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Fox Announces Alien: Isolation Digital Series!

Since just before the New Year, 20th Century Fox has been teasing their #ReadPlayWatch campaign that focuses on Alien: Isolation’s Amanda Ripley. Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens: Resistance kicked off the Read component – the second issue of which is out today! And last month saw the release of Alien: Blackout (Play).

We’ve since been waiting patiently for the campaign’s Watch component. That wait is about to end! IGN has just shared the trailer for the Alien: Isolation Digital Series!

It’s been fifteen years since Amanda Ripley’s mother disappeared aboard the deep space towing ship Nostromo. And for fifteen years, Amanda has suspected there was more to her mother’s story than meets the eye.

In this new digital series reimagining a familiar and fan-favorite story, 20th Century Fox has expanded on Alien: Isolation by taking the cut scenes from the 2014 game and adding in new story beats to bring the tale of Amanda Ripley to life in a whole new way.

The Alien: Isolation Digital Series consists of 7 episodes, and they’re all due for release via IGN (or their YouTube channel) tomorrow at 9 a.m. PT (5pm GMT).

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  1. HuDaFuK
    Quote from: Predwars24 on Feb 28, 2019, 04:21:12 PMWe're totally making sure that no one using some sort of video game capturing software couldn't just make their own version of this using any kind of video editor at their disposal, and because people will defend it with previously mentioned point we won't have to actually try and make any new content.

    Except this is nonsense, because I've just had a look at the first episode and a lot of the new stuff between the cutscene footage is basically a fully rendered and animated CGI movie, and not just something recorded out of the game.
  2. robbritton
    Done a bit of skipping through. There's definitely new stuff in there, and it is at the very least  interesting to see the actual game scenes from different angles. Will plough on as soon as my son finishes his piano lesson!
  3. Predwars24
    Guy Pitching Idea's: You know what'd be great is if we could watch cutscenes from the game as a web series. It'd be free so that people can use that to defend the show. Also I was thinking we might add something in between just so that the cutscenes make sense. We're totally making sure that no one using some sort of video game capturing software couldn't just make their own version of this using any kind of video editor at their disposal, and because people will defend it with previously mentioned point we won't have to actually try and make any new content.

    Fox Exec:
    You're a genius man!
  4. HuDaFuK
    I was kinda middling on this when I first found out about it, but the more I think about it now it's been officially announced, the more excited I'm getting for it.

    Love that shot from the trailer of some guy getting all f*cked up by the Alien, with blood pouring everywhere.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Local Trouble on Feb 28, 2019, 01:44:41 AM
    Was the reception of this news everything SM expected?

    I know I'm not SM but honestly I was surprised it took as long for people to complain as it did. The overall reaction seems to have been pleasantly positive though.


    Quote from: Perfect-Organism on Feb 28, 2019, 01:40:55 AM
    A super-duper, well organized way to watch the Alien: Isolation game?  For free?  How cool is that?  Many times have I tried to find something like that which didn't take 5 hours, just so I can sit down and enjoy it from beginning to end while grabbing a bite in front of the TV.  Thanks Fox.  I will enjoy this, and looking forward to a longer series, and a new movie (hint... Blomkamp)..

    Exactly. It's free. It's the type of thing people do off their own back but now you get new footage to bridge it all together. It still needs to be well put together but if they do, that's win in my book.


    Quote from: David's Creation on Feb 28, 2019, 01:39:05 AM
    I really don't see why people care so much about the IGN thing.

    One reviewer for the site gave it a low score, so the whole website isn't allowed to promote anything related to the game now?  Like it's some hypocritical betrayal?  How melodramatic.

    It's a strange thing. They published a second review that was more positive. That reviewer was the one who did the hands-on with Blackout that some people complained about.


    Quote from: SM on Feb 28, 2019, 02:42:48 AM
    Because, of course, no one has done any work on this, and it's just some PA at Fox splicing stuff downloaded from Youtube with Windows Movie Maker...

    f**king Movie Maker. They're cheaper than I thought! They're still on Windows 7!  >:(

    Spoiler
    :laugh:
    [close]


    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Feb 27, 2019, 11:47:24 PM
    This should be fun. I wish we were getting a new story and not something we already knew/experienced before, but I get that during the awkward Disney/Fox transition period that something like that isn't really a thing I should be expecting.

    This. People need to be considerate of that. We've got too many expectations running wild lately.
  6. Kradan
    Quote from: Oasis Nadrama on Feb 28, 2019, 06:22:24 AM
    Yeah, and it gives so many people a chance to enjoy the Isolation retrofuture art direction.

    https://www.info-utiles.fr/images2015/DLC3_Safe_Haven_1_1421075230.jpg

    Such magnificence cannot be contained to Alien-loving gamers and the rare people who will look for screencaps. It would just be too sad. I'm so happy that many more people will get the chance to discover the Sevastopol station. <3

    Man, that image looks gorgeous! Completely agreed.
  7. SM
    QuoteAdding new story beats doesn't change the fact that this digital series look is based (literally) upon the game itself. It looks like the game itself!

    ...

    What should it be based on if not the game?
  8. SiL
    Quote from: Ingwar on Feb 28, 2019, 05:42:17 AM
    Adding new story beats doesn't change the fact that this digital series look is based (literally) upon the game itself. It looks like the game itself! As I said before, it's just pure laziness.
    It's resourceful and cost effective; I doubt effort was a consideration. They spent all that time and money on design, characters, locations, rigging -- why not reuse the material? It's better than a lot of DTV 3D animations get.
  9. Ingwar
    QuoteIn this new digital series reimagining a familiar and fan-favorite story, 20th Century Fox has expanded on Alien: Isolation by taking the cut scenes from the 2014 game and adding in new story beats to bring the tale of Amanda Ripley to life in a whole new way.

