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Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual

Carlton Books is set to bring out the Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual. Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual will be the latest in a series of Augmented Reality books published by Carlton. Their previous titles include iExplore – PredatorsiDinosauriSolar System and Jurassic World – Where Dinosaurs Come to Life.

The Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual marks the first time that the Alien series has entered the realms of Augmented Reality. Like the Colonial Marines Technical Manual and The Weyland-Yutani Report, it appears to be presented as an in-universe book. You can read a bit more about the Survival Manual below:

“Building on its enduring popularity, Carlton books, well-known for their state-of-the-art Augmented Reality (AR) books, have developed the ultimate Alien fan book Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual. Identify. Protect. Survive. Created in association with 20th Century Fox, the book and app package will be released on October 5th, 2017.

Presented as an interactive survival manual, the augmented reality animations bring your favourite xenomorph to life, via a smartphone, or tablet. Created by author Owen Williams following the latest film Alien : Covenant, the book offers an experience you’ll never forget!

The book has been beamed back to us from the future reality witnessed in the Alien movies. The Augmented Reality Survival Manual has been written as if for new recruits of the US Colonial Marines to impart knowledge of identification and combat of xenomorphs. Protecting yourself and mankind against this significant and ever-growing threat is the goal.

 Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual

The cover for Carlton Books’ upcoming Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual.

For new recruits you will get to see what life of a USM pilot is like and observe ‘on the scene’ footage of the marines in action, in the form of movie excerpts. Whether it’s the first day of your USM training, or you’re a hardened veteran Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual is vital to shore up your knowledge of the xenomorph threat and ensure your prolonged existence.

Study a xenomorph autopsy, witness an alien egg hatch in real-time and see the deadly attacks of a face-hugger first-hand!”

The Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual is due for release on the 5th of October in the UK and November 14th in the States. The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon (UK and US) or directly from Carlton Books.

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Comments: 23
  1. windebieste
    I really can't stand this kind of over designed presentation.  It takes away from the focus of the book.  I understand the designers are trying to bring a sense of thematic cohesion to the whole production; but as pointed out above, it becomes a case of the tail wagging the dog. ...and it looks cheap.

    Personally, I prefer a presentation that his high on content rather than heavy handed on superfluous border and inset designs.  This is one of the stipulations I am making to the interior designers for HP.  I want the content to stand out - not the incidental design components that do nothing other than clutter up the page. 

    My web site adopts a based philosophy of 'simple design works best'.  It's actually V2 of the website you see.  A much less cluttered and easier to look at effort rather than the super retro theme I had originally designed for V1.  It was just a mess and I hated it.  I like simplicity in presentation.  It works.  It then allows the content and information to function with clarity and be as complex as you want.  I'm adopting that philosophy for the book.   They will both match in this regard.

    So yes.  I really can't stand these over designed publications. They're trying too hard to impress and the content - which should never take a 2nd place position - has to work even harder to keep up with expectations.  If the content is good enough, it is better off without all the distractions, anyway.

    It also presents another problem.  It ceases being a resource and becomes just another coffee table book.  I guess that's OK for some publications but not all.

    -Windebieste.
  2. Xenomrph
    Why is the layout for this so amateur? This looks like a first year computer arts student reproduced one of the 90s DVD menus through a filter of mediocrity. I'm referring to the stroked yellow background for headers and the lame quasi-futuristic angled text boxes. It's not impossible to make a print object look like a user interface, but this is a poor effort. Alien has some incredible graphic design (Thanks, Ronn Cobb). Creative Assembly took the visual direction from Alien expanded on it brilliantly, from the signage throughout the space station to the vintage advertisements. Why not do something smart, especially considering that the fanbase (just a guess) is no longer fifteen?

    I realize this reads like a nitpick, but it would have been so much cooler if they did a retro-inspired, analogue print manual for this.
    I had a similar complaint about the layouts in the Weyland-Yutani Report.

    For something framed as an in-universe document, from a design standpoint it looks like anything but.
  3. Birth_Machine
    Why is the layout for this so amateur? This looks like a first year computer arts student reproduced one of the 90s DVD menus through a filter of mediocrity. I'm referring to the stroked yellow background for headers and the lame quasi-futuristic angled text boxes. It's not impossible to make a print object look like a user interface, but this is a poor effort. Alien has some incredible graphic design (Thanks, Ronn Cobb). Creative Assembly took the visual direction from Alien expanded on it brilliantly, from the signage throughout the space station to the vintage advertisements. Why not do something smart, especially considering that the fanbase (just a guess) is no longer fifteen?

    I realize this reads like a nitpick, but it would have been so much cooler if they did a retro-inspired, analogue print manual for this.
  4. Olde
    The page cited earlier as well as the other pages available in the preview read terribly. This feels like it was written by a gushing fanboy making a game that would make Aliens: Colonial Marines look good. The third image preview in particular feels like it belongs in a propaganda video from Starship Troopers. It would be funny satire but unfortunately I don't think it is.

    Plus the AR stuff is just a novelty and will be irrelevant when the apps become unavailable in two years.
  5. windebieste
    Seeking permission to use content in a book can be as difficult as any other research activity undertaken for its preparation - and can extend its completion by any amount of time and effort.

    Having said that, Locusta isn't exactly a difficult person to find.

    I wouldn't even worry about pulling the 'transformative' component of copyright law out the hat to support its inclusion - I'd be more concerned about wanting to approach the artist (Locusta) for additional content on any future Project and the response I'd receive.

    -Windebieste.
  6. SM
    They might be able to make an argument that it's transformative, but simply changing the colour and removing the tentacles is pretty weak.  It's effectively traced.  There are squillions of images of eggs in Fox's archives but they had to nick this one without even asking?
  7. locusta
    I checked and it's been replaced with a section on the Assault Rifle. The Pulse Rifle gets a bigger spread later on.

    Bonus points for that then :laugh:

    Well, well, well.

    So the artist used my ALIEN Egg untextured sculpt picture: http://www.zbrushcentral.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=271906

    Can anybody show me further scans of the book. Would like to dig there after.

    Without your knowledge? Is that not... theft?

    Saw the book and the egg picture today the first time. Super lame actually.
  8. HuDaFuK
    I checked and it's been replaced with a section on the Assault Rifle. The Pulse Rifle gets a bigger spread later on.

    Bonus points for that then :laugh:

    Well, well, well.

    So the artist used my ALIEN Egg untextured sculpt picture: http://www.zbrushcentral.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=271906

    Can anybody show me further scans of the book. Would like to dig there after.

    Without your knowledge? Is that not... theft?
  9. locusta
    Do let us know if they eventually worked out what the Pulse Rifle looked like :laugh:

    I received my review copy yesterday. I only had a quick flick through but it looks like they sorted this. Will double-check later. I had a go on a few of the AR things too. There's videos that play "on the page" through the app and there's a bulk of about 8 AR "activities" in the middle of the bulk.

    I had a go on the egg analysis which was fune. And I tried one where you had to land a dropship. Controls and perspective were a little hard to get the hang off but still kinda cool.

    Well, well, well.

    So the artist used my ALIEN Egg untextured sculpt picture: http://www.zbrushcentral.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=271906

    Can anybody show me further scans of the book. Would like to dig there after.

    Thanks.
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