"Currently, the team is working on a new PC and console shooter based on the Alien franchise".
Back in late November, we reported that 20th Century Fox were working on a new video game in the Alien series, following on from the hugely successful (and absolutely terrifying) Alien: Isolation. Unlike in Isolation, where the majority of the game was tracking down what had happened with Ellen Ripley.
Blackout sticks Ripley Jr. and her crew on a Weyland-Yutani space station where-shocker-there's a xenomorph hanging around.
So what do we have in this mobile Alien game? Isolation, you'll need to "outsmart the flawless hunter by making perilous choices", shepherding the surviving crew to safety.
SURVIVE OR DIE Using only the space station's limited power supply to operate a holographic map, surveillance cameras, and motion tracker, attempt to remain hidden and protect your crew from the flawless hunter in seven fear-inducing levels. 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.
In Blackout, you'll be tasked with guiding AI crewmates to safety whilst also attempting to avoid the Xenomorph.
There were rumours that we would be seeing the first glimpse of the new game on 6 December at the Games Awards, but they proved to be inaccurate. "The uncertainty and unpredictability of both the alien and her crew can impose total defeat for Amanda and the entire station".
While I'm always willing to give something a shot, seeing an incredibly atmospheric concept like this (especially after the fantastic Isolation already proved the idea works) on a mobile device is troubling.
Alien: Blackout will be available on iOS, Android, and on the Amazon Appstore.