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Alien Isolation 2 Seems Unlikely Says Creative Assembly

It seems even more unlikely that we’ll be getting a sequel to Alien Isolation any time soon. Back in May 2015, we heard that Alien Isolation had shifted 2.11 million copies in North America and Europe and Sega was reportedly disappointed with the sales performance. In a new interview with GameIndustry.biz, Creative Assembly’s studio director, Tim Heaton, discussed taking on Microsoft’s new Halo Wars game and the subject of Alien Isolation 2 popped up. Heaton explained a sequel is not out of the question but again, laments the so-so sales figures and says it would be hard to make a profit out of a sequel.

“2.1 million sales? It just didn’t break out…, Am I happy about that? I’m not happy about that, right. I think it did under-index in America. I think the genre just didn’t shine with an audience that would let us break out. 2 million is fine, right – let’s be clear – but we were unsure right till the very end about whether we would hit that break out space or not. Making a AAA console game is bloody hard. We absolutely sweated blood for that game, we came through, and felt really happy at the end of it. Alien: Isolation 2 is not out of the question, because we’re so proud of it and there’s possibly more to be said. But do we really want to be spending very significant amounts of money, and getting close to break-even or just about in the black? That’s not where Sega wants to be, when we have a brilliant portfolio of other games that do great business.”

alien-isolation Alien Isolation 2 Seems Unlikely Says Creative Assembly

Well, it’s a damn shame if I say so myself. Alien Isolation had a positive reception from critics and an amazing reception from fans. I consider it to be the best game that has ever come out of these franchises and it still sold more than Aliens Colonial Marines and around the same, if not more, than Aliens vs Predator. The fundamental problem with Alien/AvP is they’re not the type of games that are going to sell millions of copies à la Call of Duty. Alien is very much a niche genre and is generally for fans of the movies. But alas it will be a long time before we see any new Alien games.

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  1. THE CITY HUNTER
    Jeeze, I'm so slow with these kind of things.  :-\
    I knew I was forgetting something, I was intending to post this up for you guys a couple days back before putting it up on GAvP.

    Don't hold out on hope just yet:
    www.globalavp.com/alien-isolation-2-not-out-of-the-question


    The 2 million in sales isn't enough considering how much was invested in the license. Alien Isolation is a credible game but isn't one that would be considered a classic through general consensus. Its style and presentation is essentially found in other popular survival horror games and it was riding fresh off with spoiled integrity from Sega's lackluster previous installments.

    Another thing I would like to address; for those of you who are throwing around the Call of Duty references, it's rather unfair to dismiss an entire company as being greedy when they aren't impressed with what is evidently a low amount.
    A figure which is at 2 million sitting next to one that is 175 million is definitely disheartening, including at the rate certain titles sell in this decade (Some titles will break 1 million within the first day).
    That is true what was that game were you are in the aslum.
    My goodness, I am so sorry with my delayed response CITY HUNTER. I believe the game you are referring to is Outlast which was a successful approach to the neo-survival-horror genre.
    Ah yes that was it thanks!i would not mind an AVP isolation game.
  2. Samus007
    Jeeze, I'm so slow with these kind of things.  :-\
    I knew I was forgetting something, I was intending to post this up for you guys a couple days back before putting it up on GAvP.

    Don't hold out on hope just yet:
    www.globalavp.com/alien-isolation-2-not-out-of-the-question


    The 2 million in sales isn't enough considering how much was invested in the license. Alien Isolation is a credible game but isn't one that would be considered a classic through general consensus. Its style and presentation is essentially found in other popular survival horror games and it was riding fresh off with spoiled integrity from Sega's lackluster previous installments.

    Another thing I would like to address; for those of you who are throwing around the Call of Duty references, it's rather unfair to dismiss an entire company as being greedy when they aren't impressed with what is evidently a low amount.
    A figure which is at 2 million sitting next to one that is 175 million is definitely disheartening, including at the rate certain titles sell in this decade (Some titles will break 1 million within the first day).
    That is true what was that game were you are in the aslum.
    My goodness, I am so sorry with my delayed response CITY HUNTER. I believe the game you are referring to is Outlast which was a successful approach to the neo-survival-horror genre.

