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Alien: Isolation in Game Republic

Alien: isolation is the cover story of the January issue of the Italian magazine, Game Republic. The 10-page article features new images and details on the game by Sega & Creative Assembly. You can find the scans here. Some bullets from the interview:

  • The expected gameplay length is “more than a dozen hours“.
  • There will be no facehuggers. The Alien is fully grown when Amanda reaches the station.
  • Amanda is the only playable character.
  • Gameplay wise, the game will be the same across all platforms.

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  1. SM
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    The location of the Colony and the Location of the Direlect are pretty distant, if I have my measurements right.

    It was far enough to not have been discovered by accident, but close enough to be destroyed when the AP went up.
  2. UDA
    It has been awhile since I read the second Aliens, but in the book I believe that Burke had all the info from the Nostromo, but had hidden it to turn a profit. How else would Burke of known to send them, and the right place on LV-426. I will give it a try..I have played them all from the first one on the PS1...it will be interesting. Its a first only having one enemy, and having to rely smarts rather than fire power in this type of game. I am looking forward to it.  ;D ;D

    The location of the Colony and the Location of the Direlect are pretty distant, if I have my measurements right.

    Burk didn't have all the info on the Nostromo, it was lost.





  3. klutz2004
    It has been awhile since I read the second Aliens, but in the book I believe that Burke had all the info from the Nostromo, but had hidden it to turn a profit. How else would Burke of known to send them, and the right place on LV-426. I will give it a try..I have played them all from the first one on the PS1...it will be interesting. Its a first only having one enemy, and having to rely smarts rather than fire power in this type of game. I am looking forward to it.  ;D ;D
  4. SM
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    why bother spending time searching for the ship's master recorder, that contains the same data.

    Does it say that they're actively searching for it?

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    Plus if it simply gets ejected in to space and its a simple box with no propulsion or stabilization most likely it would get caught in a gravity field and crash land to some planet just like the EEV from Alien3. 

    After a few millennia perhaps.  But there's no planets or stars near where the Nostromo exploded.
  5. UDA
    The shuttles flight recorder might not even contain all the same information as the black box on board the Nostromo. It could be just for the shuttle, and Ripley was expecting the events at the end of the first film to show the company that there was an alien on board the shuttle, which would lend some credibility to the rest of her story.
  6. ShadowPred
    . So if they have data from the shuttle's recorder, why bother spending time searching for the ship's master recorder, that contains the same data.


    I may have not seen the movie in a while so correct me if I'm wrong here, but I don't think they have the flight recorder until AFTER Ripley gets rescued after 50 some years of sleep. The game takes place in the 15 years after the first movie, not taking place during the same time as ALIENS, or even close to it.


  7. Procurator
    Safe to say based on the Sulaco's EEV flight recorder system all escape vehicles, shuttles etc... have they're own dedicated recorders but the information is shared. So if they have data from the shuttle's recorder, why bother spending time searching for the ship's master recorder, that contains the same data. Plus if it simply gets ejected in to space and its a simple box with no propulsion or stabilization most likely it would get caught in a gravity field and crash land to some planet just like the EEV from Alien3. 
  8. Procurator
    The idea of the black box being jettisoned out of the ship before self destruction sounds logical, like standard protocol to keep some sort of record that might indicate why a ship would be set to self-destruct.  But I can't help but be irked by the question of why it wouldn't be brought up at Ripley's inquiry meeting in Aliens.

    I really hope they do not make a lot of plot holes.  So much potential for a great in-canon storyline, in addition to a great game.

    Really? When was your last viewing of the movie Aliens?

    from the board of inquiry scene:

    -VAN LEUWEN
       The shuttle's flight recorder
       corroborates some elements of
       your account.  That the Nostromo
       set down on LV-426, an unsurveyed
       planet, at that time.  That
       repairs were made.  That it resumed
       its course and was subsequently set
       for self-destruct.  By you.  For
            reasons unknown.
  9. Kimarhi
    The idea of the black box being jettisoned out of the ship before self destruction sounds logical, like standard protocol to keep some sort of record that might indicate why a ship would be set to self-destruct.  But I can't help but be irked by the question of why it wouldn't be brought up at Ripley's inquiry meeting in Aliens.

    I really hope they do not make a lot of plot holes.  So much potential for a great in-canon storyline, in addition to a great game.

    Umm they just did. The content of the black box scroll behind Ripley when she's getting grilled, and the inquest asks her about the context of the actions it recorded.

    Same as the Alien grabs Amanda and then uses a literal AvP2010 growl to threaten her.


