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Alien: Isolation brings back Ripley and the original cast with pre-order DLC

Most of the original cast of the 1979 film Alien has reunited to voice their roles in two missions Alien: Isolation is offering as a pre-order DLC incentive.

Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley, who will be playable in two missions set in the events of the original film. Tom Skerritt also voices Dallas and Yaphet Kotto returns as Parker, and both of these characters also will be playable in the module, called "Crew Expendable." The different characters will have a different perspective in the events, and carry a different loadout.

Harry Dean Stanton will return as Brett, the second crewmember to die (after Kane, the first chestburster victim). Brett isn't playable. In an interview with IGN, game director Alistair Hope said that of the cast only Ian Holm, who played the android Ash, doesn't return for "Crew Expendable," but there was no mention of John Hurt, Kane's original actor, playing any role.

A second mission, focusing solely on Ripley, is called "Last Survivor" and in it the player must guide Ripley through the Nostromo, activating its self-destruct sequence before reaching the Narcissus shuttle in time to escape.

Given how The Creative Assembly took great pains to depict Alien: Isolation in the "low-fi sci-fi" style of 1979, it probably is no surprise that it will now offer players the option of playing as Ripley and other characters from the original film.

Alien: Isolation, due to release on Oct. 7, is set 15 years after the events of the original film. It is the story of Ellen Ripley's daughter, Amanda, who is investigating the disappearance of her mother. Alien: Isolation's story takes place on the space station Sevastopol.

Alien: Isolation will launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For more see Polygon's preview of the game from E3 2014.

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