Sega is ramping up the fear factor with its latest promo for the
upcoming Alien: Isolation, a two-minute slice of
space-bound horror that evokes the tense, helpless environment of
Ridley Scott’s 1979 original movie.
Like the game itself, the ad keeps in line with the
retro-futurism of the classic film. It evokes the same technology
envisioned as futuristic back when the film was made, opening with
a flickering screen of faded, worn VHS. Amanda Ripley’s voice
crackles in, recording her distress beacon. Lost and alone on the
station, searching for clues to her mother Ellen’s disappearance,
she finds she’s little more than prey for a single, monstrous
It’s a brilliantly edited piece, with Andrea Deck’s
imbuing her performance as Ripley Jr with the right mix of fear,
desperation, and determination. In both acting and scene setting,
it bodes well for developer Creative Assembly’s sci-fi survival
horror. Written by Dan Abnett, Isolationtakes place while
Ellen Ripley is in stasis following her escape from the Nostromo at
the end of the film.
Having played the VR test build, we can safely say it’s one of the
scariest games in years, and although the version released to
retail on 7 October will only be for consoles and PC, hopefully it
will prove similarly terrifying.
Alien Isolation will also reunite much of the cast from the 1979 film, including
Sigourney Weaver returning to the role of Ripley for the first time
in nearly two decades.