    This game won't be any more authentic or true than any of the other SEGA offerings. It will just look much prettier and grittier.

    All respect to Mr. Abnett, his forte is writing about giant aryan ubermensch in giant shoulder pads who shoot all the things and don't not ever lose and stab literal gods themselves in the crotch for great justice in the edgiest egdy grimdarkdarkdark darkness of edgiest grimdarkery made by a company that has a stable of plot so over the top even the creators can't take it seriously with a straight face.

    This game is as fanony as any other SEGA offering, it's just being allowed to be marketed as  self aware, because of length and breadth of the f**kuppery present in their previous catalog.

    Mutherf**king XHANOID!
  10. Xenomorphine
    If the black box was ejected, it would've needed to have been on something with the same kind of speed as the escape shuttle to have got out of range of that massive supernova of an explosion...

    Remember, the movie came out in 1979. The black boxes in planes and whatnot still used magnetic tape until the 90s. The devs of this game stayed true to the tech that was available at the time the movie was made. They made it a point to not use technology in the game that could not have been made in the 70s.

    You know they just meant that in regards to the props, right? They're not literally setting it in the 1970s. ;)
  11. wonkyfunk303
    The idea of the black box being jettisoned out of the ship before self destruction sounds logical, like standard protocol to keep some sort of record that might indicate why a ship would be set to self-destruct.  But I can't help but be irked by the question of why it wouldn't be brought up at Ripley's inquiry meeting in Aliens.

    I really hope they do not make a lot of plot holes.  So much potential for a great in-canon storyline, in addition to a great game.

    Umm they just did. The content of the black box scroll behind Ripley when she's getting grilled, and the inquest asks her about the context of the actions it recorded.

    Same as the Alien grabs Amanda and then uses a literal AvP2010 growl to threaten her.


    This game won't be any more authentic or true than any of the other SEGA offerings. It will just look much prettier and grittier.

    All respect to Mr. Abnett, his forte is writing about giant aryan ubermensch in giant shoulder pads who shoot all the things and don't not ever lose and stab literal gods themselves in the crotch for great justice in the edgiest egdy grimdarkdarkdark darkness of edgiest grimdarkery made by a company that has a stable of plot so over the top even the creators can't take it seriously with a straight face.

    This game is as fanony as any other SEGA offering, it's just being allowed to be marketed as  self aware, because of length and breadth of the f**kuppery present in their previous catalog.

    In the novel of aliens it is referenced that the black box was sabotaged before the inquest.....
  12. Xhan
    The idea of the black box being jettisoned out of the ship before self destruction sounds logical, like standard protocol to keep some sort of record that might indicate why a ship would be set to self-destruct.  But I can't help but be irked by the question of why it wouldn't be brought up at Ripley's inquiry meeting in Aliens.

    I really hope they do not make a lot of plot holes.  So much potential for a great in-canon storyline, in addition to a great game.

    Umm they just did. The content of the black box scroll behind Ripley when she's getting grilled, and the inquest asks her about the context of the actions it recorded.

    Same as the Alien grabs Amanda and then uses a literal AvP2010 growl to threaten her.


    This game won't be any more authentic or true than any of the other SEGA offerings. It will just look much prettier and grittier.

    All respect to Mr. Abnett, his forte is writing about giant aryan ubermensch in giant shoulder pads who shoot all the things and don't not ever lose and stab literal gods themselves in the crotch for great justice in the edgiest egdy grimdarkdarkdark darkness of edgiest grimdarkery made by a company that has a stable of plot so over the top even the creators can't take it seriously with a straight face.

    This game is as fanony as any other SEGA offering, it's just being allowed to be marketed as  self aware, because of length and breadth of the f**kuppery present in their previous catalog.
  13. MrSpaceJockey
    The character uniforms I'm guessing are from the Weyland Yutani crew that Amanda goes with to retrieve the Black Box from whoever salvaged it. Also, if you're wondering about what Seegson is about, they're essentially a wannabe Weyland Yutani. They work with the same types of technology, except that Seegson is not at the same level of quality as Weyland Yutani is. I recall one quote from an article I read yesterday that said something about seeing a synthetic ripped in half, except that it looked more like a mannequin than what Ash (used as an example) looked like. It was then that the article mentioned Seegson.

    Maybe a synthetic like what you describe was the first image that was leaked from this game?

    http://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/CA.jpg

    Interesting stuff though, thanks for telling me what Seegson is.

