Alien: Isolation Is All About The Single-Player Experience
Alien: Isolation might have been the worst kept secret at the end of last year, but that didn’t prevent the official reveal from taking the internet by storm. Promising a more horror focused gameplay, Isolation is looking more and more like the Alien games fans would want to play, and the news just keeps getting better.
According to creative lead Al Hope, Alien: Isolation will be a single-player experience only and not feature any co-operative mode, as previously speculated when a listing for the game went live across various retailer websites.
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Hope spoke about what vision his team are trying to achieve with Isolation, one that centres on a focused and well thought out experience for one person to enjoy at a time.
“It’s very much about a single player experience. We did think about it, it’s not like we never considered it – and we had some pretty neat ideas around that. But for us the focus always was that single player experience. And I think because you have this dynamic alien and it’s about the player’s choices while they play it, it does mean that you can go back and try different stuff out. So I think there is a lot of scope to have players go back and do things differently.”
Lead UI art and designer Jon McKellan also chipped in, making a ver good point about how different the game would feel with more than one person taking on the single Xenomorph aboard the abandoned ship.
“I think that as soon as you up the amount of humans then you’re no longer as ‘outnumbered’. You know, if you had two or three humans facing up against one alien it’s a completely different experience where you’re working together to overcome it rather than just trying to survive. It just felt better to leave it single player.”
It’s really great to hear that Creative Assembly are focused on bringing us a single-player experience that Alien fans deserve, and not messing around with ideas for a tacked on multiplayer. It’s something that’s rare by today’s standards, but also something that usually pays off in the long run.
Alien: Isolation will release later this year on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.