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The next video game in the world of Aliens will star the daughter of superstar space marine Ellen Ripley, according to a Kotaku source.

The game is called Alien: Isolation, and we hear it will be on both current- and next-gen consoles next year. Isolation is developed by the British studio Creative Assembly (Total War); it's a first-person shooter that uses both stealth and horror elements; and it's inspired by games like Dishonored and Bioshock, according to our source, a person familiar with goings-on at Sega, who spoke under condition of anonymity in the interest of protecting their job.

Perhaps most importantly, our source says that Sega took the critical reception to Aliens: Colonial Marines very seriously, and that the publisher put together a postmortem following the near-unanimously negative reactions to their last Aliens game, which was developed by the studios Gearbox and TimeGate. They want to make sure Isolation is a better game, and according to our source, it's already been delayed at least once—Sega originally planned to announce the game at E3 of 2013.P

You, as Amanda, spend most if not all of the game on a single space station, according to our source. There's only one alien for "most" of the game, our source said; you'll mostly be shooting through "clones and soldiers." Vents, lockers, and melee weapons are a big part of Isolation, our source said, and the game is heavily inspired by the first Alien movie.

http://kotaku.com/source-the-next-aliens-game-stars-ellen-ripleys-daugh-1449318113

Ahh. Shooting through clones and soldiers....the highlight of the Alien film franchise.

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So nobody in the Post-Mortem Commissionary picked up that a large chunk of the negative reaction was down to the fact the game PISSED ALL OVER THE ALIENS UNIVERSE AND DISREGARDED ANY SENSE OF CONTINUITY WHATSOEVER?

superstar space marine Ellen Ripley

I'm sorry, the whodjamawhat now?

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According to our source, the protagonist of Alien: Isolation is Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the character that made Sigourney Weaver famous and kicked off the ubiquitous sci-fi franchise over 30 years ago. Amanda, who is mentioned in the special edition of Aliens as having died while Ellen was frozen in space, has not yet been the focus of any books, movies, or games in the Alien extended universe.

Has no one involved taken a shit and mulled over why this might be before wiping their arse?

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It sounds more like Condemned than a typical first-person shooter, which is at least interesting. Not sure why they felt the need to use a relation of Ripley, though.

I'm all for giving Creative Assembly a shot; it's not like we need to worry about them tarnishing the brand.

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Clones of what??

Ripley's dead daughter who turns out to be a super space marine/Mrs Riddick or something.

Only 1 Alien for the most part - stupid if you spend the whole game killing soldiers/clones and the alien is like some Resident Evil super chase you around the game unkillable boss.

Made worse by there obviously shit load of Aliens at the end.

Fuck off.

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Weird as hell. Creative Assembly is an exceptionally odd choice for dev, too. Although I've actually heard some good things about their efforts for alien AI - they've been working on it for about a year at least.

They've built another team for this afaik, it's probably been closer to two years in dev. An ex-colleague is the lead designer on it. Aliens games have been so variable over the years, I hope they turn out a decent one.

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At this stage, the Alien franchise has pretty much been milked dry. And what have we got to show for it? The ratio of shit aliens games to decent aliens games is weighted pretty heavily in the 'utter shit' camp. Just fucking give it up. Before we have to put up with another year or two of some smug shitlord like Randy Bitchford telling us how authentic and RADICAL his new Aliens game is, and how fans are gonna love it because its sooooo authentic yadda yadda

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Next up Nintendogs & Cats with aliens, starring Jones. Choose accessories for Jonesey to wear, the ability to let him train and compete in different challenges and activities, all the while avoiding being snatched and impregnated by biomechanical horrors from beyond the stars.

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Why give this to The Creative Assembly? Surely it's only one step away from giving Sports Interactive a shot!

TCA's one attempt at an action game that I remember, Viking: Battle For Asgard, wasn't exactly great. There's no FPS pedigree at this developer (unless they've been mass-hiring veterans from other studios). This is such a bizarre decision, on the face of it.

I hope this is good, obviously. But it's not exactly an encouraging start.

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Why wouldn't you have TCA make some kind of tense strategy game with this license?

Could be like some sort of UFOs come to earth and you have to...ahhh.

The Rebellion Aliens game wasn't that good either, and wasn't the broken multiplayer never fixed? Trust in Sega then!

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Why give this to The Creative Assembly? Surely it's only one step away from giving Sports Interactive a shot!

TCA's one attempt at an action game that I remember, Viking: Battle For Asgard, wasn't exactly great. There's no FPS pedigree at this developer (unless they've been mass-hiring veterans from other studios). This is such a bizarre decision, on the face of it.

The viking game had grand ideas and then a pretty terrible lead on it, who was unstable and generally not very good to work with. He was a bit of a diva believing his own self made hype and then walked out. So I was told.

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Isn't it much more likely they'll do an Aliens: Colonial Marines, and say BURKE LIED ABOUT RIPLEY'S DAUGHTER, SHE REALLY WENT OUT INTO THE STARS TO FIND HER MUM AND FIGHT ALIENS ala Hicks not being dead in A:CM?

Considering what they've done to the Aliens canon at this point, they might as well say that Aliens are, in fact, evolved humans from the future who've come back to stop themselves existing.

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A Left4Dead clone with aliens might be alright, or something like Splinter Cell/Arkham Asylum's stealth bits - except you play the alien - could be interesting.

Spies vs Mercs, where the Alien plays the spy and the Mercs play... Mercs. :D

Thing is, I don't think the series is particularly suited for a videogame. Maybe some kinda David Cage style interactive thriller, but where the writing isn't shit and you get shooty bits every so often. Telltale could probably do something with it. Generic shooters are a problem, though - that's never what the movies, even Aliens with all its military stuff, were about. It's difficult to build the proper level of tension in an FPS when you're worried that most of your players just want something to shoot, hence the 'clones and soldiers' crap.

A 3-4 hour story-led FPS 'experience', where there's only one Alien and you have to interact with your crew and get off the ship, could be great. But design wise, it would be very different and risky compared to a bog-standard FPS where you shoot a million Aliens. And we all know which game would be greenlit.

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