    EDIT: A quick google search tells me they "specialize" in synthetics?  I hope Hyperdyne gets a mention in terms of robot manufacturers.
  14. ShadowPred
    Easier to just make it a digital black box that sent everything back to the company. No need for an actual black box, I'm guessing by then black box won't even be used


    Remember, the movie came out in 1979. The black boxes in planes and whatnot still used magnetic tape until the 90s. The devs of this game stayed true to the tech that was available at the time the movie was made. They made it a point to not use technology in the game that could not have been made in the 70s.




    The idea of the black box being jettisoned out of the ship before self destruction sounds logical, like standard protocol to keep some sort of record that might indicate why a ship would be set to self-destruct.  But I can't help but be irked by the question of why it wouldn't be brought up at Ripley's inquiry meeting in Aliens.


    Possibly because the thing is never going to get retrieved. In the game Amanda is heading over to the ship or station that has the blackbox. They try to communicate with the crew, but they can't get a response. Shit obviously goes down from what we see, and remember, there's a corporate presence in the background known as Seegson that seems shady as hell to me that is also going to be involved. All in all, it's not hard to imagine the blackbox isn't going to get in the hands of Weyland Yutani.

    Maybe. Really wonder what this Seegson Corporation is all about.  I suppose they could have gotten the black box but the station and character uniforms (we've seen so far) look so blatantly Weyland-Yutani it's hard to say.


    The character uniforms I'm guessing are from the Weyland Yutani crew that Amanda goes with to retrieve the Black Box from whoever salvaged it. Also, if you're wondering about what Seegson is about, they're essentially a wannabe Weyland Yutani. They work with the same types of technology, except that Seegson is not at the same level of quality as Weyland Yutani is. I recall one quote from an article I read yesterday that said something about seeing a synthetic ripped in half, except that it looked more like a mannequin than what Ash (used as an example) looked like. It was then that the article mentioned Seegson.
  15. MrSpaceJockey
    Well there was a physical flight recorder on the Sulaco's EEV in Alien 3. But I suppose it's likely they'll have both a physical black box located on the ship/EEVs in addition to a transmission that would be sent back.  I now recall Bishop's "the company knows everything" line.

    The idea of the black box being jettisoned out of the ship before self destruction sounds logical, like standard protocol to keep some sort of record that might indicate why a ship would be set to self-destruct.  But I can't help but be irked by the question of why it wouldn't be brought up at Ripley's inquiry meeting in Aliens.


    Possibly because the thing is never going to get retrieved. In the game Amanda is heading over to the ship or station that has the blackbox. They try to communicate with the crew, but they can't get a response. Shit obviously goes down from what we see, and remember, there's a corporate presence in the background known as Seegson that seems shady as hell to me that is also going to be involved. All in all, it's not hard to imagine the blackbox isn't going to get in the hands of Weyland Yutani.

    Maybe. Really wonder what this Seegson Corporation is all about.  I suppose they could have gotten the black box but the station and character uniforms (we've seen so far) look so blatantly Weyland-Yutani it's hard to say.
  16. ShadowPred
    The idea of the black box being jettisoned out of the ship before self destruction sounds logical, like standard protocol to keep some sort of record that might indicate why a ship would be set to self-destruct.  But I can't help but be irked by the question of why it wouldn't be brought up at Ripley's inquiry meeting in Aliens.


    Possibly because the thing is never going to get retrieved. In the game Amanda is heading over to the ship or station that has the blackbox. They try to communicate with the crew, but they can't get a response. Shit obviously goes down from what we see, and remember, there's a corporate presence in the background known as Seegson that seems shady as hell to me that is also going to be involved. All in all, it's not hard to imagine the blackbox isn't going to get in the hands of Weyland Yutani.
  17. MrSpaceJockey
    The idea of the black box being jettisoned out of the ship before self destruction sounds logical, like standard protocol to keep some sort of record that might indicate why a ship would be set to self-destruct.  But I can't help but be irked by the question of why it wouldn't be brought up at Ripley's inquiry meeting in Aliens.

    I really hope they do not make a lot of plot holes.  So much potential for a great in-canon storyline, in addition to a great game.
  18. P.B.
    Will be interesting to see how they will stretch avoiding one alien for 12 hours... I guess you'll be fighting/running from androids and company men; looking for clues, getting lost, looking for a map etc... I wish they would change their mind about Ripley's daughter... so lame.

    TBH game sounds boring but it seems to be going in a better direction than ACM... but what wouldn't?
  19. newbeing
    Kind of disappointed that we won't see the lifecycle play out in some manner, but I'm assuming we as players are going to find out who birthed the alien and how it got on board. Might be a better way of going about it than actually seeing it happen, as we have numerous times and it will add some mystery to those who are not familiar with the franchise.
  20. ikarop
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