, I think.
Following the confirmation that Creative Assembly is indeed the studio making it, I couldn’t help but wonder how this particular studio — known for its portfolio of strategy games — got Sega to greenlight such a project. Find out how they scored a dream gig after the break.
We’ve seen a lot of video games based on the Aliens film franchise, starting with the original Alien that came to the Atari 2600 back in ’82. While I would like to say they have been a mixed bag, I fear that would be far too kind. For the most part, the games have been awful. Like, not even worth a rental, even if you’re a fan of the fiction, like me. Recently, the series has seen a resurgence, yet, somehow, the developers making them have managed to take impressive steps backwards with their recent efforts, which includes the ridiculously unbalanced Alien vs. Predator and the embarrassment that was Aliens: Colonial Marines.
It looks like the next game — and potential disappointment — will follow Ellen Ripley’s daughter. It’s called Alien: Isolation and from what little we’ve seen of it so far, it looks promising. Of course, Colonial Marines looked promising too, and we all know how that turned out.
I’m a glass half full kind of guy, so I’ve decided to embrace — and possibly rekindle — the dying flame of hope I still have in this series by coming up with some ideas that I think could help make this game successful. Check out my list of 5 things I’d like to see from Alien: Isolation after the break!
Making the rounds online is the promo trailer for Boogeyman director Stephen T. Kay’s Isolation.
The film stars Eva Amurri (Susan Sarandon’s daughter) as a medical student who awakens in a hospital isolation room having been exposed to an unknown disease, desperately ill and with no recollection of how she got there.
It was originally pegged as a new spin on the zombie genre, while we’ve confirmed that’s NOT the case at all. In fact, Isolation is a thriller with what we’re told is “a revenge factor.”
David Harbour, Joshua Close, Gregg Henry also star.
It was announced last year that Matty Beckerman’s finance and production shingle Natural Selection (The Experiment) had set helmer Stephen T. Kay to direct horror pic Isolation, which is now in post-production for festival screenings this year. Putting a new spin on the zombie genre, the pic stars Eva Amurri (Californication) and David Harbour (Revolutionary Road). Amurri plays a medical student who awakens in a hospital isolation room having been exposed to an unknown disease, desperately ill and with no recollection of how she got there. Chris Billett has penned the screenplay. Kay directed Cell 213, Boogeyman and is on to direct the 3D thriller The Ushers.