    Nice to always have a little bit of hope. I'll keep my fingers crossed it happens.
  3. System Apollo
    Jeeze, I'm so slow with these kind of things.  :-\
    I knew I was forgetting something, I was intending to post this up for you guys a couple days back before putting it up on GAvP.

    Don't hold out on hope just yet:
    http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/sega-is-not-ruling-out-alien-isolation-2-yet/


    The 2 million in sales isn't enough considering how much was invested in the license. Alien Isolation is a credible game but isn't one that would be considered a classic through general consensus. Its style and presentation is essentially found in other popular survival horror games and it was riding fresh off with spoiled integrity from Sega's lackluster previous installments.

    Another thing I would like to address; for those of you who are throwing around the Call of Duty references, it's rather unfair to dismiss an entire company as being greedy when they aren't impressed with what is evidently a low amount.
    A figure which is at 2 million sitting next to one that is 175 million is definitely disheartening, including at the rate certain titles sell in this decade (Some titles will break 1 million within the first day).
    That is true what was that game were you are in the aslum.
    My goodness, I am so sorry with my delayed response CITY HUNTER. I believe the game you are referring to is Outlast which was a successful approach to the neo-survival-horror genre.
  4. razeak
    Xenomorphine, to clarify my statement a little more:

    A lot of publishers jump on movie licenses and such and I would be very surprised if projections for sales on an A:I2 that coincides with or follows a major theatrical release wouldn't surpass what the sales were for the original just based on that theatrical release alone. I just didn't expand enough in my post. On the cost side, if they use the same engine and a lot of the same material a lot of the costs is already covered and it probably would cost substantially less than A:I to produce. As you said, whether that projection would still put them in the red or not is the real question and I agree 100%.
  5. THE CITY HUNTER
    The 2 million in sales isn't enough considering how much was invested in the license. Alien Isolation is a credible game but isn't one that would be considered a classic through general consensus. Its style and presentation is essentially found in other popular survival horror games and it was riding fresh off with spoiled integrity from Sega's lackluster previous installments.

    Another thing I would like to address; for those of you who are throwing around the Call of Duty references, it's rather unfair to dismiss an entire company as being greedy when they aren't impressed with what is evidently a low amount.
    A figure which is at 2 million sitting next to one that is 175 million is definitely disheartening, including at the rate certain titles sell in this decade (Some titles will break 1 million within the first day).
    That is true what was that game were you are in the aslum.
  6. Ulfer
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    but isn't one that would be considered a classic through general consensus

    That's not really the matter, I think. For me, AI is a great game and it could clearly become a classic in its category. But its genre is a bit of a niche genre. Comparisons are a bit risquy in this domain and the studios must take that into account, including when they consider the sales (you must compare what is in the same category). Of course, the company can decide to invest on games with more appeal for a much greater audience, but it will lose the gamers and players that like games that are different and match their specific expectations.
    With a successor to AI, there could be clever ways to broaden (a least a bit) the audience, I think, without losing the original appeal.
  7. NickisSmart
    Calling something a classic in general consensus right off the bat (within the first couple years of release) isn't always a good thing. Or rather, it isn't a guarantee of anything. Blade Runner bombed in the box office and critics didn't really like it. Finding the diamond in the rough usually requires introspection.
  8. System Apollo
     The 2 million in sales isn't enough considering how much was invested in the license. Alien Isolation is a credible game but isn't one that would be considered a classic through general consensus. Its style and presentation is essentially found in other popular survival horror games and it was riding fresh off with spoiled integrity from Sega's lackluster previous installments.

    Another thing I would like to address; for those of you who are throwing around the Call of Duty references, it's rather unfair to dismiss an entire company as being greedy when they aren't impressed with what is evidently a low amount.
    A figure which is at 2 million sitting next to one that is 175 million is definitely disheartening, including at the rate certain titles sell in this decade (Some titles will break 1 million within the first day).
  9. THE CITY HUNTER
    So 2 million is bad for a Alien game? I still have yet to play game due to being busy with other things. I hate how every game company feels like that everything needs to sell as big as COD or Halo. You don't see Hollywood doing the same for movies. I doubt the people at Hollywood was hoping for The Visit to out gross The Avengers.
    Say that to a money corporation that cares only about the bucks
  10. Hellspawn28
    So 2 million is bad for a Alien game? I still have yet to play game due to being busy with other things. I hate how every game company feels like that everything needs to sell as big as COD or Halo. You don't see Hollywood doing the same for movies. I doubt the people at Hollywood was hoping for The Visit to out gross The Avengers.
  11. Vertigo
    Am I the only person who liked the android section? I appreciated a break from the torment of alien-induced perma-tension. Maybe the section's better at low difficulty levels.
  12. newbeing
    It's definitely a cliffhanger ending. Everything about that ending is a setup to continue Amanda's story and answer major questions that were left unresolved when the credits started to roll.

