True horror in a video game is hard to achieve. Sure, some games are scary, but once you load up on guns and power armor, suddenly those zombies or ghouls or whatever aren't quite so terrifying anymore.
Luckily, there are some games which still know how to deliver Grade A-refined frights. Take for example the upcoming survival horror Alien: Isolation, a new game based on the original Alien movie.
Since it's based on the original, we can expect no guns, no marines arriving to save the day, and just one nerve-splittingly terrifying and deadly alien. Creative Assembly, a British based developer mostly known for their strategic Total War series, are behind the project and they've just stuck up an announcement trailer, developer diary and gameplay footage B-Roll. Check them all out below:
From this initial footage, Alien: Isolation certainly looks like something I can get into. It seems to a loving — and accurate — homage to the original and best Alien movie, even going as far to recreate specific props and textures from the movie.
Alistair Hope, Creative Lead at Creative Assembly, had this to say about the project:
In Alien: Isolation, we have taken the series back to the roots of Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, the original survival horror. Our Alien is a truly terrifying creature, as intelligent as he is hostile, relentless, brutal and unstoppable. This is the Alien game fans of the series have always wanted.
The lack of 'action' and weaponry might put off some of 'Generation Call of Duty', but this is exactly what survival horror should be about. Games such as Outlast and the incredible Amnesia: The Dark Descent have proven that games are most terrifying when you're not cradling a massive shotgun.
According to the CA and SEGA press release: "Alien: Isolation is due for release in late 2014 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC." So basically everything... except Nintendo, obviously.
What do you think? Does this look like something you could get into? Let us know below.