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Alien: Blackout is a Teen-rated mobile game

Dashing the hopes of those who wanted a fully-fledged sequel to 2014’s much-loved Alien: Isolation, Alien: Blackout will be a mobile game.

An announcement on D3 Go!’s website (hat-tip to Variety) confirms that Alien: Blackout is “an immersive and captivating Alien experience, perfectly designed for mobile gaming” and will be available to download on the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. It claims it will bring to life “the terror of alien”, which seems unlikely to me not just because it’s on mobile, but because it’s rated ‘Teen’.

The game is set on a crippled space station haunted by a Xenomorph. As with Alien: Isolation, you’ll need to “outsmart the perfect hunter by making perilous choices”. You’ll shepherd the crew’s survivors to safety, though you’ll also have opportunities to sacrifice them to avoid conflict. Adding to the agony of choice are tricky decisions about where to allocate the station’s limited power – options include a holographic map, surveillance cameras, and a motion tracker – and damaged emergency systems that will fail with increasing frequency.

We’ve been expecting a new Alien game since early 2018, when Fox announced that a studio was at work in a new project in the cinematic universe. A software trademark for Alien: Blackout was filed in November, further stoking excitment, and on Saturday the Alien twitter account dropped a teaser that mentioned Amanda Ripley. She was the protagonist of Alien: Isolation, so some fans concluded we might be getting a proper triple-A sequel for PC (and console).

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We should note at this point that the original Isolation team at Creative Assembly is working on an all-new tactical shooter, so if a full sequel to Isolation is coming any time soon, it’s unlikely to be from the original devs. Still, Alien fans probably weren’t expecting a teen-rated mobile game to be the franchise’s next interactive outing.

PCGN

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