Fox’s upcoming survival horror mobile game Alien: Blackout is not a sequel to 2014’s Alien Isolation.
In response to whether or not Blackout would continue the story of Isolation’s Amanda Ripley, the protagonist of both games, Blackout’s PR company FortySeven said no.
“[Blackout] is a standalone game that shares Amanda Ripley as a main character but is not related to or a sequel of Isolation,” we’re told.
When asked to clarify whether or not Blackout was non-canonical, we were told again that it is not a sequel.
This may be seen as underwhelming to some after Fox’s recent Read, Play, Watch campaign. While we initially thought this campaign was to flesh out the universe of Alien, it seems that isn’t the case.
Alien: Isolation is finally getting a sequel, but it may not be the sequel you’ve been clamoring for since 2014. Instead, the sequel to one of gaming’s best horror titles is going to be a mobile game.
Developed by FoxNext Games, D3 Go!, and Rival Games, Alien: Blackout will once again put players in the role of Amanda Ripley. Just like the last time, players will have to avoid encounters with the titular Alien, but this time you’ll be playing on mobile.
In Blackout, you’ll be tasked with guiding AI crewmates to safety whilst also attempting to avoid the Xenomorph.
The game’s official description is as follows:
The terror of Alien is brought to life in ‘Alien: Blackout.’ Try to stay alive while trapped aboard a crippled Weyland-Yutani space station carrying a deadly Xenomorph as it tirelessly hunts you and the crew. Outsmart the perfect hunter by making perilous choices. Players must rely on the damaged controls of the space station or risk sacrificing crew members to avoid deadly contact, permanently altering the outcome of the game.
Survive seven fear-inducing levels by remotely guiding Amanda Ripley’s crew through increasingly challenging tasks using only the station’s emergency systems. The uncertainty and unpredictability of both the alien and her crew can impose total defeat for Amanda and the entire station.”
Players will need to use the space station’s limited power supply to operate a holographic map, surveillance cameras, and motion tracker, while attempting to remain hidden and protect the crew, according to the site.
Alien: Blackout may not be the game any of us wanted, but at least there will be a continuation of Amanda Ripley’s story. Hopefully, one day, we’ll get to see a full sequel to the amazing Alien: Isolation.
Alien: Blackout will be available for Android and IOS.