We talk to Creative Assembly about the difficulties the team had in creating the cult classic Alien: Isolation. How they pitched the project to SEGA, went through a challenging perspective change and brought Ridley Scott's Alien back to life.
For the love of god, please give me a sequel. Best survival horror game this gen.
On a semi-related note, Alien Isolations AI for the Xeno is the best AI I've seen in a game. I'm glad the devs put so many resources into it alone. I saw a video a while back explaining how they made the AI to make the xeno an independent entity. It's always searching the map. It doesn't just despawn. It's just in another room or another section of the map. If you hear it in the ducts above the map in a random room, it's actually there. It uses sight and sound to actively search for humans. It also learns from the player and adapts if they tend to do the same chit. It searches in ducts and under tables if that's your go to, it learns to work around flamethrowers if you overuse that to fight it off, (etc...). On top of all that, it's quicker than you so you cant outrun it and it is always a one hit kill if it gets its hands on you. Insane AI and it's legit what I expected from next gen back when the XO and PS4 were launching. Devs just don't put that kind of effort in. No matter how many playthroughs I've had, that thing has never gotten predictable. I've never gotten comfortable with it.
Meanwhile, a AAA dev like Capcom makes Mr. X, who comes off straight up retarded when compared to the Xeno.
Game had it's problems, like Alien going full retard from time to time and it's A.I. getting help by binding creature to u, writing as far as characters go was not that great(the story(if u look into station workers computer files) it self wasn't actually bad at all) but it is clearly such a labor of love.
Playing it on hard and up makes human encounters very realistic that adds to "actually stuck for 30 hours on the space station with fucking Alien feel", GFX is fucking amazing and when it has it's moments - IT HAS IT'S fucking moments. Switch version is just a jawdroppin port.
People should support games like this. It is maybe junky in some parts, but so far removed from being a cynical, corporate generic crap our industry shits out these days.
Alien appears about 2,5 hours into the game.
But it needs to be repeated that u shouldn't play it on lower then hard difficulty n Read shit on computers. This all ll make those hours pretty great n then Alien appears n u r fucked...unless it ll have aneurism moment, when those happen it's pure comedy gold)