Pre-orders aside, it's remarkable to see the cast of the 1979 film reunited in The Creative Assembly's upcoming survival horror. Weaver recorded dialog for the missions, as did returning stars Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet Kotto, with a sound-a-like standing in for Ian Holm. Speaking to The Associated Press
, Weaver said she found it oddly smooth to resume her role as the film's imperturbable engineer.
"It was eerie how quickly it happened," Weaver told The AP."Honestly. I had to start with this sort of sign-off, 'This is Lieutenant Ripley of the starship Nostromo.' You know, that paragraph. I felt like no time had passed. It was really strange, actually. If anything, it was more affecting to me to read it again 35 years later."
Weaver also said she feels like The Creative Assembly "followed through" with the game's plot. Alien: Isolation
's main campaign stars Ripley, but not the one we know from the films. Instead, players take on the role of Ellen's daughter, Amanda, who 15 years after the events of Alien
learns of a flight recording recovered from the Nostromo.
"Emotionally, what would Amanda want? She'd want to find her mother," said Weaver. "She's drawn to the same line of work. There are a lot of things that were arresting to me. I have no idea what the game is like. I hope it's creepy and suspenseful and engaging in a way that other games are not - an experience."
So do we, and we'll find out if Alien Isolation
lives up to the billing when it hits PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on October 7. In the meantime, check out our thoughts on its time-based challenge mode
, and how squeakily terrifying
it was to play it on Oculus Rift.
ALIEN: ISOLATION PRE-ORDER CONTENT UNITES ORIGINAL MOVIE CAST
Sigourney Weaver and Key Cast Members from Ridley Scott's Classic 1979 Film AlienTM Add Their Voice and Likeness to Two Downloadable Bonus Levels
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – July 9, 2014 – SEGA® of America, Inc., SEGA® Europe, Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today announced exclusive pre-order bonus content for Alien: Isolation™, featuring the vocal talent and likenesses of key cast members of the 1979 Ridley Scott masterpiece, Alien. Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winner Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Yaphet Kotto (Parker) and Ian Holm (Ash, likeness and sound-alike) are set to feature in two downloadable bonus missions, which allow you to relive two classic scenes from the movie.
The worldwide video premiere of the cast can be seen in the brand new Pre-Order Trailer exclusively on IGN.com here http://www.ign.com/videos/2014/07/09/alien-isolation-pre-order-dlc-trailer
"Working with the original cast has been an incredible experience," said Alistair Hope, Creative Lead on Alien: Isolation. "It was important to us to have the key original cast members reprise their roles in order to perfectly capture the atmosphere of the movie. For some of the original cast, this is their first appearance in an Alien video game. Seeing them reprise those roles after 35 years was an unforgettable experience."
Anyone who pre-orders the game will get a free upgrade to the Nostromo Edition, which includes the bonus content "Crew Expendable". Players can choose to play as one of three surviving crewmembers, only moments after Brett's death at the jaws of the creature. As Ellen Ripley, Dallas or Parker, players can explore the Nostromo from habitation deck down through engineering, coordinating their efforts with Lambert and Ash to lure the Alien into the ship's airlock.
In addition, consumers who pre-order at GameStop will exclusively also receive "Last Survivor" in which players pick up the story as Ripley tries to escape on the Narcissus. On hearing the screams of Lambert and Parker, players must navigate their way back down through the Nostromo in order to activate the self-destruct sequence, before retracing their steps back to the Narcissus shuttle and their escape.
Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott's 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7, 2014, for Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.