Aliens: Dark Descent Gets a Gameplay Trailer and Release Date

Today brings Aliens fans their first look Dark Descent in action, showcasing the real-time squad-based action/strategy, while also delivering a release date!

Since Aliens: Dark Descent was announced during last year’s Summer Game Fest, things have been relatively quiet on the game. Today, however, brings a brand new trailer showing off the gameplay for the first time. I was always intrigued by the idea of a squad-based tactical game set in this world, but seeing how the real-time aspect of it comes into play has me all kinds of excited:

I’m very much digging the gameplay so far. It feels like an interesting mix of XCOM (in terms of tactics, viewpoint, permadeath, and outfitting your squad), but brings in the real-time factor that means you’ll have to be quick on your feet. Combine that with the Aliens lore and a new story…yeah, I’m pretty sold on this one.

In Aliens: Dark Descent, command a squad of hardened Colonial Marines to stop a terrifying Xenomorph outbreak on Moon Lethe. Lead your soldiers in real-time combat against iconic Xenomorphs, rogue operatives from the insatiable Weyland-Yutani Corporation, and a host of horrifying creatures new to the Alien franchise.

You are the commander. They are your weapon.


Infiltrate large open levels and annihilate enemies with your squad, dispatching orders strategically and intuitively at the touch of a button. Tread carefully, as death is permanent and your foes will adapt their tactics to your actions while hunting you down. Forge unique paths for survival, uncovering shortcuts, creating safe zones, and setting up motion trackers in a persistent world where your actions impact levels forever.


Customize your squad with a selection of different classes. Level up and specialize your soldiers with unique abilities and an arsenal of weapons, armor, and perks, for high stakes missions in treacherous territory. Develop your base to research new tech and improve your squad even further.

Thankfully, we now have a release date to look forward to as well. Aliens: Dark Descent will launch on PlayStation 4|5, Xbox Consoles, and PCs on June 20, 2023.

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