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Why Sigourney Weaver returned as Ripley in Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation, The Creative Assembly's take on the Alien franchise, is the only game actress Sigourney Weaver has offered her talents to because it's "the first time it makes sense" to her, The Mary Sue reports.

Alien: Isolation stars the daughter of Weaver's iconic Ellen Ripley, Amanda. However, Weaver reprised her role to voice small sections throughout the game, as well as appear in additional downloadable content.

"I get approached to do other kinds of games, sometimes to do with Alien, and this is the first one that seemed to me to be very ambitious in a new direction, using the details of Jim Cameron's script," Weaver said. "You know, the fact that Ripley never was able to be reunited with her daughter."

"... Frankly, these movies are hard acts to follow. That's the biggest challenge of anything that's good enough to spawn a sequel is that it's setting a high bar. "

Continuing on about Alien: Isolation, Weaver said that the game interested her because it has an original story that's "faithful to the first film" while still taking an emotional direction.

"To me it's interesting story-wise and character-wise," she said.

Alien: Isolation launched today for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For more on the game, check out our review. You can read more about games in the Alien franchise in our written history.

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