    It's definitely setup for more. But I found it only slightly more a cliffhanger than Alien because she was in a spacesuit (more limited than an EEV) and we saw her imminent rescue. I can't say I felt any significant story threads were left hanging though. What are you referring to?

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    Not to mention it leaves a big gaping hole between that point in the story and her supposed fate explained in Aliens.

    That would have happened regardless. Unless they went from the end to her on her deathbed saying "boy, I'm glad nothing else ever happened after Sevestapol".

    It's also just a very poor ending. Not that everything needed to be tied up in a little bow by the end of the game, but some resolution for that character would have been nice.

    She received her resolution. She found out what happened to her mother (the whole point of the game) and she survived the Alien. Granted we don't know who picks her up - but she achieved those very 2 things the game's narrative was built around. The cliffhanger ending nearly parallels Alien IMHO.

    ***SPOILERS***


    Do we know who picked her up or if she was even picked up? Do we know who the survived on the Torrens? Was the Alien even sucked out with her or did she just escape it's grip by ejecting herself? None of these questions are answered. It's all just assumed. And I don't mind endings that leave somethings up the viewers imagination, a good example being Ripley at the end of Alien. Ripley defeats the Alien, fills the audience in to what may or may not happen, goes to sleep and (depending on whether or not you know of the sequels) leaves it up the view to make up what happen next.
    Alien Isolation just leaves way too much open with a climax that never sees any resolution, good or bad. That's just poor storytelling. Amanda finding out what happened to her mother, really only plays as a B plot, and is used as a reason for getting her there. As soon as the Alien shows up, she could give two flying f**ks about finding more info about her mother, which to their credit is reasonable. By the end of the game the player wants to know, how is Amanda going to get out of this? The answer is apparently a big "shrug".

    Also when I say resolution and spanning the gap between this game and ALIENS, I don't mean explaining every detail of her life after A:I or even having her rescued and one of her rescuers being McClaren (oof that would be a bad ending). What I mean is showing how the character has been affected by this ordeal after the crisis has subsided and how the character moves on from that point. Instead Amanda is left hanging waiting for some other story element to happen.

    I can get why people might like this ending. It does have some poetic meaning behind it. The idea that, much like her mother, Amanda has encountered this thing and is never going to be safe from it or that sometimes all you can do is escape from a crisis. However I feel like that could have been extrapolated to a longer ending. The ending we got felt like they were either trying to be too clever or they just ran out of time and were praying that they'd get a sequel.



  13. Corporal Hicks
    It's definitely a cliffhanger ending. Everything about that ending is a setup to continue Amanda's story and answer major questions that were left unresolved when the credits started to roll.

    It's definitely setup for more. But I found it only slightly more a cliffhanger than Alien because she was in a spacesuit (more limited than an EEV) and we saw her imminent rescue. I can't say I felt any significant story threads were left hanging though. What are you referring to?

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    Not to mention it leaves a big gaping hole between that point in the story and her supposed fate explained in Aliens.

    That would have happened regardless. Unless they went from the end to her on her deathbed saying "boy, I'm glad nothing else ever happened after Sevestapol".

    It's also just a very poor ending. Not that everything needed to be tied up in a little bow by the end of the game, but some resolution for that character would have been nice.

    She received her resolution. She found out what happened to her mother (the whole point of the game) and she survived the Alien. Granted we don't know who picks her up - but she achieved those very 2 things the game's narrative was built around. The cliffhanger ending nearly parallels Alien IMHO.
  14. newbeing
    It's definitely a cliffhanger ending. Everything about that ending is a setup to continue Amanda's story and answer major questions that were left unresolved when the credits started to roll. Not to mention it leaves a big gaping hole between that point in the story and her supposed fate explained in Aliens.

