That new Alien prequel featuring Amanda Ripley isn’t a movie

After various teasers over the past few weeks, details of the secret “Alien” prequel project have been revealed and unfortunately, it’s not the film or TV series that many* may have been hoping for.

What we knew was that Fox had commissioned some sort of new franchise tie-in featuring Ripley’s daughter, Amanda – who we were introduced to as an old lass in a photo in Jimbo Cameron’s dynamo “Aliens” (1986). But what they’re working on won’t be unspooling in theaters.

Instead, FoxNext Games, D3 Go!, and Rival Games have teamed for a new video game titled “Alien : Blackout”, which will be available for download on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore soon.  So, yep… you’ll be getting the next chapter in the Alien franchise on the bus ride to school, kids, or while perched up in bed, ready for the night nooze. Cool news for game fans, I imagine but not so much for those hankering to see at least one member of the Ripley family back on the big screen.

Here’s the trailer :

The official blurb says :

The terror of Alien is brought to life in Alien: Blackout. 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. 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. Survive seven fear-inducing levels by remotely guiding Amanda Ripley’s crew through increasingly challenging tasks using only the station’s emergency systems. The uncertainty and unpredictability of both the alien and her crew can impose total defeat for Amanda and the entire station. Alien: Blackout is a unique fear-inducing horror premium mobile game experience that will test the inner nerves of both Alien and horror fans alike, where life can end in an instant.

Just as film fans might have been hoping this was a new feature, game fans had been hoping for a sequel to the last “Alien” game, “Alien : Isolation”.

* I’m the many.

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