Alien Isolation's xenomorph: “This is an enemy that you need to avoid at all costs”

Making Alien: Isolation's xenomorph

The years haven’t been kind to Xenomorphs. The Aliens vs Predator films made them utterly disposable, Prometheus made them the product of goo and Colonial Marines made them mentally subnormal and suicidal.

So Creative Assembly have a lot of work to do in Alien: Isolation, making the single xenomorph as terrifying as we remember it to be from the original film. The latest developer diary explains the design approach Creative Assembly have taken in regards to the iconic monster.

It really does sound like the team understands the xenomorph, and how it became such a horror icon. Isolation’s xenomorph won’t be scripted. Designer Gary Napper reveals that some encounters with the alien have last for 30 minutes, and that can’t be done with scripted behaviour. Players would be able to exploit patterns, so the creature needs to be a dynamic hunter, using active senses to stalk its prey.

“This is an enemy that you need to avoid at all costs,” says Al Hope, creative lead. “Even if you find a gun, your first thought is going to be ‘If I fire this, will the alien hear it?’” It’s a game where the team never wants you to relax or feel safe. 

Our Steve took the game for a spin a couple of months ago, and it sounded like Creative Assembly has, so far, manages to make the xenomorph a predator to be feared. “Alien: Isolation unpussifies one of the most cruelly declawed monsters in cinema and embraces the challenge of creating a non-combative yet still impactful experience inside a faithfully recreated and beautifully rendered universe.”

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3 Years ago

Are there going to be enemies you don't need to avoid then? Normal run-and-gun combat with, erm, androids or Weyland Yutani goons could really trash the tension. Apologies if the video explains this, I won't be able to watch it until tonight.

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3 Years ago

My first thought would be that there aren't because as you say. It could trash the tension and they seem to really want to build that. On the other hand though, the scare to fire a gun because the alien might hear it doesn't make a lot of sense if your only enemy is the alien.

Either way. They do not mention any other enemy's in the video.

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3 Years ago

Maybe the gun comment was a slip-up, that we are introduced to something different altogether. I any way it made me think as well, I really hope we won't have the immersion broken by some stupid gunfights.

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3 Years ago

Im fucking terrified of this...

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