    It was the equivalent of Marty McFly getting trapped in the 50's at the end of Back to the Future II. Alien Isolation just didn't bother to have a big TO BE CONTINUED.

    It's also just a very poor ending. Not that everything needed to be tied up in a little bow by the end of the game, but some resolution for that character would have been nice.
  15. Corporal Hicks
    It was slightly more of a cliff-hanger than how Alien end.

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    But I agree - if we can't have another game, I'd like to see her story finished in some other form. I actually really got into Amanda as a character.
  16. Ropley
    That's the thing about Isolation it ends on ends on a sequel hook but there's no sequel maybe they could make a comic or Fox could make a mini series with the Isolation plot.

    Now Isolation wasn't perfect I didn't like the last part of the game that shifted from Horror to action but it's the best thing the franchises has made in over 20 years excluding the recent Alien books for last year.
  17. THE CITY HUNTER
    This is heartbreaking news. I really really loved Isolation. I have played thru it several times on 3 different difficulties. I was really looking forward to seeing where Amanda's story went via Creative Assembly's control. I know that there is always hope that one day, X amount of years from now, we might get a sequel. But if it never happens, I hope to see maybe Dark Horse comics, or a Novel, pick up where her story left off at the end of Isolation and continue on. What ship came by and picked her up? How and when does she meet McClaren? What's he like? Does she really end up dying of cancer or was Burke full of BS? #AmandaLivesOn
    Someone has a thing for Amanda
  18. Ulfer
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    A cliffhanger doesn't necessarily involve death
    Of course. But there were not real stakes for me here and I agree with Mr. Clemens. I see a difference between a cliffhanger and a somewhat open ending. In the absolute there could be material for stories about Amanda (would she keep silent about those events so as to not be pursued by the company ? Or would she try to do something ?) but that would not be in Alien Isolation 2 or a "spiritual successor" (hum, I don't know if this expression works in English). I mean : I would not care if there was a story-DLC that would give us the ability to play Amanda while she would confront aliens in the spaceship whose light is glimpsed at the end of the game, and/or androids coming there to erase the traces. That would just be an extension of the same story for the sake of gaming. But for another complete game, it would not work for me. Amanda has got her answers.

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    You're certainly not alone there, man.
    ;)
  19. CelticPred97
    "Is it an actual cliffhanger ? Not really, if you follow what is said in Aliens, Amanda's future from there is clear. ;)"

    - It's still a cliffhanger. A cliffhanger doesn't necessarily involve death.
  20. Mr. Clemens
    It's different with videogames since it's another experience. Of course, I'd still expect originality from an "Alien Isolation 2" kind of game, but not of the same kind than the originality I expect from the future movies. But I assume that my position is not really shared by many "fans" here. I'm quite cautious about the "Alien 5" project about these matters and concerning other franchises, Star Wars for example, I've a similar opinion : to sum it up, the problem is that what the fans want can often be the reverse of what the new movie would need to be really original or even better.

    You're certainly not alone there, man. Opening up the franchise and charting new territory are exactly what's needed in a sequel. If Blomkamp's film is just Rip n' Hicks blasting aliens and then blasting some newer, bigger, BADDER alien, then I'll be sorely disappointed. Save that type of thing for the fan films.

    As far as a proposed Alien Isolation 2 might go, please, for the love of god, don't throw the 'McLaren' character in there. Is it too much to ask that Amanda simply eventually survived her ordeal, met a nice chap, and married him??
  21. Ulfer
    Is it an actual cliffhanger ? Not really, if you follow what is said in Aliens, Amanda's future from there is clear. ;)
    Actually, if Alien Isolation 2 is done, it would not be very interesting to have Amanda as the main character or as a character. Amanda's interesting story is complete : she has discovered what happened to her mother and has confronted the same monster (amongst other things).

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    The game did precisely that and it's got the fanbase craving more. Ergo, movies.
    As an Alien-enthusiastic, I'd be glad if Alien Isolation had successors and I speak of games. Since they're going to do another Alien movie, I'm curious to see how it turns out (and hoping it will be at least good). But frankly, I'm much more interested with movies that would deepen the Alien universe (maybe Alien : Paradise Lost can get things back on track on this matter, despite the failings of Prometheus), give a sense of wonder and horror but with other things that the good old xeno, than by movies that would feel like unsubtle variations of the preexisting movies and of the same creature.

