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New Alien game looks like Alien: Isolation for phones

Alien: Blackout stars Amanda Ripley and, of course, an angry Xenomorph

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A new Alien game is coming to mobile. Survival horror game Alien: Blackout will star Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley and the protagonist of 2014’s Alien: Isolation, when it comes to Android and iOS devices on Jan. 24.

“Try to stay alive while trapped aboard a crippled Weyland-Yutani space station carrying a deadly Xenomorph as it tirelessly hunts you and the crew,” reads the official description of Alien: Blackout. “Outsmart the perfect hunter by making perilous choices. Players must rely on the damaged controls of the space station or risk sacrificing crew members to avoid deadly contact, permanently altering the outcome of the game.”

Game makers FoxNext, D3 Go, Theory Interactive, and Rival Games promise seven levels that feature “challenging tasks using only the station’s emergency systems,” while dealing with an unpredictable alien and crew, for Alien: Blackout. Players will control a holographic map, surveillance cameras, and motion tracker as they attempt to escape the Xenomorph.

FoxNext/D3 Go/Rival Games

In other words, the mobile game looks like Alien: Isolation meets Five Nights at Freddy’s.

Alien: Blackout takes place between the events of the films Alien and Aliens. The story is part of a larger effort to focus on Amanda Ripley, based on a teaser trailer and a series of tweets from the official Alien Twitter account. Blackout is part of a larger narrative effort surrounding Amanda Ripley described as “Read. Play. Watch.” that will emerge in January. The younger Ripley will apparently pursue the disappearance of the Nostromo, the starship that was attacked by the Xenomorph in Ridley Scott’s original 1979 film.

20th Century Fox trademarked the title Alien: Blackout in November, fueling speculation that the project was the name of the Alien shooter in development at Cold Iron Studios and was set for a reveal at last year’s The Game Awards.

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