The newest addition to the ALIEN gaming franchise is here, and hoping to hype the loyal fans of this cult favorite, the developers posted series of teaser images on Instagram. D3 Go! and FoxNext Games ALIEN: BLACKOUT will be released on January 24, 2019. The press release received less than a lukewarm reception despite the massive excitement surrounding the game. The loyal fans, who are in a sequel drought since 2014 have ultimately aired their grievances into social media. For them this “sequel” is very far from the masterpiece that is ALIEN: ISOLATION.
Big Shoes to Fill
ALIEN: ISOLATION is a horror survival game that is a massive success and has been nominated for over 50 gaming awards. Its developer Creative Assembly and publisher SEGA has based the game on the “ALIEN” science fiction horror film series that was first aired in 1979. The game has been critically acclaimed and enjoyed a gigantic following in different platforms such as PlayStation 3 & 4, X-box 360 & One and Windows.
With the release of the new trailer, the fans have been given new information about the gameplay itself. BLACKOUT uses familiar elements you would have expected from a first-person horror game but adds an additional twist to the familiar style. The game follows the ISOLATION’s protagonist Amanda Ripley; to survive, she must guide her crewmates while avoiding the alien by using the damaged system of the Space Station. One wrong move would cause their deaths, which would have a direct effect on how the seven-mission campaign will turn out. While the trailer looks amazing so far, the studio dropped the “BlizzCon” bomb: This title is planned to be released on mobile.
Fans Not Delighted
ALIEN Fanbase took to Twitter and gave the developers a piece of their minds!
These fans use a good old’ meme to express their disappointment, with a nod to the now immortalized “Do you guys have no phone” fiesta.
Can’t seem to brush off the similarities.
Another fan can’t help take a swipe to the epic proceedings that is BlizzCon!
The internet was not at all thrilled by the unfolding events surrounding the launch of the new ALIEN game. We can expect to receive more feedbacks from not so happy fans that may put developers into hot water for the days to come.
The Rise of Mobile Gaming
Almost everybody owns a smartphone, and this seems very lucrative for developers to release titles accessible to a bigger market. In the past years, gaming has been limited to just Consoles and PC, but with the new trend of mobile gaming more and more studios want to have a chink of the mobile market. However, Console and PC gamers are not thrilled about the fact that their favorite titles are being released on the mobile platform. That sentiment was clear from the huge backlash of DIABLO: IMMORTAL and now with the release of ALIEN: BLACKOUT.
Yay or Nay?
ALIEN: BLACKOUT is here, though not the sequel that fans have been clamoring for. This might offer closure to the story left behind by ISOLATION, after all the ending is a cliffhanger. However, on a recent tweet by the ALIEN’s official site, this not the only thing they have in store for us, “die-hard” ALIEN fans. Some other sources also hint a massive online multi-player shooter in the works. Let us keep our fingers crossed that something big will come our way this year.