    It's different with videogames since it's another experience. Of course, I'd still expect originality from an "Alien Isolation 2" kind of game, but not of the same kind than the originality I expect from the future movies. But I assume that my position is not really shared by many "fans" here. I'm quite cautious about the "Alien 5" project about these matters and concerning other franchises, Star Wars for example, I've a similar opinion : to sum it up, the problem is that what the fans want can often be the reverse of what the new movie would need to be really original or even better.
  22. THE CITY HUNTER
    Surely on the heels of a positive reception and two upcoming films there would be heightened interest.
    If nothing else, the game heightens the interest for the real money making: the films. And arguably, with the 35th anniversary now behind us (with quite an impressive lineup of merch and commemorative events), the series is aiming to go back to the original film, it's lore and atmosphere. The game did precisely that and it's got the fanbase craving more. Ergo, movies. Look for a sequel in about a decade.
    Maybe after 2015
  23. PRJ_since1990
    Surely on the heels of a positive reception and two upcoming films there would be heightened interest.
    If nothing else, the game heightens the interest for the real money making: the films. And arguably, with the 35th anniversary now behind us (with quite an impressive lineup of merch and commemorative events), the series is aiming to go back to the original film, it's lore and atmosphere. The game did precisely that and it's got the fanbase craving more. Ergo, movies. Look for a sequel in about a decade.
  24. Bio Mech Hunter
    It's criminal the best Alien game we've had didn't sell nearly as well as it should've. Isolation was incredible and I absolutely LOVED it. Such a shame...

    Well, what are the odds of Creative Assembly re-making Colonial Marines? hehe
  25. Perfect-Organism
    Yes it is sad.

    Looking forward, I expect that the new Alien films will generate some sort of video game.  I mean Prometheus certainly couldn't inspire a video game.  What would it be?  An engineer throwing ampules of black goo at you?  Or maybe you're chased by the snake thing in the pyramid?  Perhaps the deacon is after you?  (well that could almost be cool)

    Anyway, one could hope that the new films will create something more video game friendly.  If we do end up going to the homeworld, who knows what sorts of oddities will be discovered there?  It could be good....  or it might not..
  26. USG Ishimura
    I think if I wanted to play an AVP game, I'd do just that...if I wanted to play a multiplayer game, I'd do that too. The guys at Creative Assembly wee focused on the kind of game they wanted to do and what they wanted to achieve with it - a single-player game told through one character - and I appreciate the game for what it is.

    As far as Tim Heaton goes, no idea who he is. I enjoyed listening to Al Hope, Gary Napper and Clive Lindop on the games release and their enthusiasm for the game and how they approached it. I have a lot of respect for the Creative Assembly crew - they've captured the aesthetic and universe perfectly as far as I'm concerned.

    And that's why this news is such a disappointment. I didn't really think much of Heaton's comments - especially with more movies on the horizon.
  27. Ulfer
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    Gamers generally like feeling empowered, not hunted down and victimised, precisely because it's an experience.

    It's not that simple. Take Dying Light for example : the game is really great between the moment when you're a low-level player exposed to high-level zombies, and the moment when you're just high-level enough to confront the high-level zombies, which makes for a good fight. Once you reach the highest levels of skills and competences, the game can become really dull, because there is no real challenge. It can be fun to be able to destroy a horde of 100 zombies in a row without serious difficulty, but the interest gets lower and lower, and actually you remember that you can have more fun doing the same thing with Serious Sam. For me at least, the best memories I have of Dying Light is when I was hunted down in the night by creatures that posed a serious and even sometimes impossible challenge.
    In Alien Isolation the frustration itself was kind of new for me, a new experience, and I felt conversely more gratification when I had managed to outsmart a bit the alien. But so to say, I was more frustrated by the fact that many lockers looked exactly the same, than by my numerous deaths at the hands of the xeno.  ;) (Of course I'm well aware of the amount of work required to produce a single locker, the animations and the scripts linked to it etc.).
  28. Samus007
    This is heartbreaking news. I really really loved Isolation. I have played thru it several times on 3 different difficulties. I was really looking forward to seeing where Amanda's story went via Creative Assembly's control. I know that there is always hope that one day, X amount of years from now, we might get a sequel. But if it never happens, I hope to see maybe Dark Horse comics, or a Novel, pick up where her story left off at the end of Isolation and continue on. What ship came by and picked her up? How and when does she meet McClaren? What's he like? Does she really end up dying of cancer or was Burke full of BS? #AmandaLivesOn
  29. Xenomorphine
    You can't build a story like this with half of it as Amanda and half as the alien. The alien can't die for starters. The gameplay mechanics would be completely different. If they'd have included a couple of chapters of it, I'd guarantee reviewers would be bitching that it was out of place. Sure, I guess DLC was possible but you're still talking about changing the whole gameplay. I must admit I was expecting story DLC from a different characters point of view. It was sadly a missed opportunity.

