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Alien: Blackout will make you scream on Android (Update: Out now!)
Update, Jan. 24, 2019 (9:00AM ET): Alien: Blackout is now available to download on the Google Play Store (and Apple or Amazon’s app stores) priced at $4.99.
Developed by Rival Games and Theory Interactive, Alien: Blackout is a survival horror game for mobile devices and a sort-of follow-up to Alien: Isolation which launched back in 2014 for consoles and PC and starred Blackout’s hero, Amanda Ripley — the daughter of the Alien movie franchise’s xeno-butt-kicking icon, Ellen Ripley.
For your $4.99, you get access to the full game which comprises seven levels of Five Nights at Freddy’s-style action, only this time the creepy animatronic animals have been replaced by the perfect organism, the terrifying xenomorph.
We’ll have a full review of the game going live very soon, but if you’re a fan of the Alien series we can already tell you that it’s well worth the asking price… mostly.
Original article, Jan. 7, 2019 (1:08PM ET): The Alien movie franchise remains one of the most popular sci-fi series ever made, and it has spawned tons of great spin-offs in novels, comic books and games.
Apparently, you just can’t keep a good biomechanical Xenomorph monster down as today, we got the first details on Alien: Blackout, an upcoming mobile game coming to Android (and iOS) devices on Jan. 24.
According to co-publisher D3 Go’s website, the game centers on Amanda Ripley, the daughter of the movie series’ best known human character Ellen Ripley.
Amanda was also the central character in the critically acclaimed survival horror game Alien: Isolation, which was released in 2014 for PCs and consoles by Sega. Alien: Blackout may serve as a (sort-of) sequel to that earlier game.
According to the game’s official description, Amanda Ripley finds herself in trouble again, this time on board a Weyland-Yutani space station (showing once again that the real villain of this franchise is an evil human corporation). In the game, you must control Ripley and the station’s remaining crew members as they try to escape, without being killed off by the latest version of the series’ titular alien.
The game will make you use the station’s holographic map, along with surveillance cameras and a motion tracker, so you and the crew can navigate through the station and avoid being picked off. There will be seven levels to complete and the game is supposed to have some replayability as you try different paths and make alternate decisions.
There’s no word on if this game will cost something upfront, or if it will be a free-to-play title. Hopefully, the price won’t make you scream.