    Adding new story beats doesn't change the fact that this digital series look is based (literally) upon the game itself. It looks like the game itself! As I said before, it's just pure laziness. And IGN doing it? How can you give this game 5.9 out of 10?

    IGN verdict: Mediocre

    QuoteAlien: Isolation erases the memory of Colonial Marines, but it's still not the great Alien game we were hoping for.

    Not the great game?

    And this ...

    QuoteThe Verdict
    Alien: Isolation seemed like the perfect Alien game on paper, and for the first handful of hours it even seems to deliver on its promise on the strength of its outstanding art and sound that faithfully recreates the ambiance of the classic horror film. Instead, what was the Great Xenomorphic Hope ends in another disappointment for a license loaded with interactive-entertainment potential. It's a shame that Isolation doesn't track stats, because I'd be curious to know how many of its roughly 15-20 hours I spent hiding in lockers, staring at the motion tracker, and, most of all, how many hundreds (yes, hundreds) of times I died without a chance to save myself.

    It may seem strange to complain that a game's too long, but when the genuine scares of being hunted by an unstoppable predator are so diluted by repetition and padding, Isolation's epic length really does work against it. Someday, someone is going to make an incredible Alien video game that checks every box. But, sadly, Isolation is not it.
  10. Oasis Nadrama
    Quote from: SiL on Feb 28, 2019, 04:02:24 AM
    Obviously there's going to be restructuring. It's a narrative short series, not a Let's Play.

    Are people actually thinking this is literally just cut scenes and mocked up third person gameplay cut together or something? Are we really this stupid as a fan base?  ???

    It's obvious it needs restructuration, but I'm scared at the idea it doesn't get enough of it.

    And the story definitely needs some new strength, not only because the original structure wouldn't work, but also because the main quality of Alien Isolation was its violent, almost uncompromising gameplay. No one played it for the story; we played it to have the first real video game Alien experience. It would have been almost as good without cutscenes at all.

    With this series, this crucial aspect is gone. Isolation will have to rely entirely on its art direction (which luckily is near perfect), framing/editing and story. That's quite the challenge.
  11. Prez
    I'm actually looking forward to this.
    As someone who has only played the game briefly but is a big admirer of it (I simply don't have the time or patience (balls) to play this long term) this looks quite cool.

    I'm always up for anything new in the AEU.
  12. TC
    Quote.., 20th Century Fox has expanded on Alien: Isolation by taking the cut scenes from the 2014 game and adding in new story beats ...

    This gives me cause for optimism.

    7 x 10 min episodes = 70 min total

    Once they've been edited together (and they will be by someone -  you can count on it ) that's long enough duration to require a decent act structure. Fingers crossed those additional scenes do the trick.

    TC
  13. SiL
    Obviously there's going to be restructuring. It's a narrative short series, not a Let's Play.

    Are people actually thinking this is literally just cut scenes and mocked up third person gameplay cut together or something? Are we really this stupid as a fan base?  ???
  14. Oasis Nadrama
    Am I the only one to frankly hope there's some restructuration going on?

    Because really, I must insist, the plot of Alien Isolation is functional for a video game. If the structure stays the same, it will just be a CHORE to watch.

    At the very least they have to remove 90% of the problem-solving, which means some entire arcs, and also they need one or two additional characters, or a vastly expanded role for the existing ones. The encounters with the extras amongst Sevastopol, either frightened or murderous ones, wouldn't do the trick.

    This shit urgently needs pacing, bouncing, stronger characters and stronger thematics.
  15. Perfect-Organism
    Quote from: Local Trouble on Feb 28, 2019, 03:34:44 AM
    I hope ADF writes it and peppers it with references to the alien's ancient origins.

    Ha!  Yah.

    I think that the whole angle in Covenant where David get's the author of the play wrong gives the notion that he is wrong about the origin of the Aliens as well.  I hope that is the case.  I'm fine with him adding some biomechanical elements to the Alien design, but I also really like the Ancient idea.  That's been the way that I've seen the Alien for 30 years.  There's something really otherworldly about discovering an ancient Alien ship full of eggs that are still alive after countless millennia.  I do also like David's madness and hubris however.  I'm a bit torn about how I feel about his creation.
  16. Huggs
    Quote from: SM on Feb 28, 2019, 03:21:16 AM
    Quote from: Huggs on Feb 28, 2019, 02:59:16 AM
    So what are we doing?

    How about a book?

    Good idea, they love books. But just one.

    We have to have something interactive though. How about a mobile game?

    Good idea Johnson! Not too expensive but hopefully enough to shut them up about the isolation sequel.

    We need something visual. But what? An actual show is too expensive.

    I've got it! We'll put the cut scenes online!

    Brilliant! Let's do it!

    Why I'm glad Australia Has Strict Gun Laws Reason #937

    - When voicing the expression "Somebody shoot me" it is difficult to comply.

    There's no such thing as difficult. Just a failure to improvise.
  17. SM
    Quote from: Huggs on Feb 28, 2019, 02:59:16 AM
    So what are we doing?

    How about a book?

    Good idea, they love books. But just one.

    We have to have something interactive though. How about a mobile game?

    Good idea Johnson! Not too expensive but hopefully enough to shut them up about the isolation sequel.

    We need something visual. But what? An actual show is too expensive.

    I've got it! We'll put the cut scenes online!

    Brilliant! Let's do it!

    Why I'm glad Australia Has Strict Gun Laws Reason #937

    - When voicing the expression "Somebody shoot me" it is difficult to comply.
  18. The Old One
    One good Novelisation's enough.

    Alien Mobile? Ask AP, loves the game.

    Axis Animation. Cheap.

    1/4 the comic's alright...

    Disproportionate negatives, again.
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