    See, that's where we disagree. The Alien could die within its own campaign, just like Amanda could die (the story ultimately requires her to survive, but she can die if you don't succeed).

    It's not an AVP title, no, but the AVP games demonstrated a multi-species campaign template is perfectly viable.

    It wouldn't even have to be the same story. It could be the same situation as a 'what if'. I remember the 'Force Unleashed' games had alternative playable endings, which is the same thing.

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    You're not completely hounded by the alien all the time. There's plenty of long moments where it doesn't appear at all. They do mix things up with the androids and eventually give you a flamethrower but yeah, I hear ya, it does get overwhelming constantly on the edge of your seat but I don't think the solution is to play as the alien. I didn't think it was a good idea in Colonial Marines either, even it was multiplayer. I just think if you want to play as the creatures, AvP is the way to go. The campaigns are deliberately woven together, all the species are balanced with pros and cons.

    Agreed, but I think a similar formula could have been tried. If they had wanted to give us the Alien, they could have.

    Hell, what was wrong with playing out what happened on the station before Amanda got there, except from the creature's perspective? You'd have faced an armed population and it would be like creating Hadley's Hope's aftermath in space.

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    Sales for AvP were less than Isolation and there were lots of variety there. Perhaps, I can see it probably would have got a few more interested but I suspect Amanda's story would have suffered because of it and we wouldn't have got the game we got.

    I don't see why Amanda's story would have suffered, though. The same campaign we basically have could still be there. The same basic cut-scenes of importance. They could have just replaced the 'filler' stuff with the Aliens' perspective.

    f**k off, sega. This game DESERVES a sequel. Sigh......

    Give them the money and I'm sure they'll be happy to do that. :)

    Surely on the heels of a positive reception and two upcoming films there would be heightened interest.

    Not unless that positive reception translates into dollar signs.

    It's a bit weird for me for CA to pass on the possibility of a sequel because they wouldn't have to spend the time this time to create the engine, A.I etc but focus mainly on the content. They could pump it out with much less effort and time, being still a great effort nonetheless. I was hoping they were about to create a sequel, and namely a multiplayer sequel, a team survival, but I guess not then. Pity to drop it now from the hands who gave it more adult credibility than the last films and games combined.

    Creating an engine is only a part of it. All the rest still takes a lot of money and time (both of which they'd rather put into other projects already being done).

    Indeed. This game wasn't about being the Alien.

    No reason it couldn't have been.

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    It was about being hunted by the f**ker!

    Which is the reason it was only ever going to have limited appeal. Gamers generally like feeling empowered, not hunted down and victimised, precisely because it's an experience. Especially when it could be a very frustrating, repeatedly dying experience, which can sometimes unintentionally feel like a chore. :)

    The product did what it could by relying upon that mechanic, but when it's a big budget production, it needs big budget sales.

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    It might have been nice as DLC but it would have been development time away.

    Well, that's exactly what many were assuming would happen. If there had been such a thing, it could have sold in a far bigger way.
  30. Thomas
    i´ll belive it when i dont see it. How many times before have we heard that a game proberly won´t be made only to have it pop up anyway. A sequel to a succesfull alien game ( i know that for some reason 2 mill + is considered a failiure, which i find absolutly ridiculous) why not.

    On the other hand who says that creative assembly has to be the once to make the sequel. There are a lot of good developers from other studios out there in videogame land, who could give us some amazing alien inspired experiences.

    Someone could alreday be working on something but offcourse they cant tell us about it, just like creative assembly couldn´t tell us for a long time
  31. Ulfer
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    It was just ripe for some mini-campaigns. I didn't mind one or two Survivor based things but the strength was in its story experience.

