UPDATE: This is my Diablo Immortal moment. Diablo? I can take it or leave it. Alien? As Elton John once said, don't go breaking my heart. That Alien Blackout game that leaked late last year? It's a new mobile-only horror game set aboard the Weyland-Yutani space station. Now the very idea of Kojima's involvement seems even more ridiculous than it did before.
You'll have to excuse me for a second while I readjust my expectations...
Okay, all done, I'm back. Alien: Blackout sounds as if it takes a lot of queues from the sublime Alien Isolation, albeit in a form that now fits in the palm of your android hand. Players will be tasked with staying alive while trapped aboard the ship, kept company by a roaming Xenomorph.
There's a hint of Five Nights at Freddy's to proceedings thanks to handing players the keys to the space station, commanding your crew, opening and closing doors as you attempt to get them out. Players can only use the station's emergency systems in order to survive, attempting to outthink the titular alien and avoid the decimation of the entire space station.
In truth, Alien: Blackout sounds as if it's probably quite a fun time, while the early screenshots indicate it's at least looking fairly decent. The one lingering doubt is whether horror can find a home on a mobile device. Alien Isolation was incredibly immersive and all the more terrifying for it, so there's the chance something will be lost once the WhatsApp notifications start popping in on the morning commute.
Alien: Blackout is 'coming soon' to both Apple and Android mobile devices.
Original Story: 27-Nov-2018 - Rumour - Alien Blackout FPS To be Revealed Next Week, Hideo Kojima May Be Involved
The rumour mill has gone into overdrive today with the potentially imminent announcement of a new Alien game. 20th Century Fox has just trademarked the name Alien: Blackout for ‘computer game discs’, a move that ties in very nicely with the upcoming Game Awards.
The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley actually tweeted out a clue way back at the beginning of this month, saying “Worlds Will Change on December 6th”, the date when the Game Awards takes place. The font used at the time, together with its similarity to Weyland-Yutani’s ‘Building Better Worlds’ slogan, prompted speculation that something Alien-related could be inbound.
20th Century Fox’s trademark application only further fuels those flames. The full trademark reads as follows:
017988931 - ALIEN: BLACKOUT
Computer game discs; software, namely, game software, computer game and video game software, downloadable computer game software, downloadable mobile application software used for playing electronic games and streaming audiovisual and multimedia content in the fields of games and entertainment, interactive game software, and downloadable software used for playing electronic games and streaming audiovisual and multimedia content regarding science-fiction, action, adventure, drama, and music; downloadable software featuring entertainment information regarding science-fiction, action, adventure, drama, and music.
Providing on-line computer games; providing electronic games services by means of the internet; entertainment services, namely, providing interactive online computer games utilizing communication networks, including global communication networks.
Twitter accounts for @AlienBlackout and @Alien_Blackout were also created in September. Rumours suggest the new game could be a first-person shooter, so it’s perhaps best not to expect an Alien Isolation sequel, sadly. The Alien series has had its ups and downs when it comes to FPS action though, diving to its lowest point a few years ago with the shocking Aliens: Colonial Marines.
Where things get even more hype-inducing is that none other than videogame legend Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear series, visited 20th Century Fox exactly one week ago for something Alien-related. The official Game Awards Twitter account then responded to his message with “World will change!”.
The plot thickens…