[Editor’s Update: We received a message from the devs emphasizing that Blackout is NOT a sequel to Alien: Isolation as we originally reported here. While it features Amanda Ripley back in action, it is a standalone title and, “not related to or a sequel of Isolation.”
The original article is below, which still has accurate screens and the first trailer.]
Fans have been buzzing about Alien: Blackout since word of it first leaked out last year. While many expected it to debut at The Game Awards, today brings forth our first official information on the game. While it IS a sequel to the highly acclaimed Alien: Isolation (as rumors suggested), it turns out that Blackout is a mobile game…
You’re still in charge of Amanda Ripley, who once again finds herself stranded on a drifting Weyland vessel and trying to survive a merciless Xenomorph. The game’s developer, D3 Go! (who previously created Marvel Puzzle Quest and Magic the Gathering Puzzle Quest) describes the basics of the game’s story:
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.
The basic description of the game here doesn’t sound all that dissimilar to Isolation’s plot. In fact, it sounds almost exactly the same, except we’re on a new ship and only have a handful of missions to get through with mobile controls to deal with. While mobile games have certainly come a long way and many provide some excellent gaming experiences, I don’t think this is the Alien: Isolation sequel fans were hoping for.
There’s no release date for Alien: Blackout just yet, but the devs say it will arrive on iOS and Android devices “very soon.” What do you think about Alien: Blackout so far? Will you be playing this on your phone when it drops?