    Indeed.
    About the "filler" thing (concerning the episode in the main game where you're mostly confronted by androids), I think it's a bit harsh to say even though I admit it has flaws.

    I may have written that on another topic some time ago : I think the experience would be even greater with more depth (of characters, for example), more choices and more freedom (RPG elements) and another kinds of difficulty (in the interaction with the world). You could have a main campaign thread but also other missions, some of which could pose a greater challenge (with or without the alien's involvement). Add more "hybridity" to such a game and it would gain longevity and more appeal, I think.

    It's more important imho than the possibility to play the alien. I think too that it is something that is in the genre of AvP. But the alien is the trickiest and the most difficult character in that context. I've yet to see a game that would offer a playable alien that would be realistic, glorious and still conveniently fun to play. Maybe it's impossible (at least for the second category; I mean by that that the alien perforce loses its aura when you play it). Anyways, the main problem of a more action-oriented Alien or AvP game would be to inspire itself with the experience of Alien Isolation, I guess.
  32. Weylan
    True shame indeed I was really hoping for a sequel or at least a story DLC.

    Fantastic game for sure and my second favorite game from the entire AvP franchise, nothing will ever top Aliens versus Predator 2 (2001) though.

    Top 3 AvP games ever for me:

    1. Aliens versus Predator 2 (2001)
    2. Alien: Isolation (2014)
    3. Aliens versus Predator (1999)
  33. Corporal Hicks
    I am completely and utterly gutted about this news. Alien Isolation was the best experience I've had in Alien gaming since I was a kid and terrified of those ancient graphical representations of the Alien. Alien Isolation gave me physical reactions of fear towards the screen and I f**king loved it for that. It was precisely what I imagined being trapped alone with an Alien should feel like. It was God-damn spot on.

    It's a real shame that sales figures would effect the sequel like this - especially since on face-value it had seemed as if the game had done really well. It was received incredibly well by fans and critics and won tons of awards. 2 million sounds like a lot. But it's just the reality we live in. Sega hasn't done particularly well with the franchise so far. A rushed AvP to make up for A:CM and fill in the space for Crucible. A:CM was a trainwreck and completely paned by everyone involved...and against all odds Isolation comes out and is one of, if not the, best Alien gaming experience but apparently doesn't do well enough.

    Absolutely gutted.

    I do think they should really have done some story based DLC though, I'm sure they could have made some more money by doing that, and possibly made the case for an expansion.

    Completely agree. I think they dropped the ball with the DLC. It was just ripe for some mini-campaigns. I didn't mind one or two Survivor based things but the strength was in its story experience.

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    Of course it wasn't an AVP game. But it was an 'Alien' game and that means it could have easily had one campaign from Amanda's point of view and the other from an Alien's - even if it was just a single DLC mission (which seemed to be what most players were actually expecting would happen).

    You can't build a story like this with half of it as Amanda and half as the alien. The alien can't die for starters. The gameplay mechanics would be completely different. If they'd have included a couple of chapters of it, I'd guarantee reviewers would be bitching that it was out of place. Sure, I guess DLC was possible but you're still talking about changing the whole gameplay. I must admit I was expecting story DLC from a different characters point of view. It was sadly a missed opportunity.

    Indeed. This game wasn't about being the Alien. It was about being hunted by the f**ker! It might have been nice as DLC but it would have been development time away.
  34. Vertigo
    I wonder if poor DLC sales could have been a factor, there's been a mindset over the last few years that a game is a platform for generating more cash with supplementary content. A:I's DLC has been badly received, so I assume it didn't sell well - I know I didn't buy any.

    The game itself sold as well as you could reasonably expect a series-starter to manage. Yeah, there have been Aliens games before, but it's been 14 years since the last well-reviewed one, and that wasn't ported to any consoles. A:I wasn't just effectively starting fresh, it was starting with a poisoned chalice, as Colonial Marines was famously terrible and AvP3 had a middling reception. 2.1m+ sales was good, under the circumstances, and could have been improved on with a decent sequel, after all the goodwill this game's generated.
  35. robbritton
    It didn't sell terribly. It sold very well. It's just that the world of AAA titles is skewed towards the sales figures of your Call of Duty's and your Halo's. If developers are going to take only that level of sales as success, then it's going to be a horribly stale games world pretty soon.
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