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'Alien: Blackout' mobile game picks up where 'Isolation' left off

Amanda Ripley is back with her terroriser in tow.
Saqib Shah, @eightiethmnt
January 7, 2019
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Alien: Blackout

Alien fans wondering what the franchise's official Instagram account was teasing last month across a series of motion posters, each more terrifying than the last, will be happy to learn that a new game is on the way. But we're not getting the console follow-up to Alien: Isolation players were (probably) hoping for. Instead, Alien: Blackout is a mobile title for iOS and Android starring that game's protagonist Amanda Ripley -- who also happens to be the daughter of the original film quadrilogy's iconic heroine, Ellen Ripley.

Before you ask, no it's not a Pokémon Go-style game that sees players searching their respective cities for Xenomorphs and face-huggers to battle and collect. Instead it's more of the same: poor Amanda is stuck aboard a malfunctioning Weyland-Yutani space station alongside a vicious Xenomorph.

However, Blackout swaps out Isolation's first-person thrills for a more voyeuristic experience. As such, you'll have to use the dying space station's holographic map, surveillance cameras, and a motion tracker to keep tabs on your crew and the unwanted guest. One wrong move can equal a grisly demise for the craft's inhabitants and result in narrative-altering consequences for Ripley.

There's no word on a release date or price, but developer D3 Go is promising bucket-loads of fear. At least Isolation could be experienced at home on a console and in VR. Can you imagine the weird looks you'll get when you scream out loud after every jump scare on the bus?

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