Aliens: Fireteam was a good third-person cooperative shooter, and Aliens: Dark Descent looks like a good top-down cooperative shooter, but both share a critical problem: neither looks like Alien Isolation, one of the tensest, most frightening horror games ever made. With the announcement of a new single-player Aliens game today, there’s renewed hope that we’ll get something a little closer in spirit to that 2014 masterpiece.
Simply called Aliens, this new single-player game will be developed by Survios, which has a history of developing VR games, namely The Walking Dead Onslaught and Sprint Vector. According to Survios, the Unreal Engine 5 affair will be an “intense single-player, action horror game set in the iconic Alien universe”. The story will be set between the Alien and Aliens films, “where a battle-hardened veteran has a vendetta against the Xenomorphs”.
Given the “action” in “action horror”, it’s safe to assume this battle-hardened veteran will be armed well because no one fight against Xenomorphs with their mere fists. So we probably shouldn’t expect something too close to Alien Isolation, but maybe something closer to Resident Evil, or Dead Space, or the forthcoming Callisto Protocol.
More details on the game will come during San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, but it’s confirmed for consoles, PC, and VR, meaning it’ll be playable in both VR and on a regular ol’ screen.
Aliens: Dark Descent, that’s still scheduled to arrive sometime in 2023. It’s a top-down, twin-stick shooter cooperative game.