The new Alien: Blackout game isn’t winning over fans
The video game community is upset that the game will be offered as a mobile version
Alien: Isolation was a hit with the video game community when it was released in 2014. Gamers patiently waited for the arrival of the sequel, and were excited when rumblings began that the next title was in the works. Since being announced, Alien: Blackout was expected to continue the saga; however, fans of the game are going to be greatly disappointed. Not only is it not a continuation, it isn’t even going to be offered for gaming platforms.
Alien: Blackout will be a mobile-based game, available for Android and iOS devices. The games PR firm, FortySeven, says that it will definitely include Amanda Ripley, but that it won’t be a sequel to the previous version. FortySeven said in a statement, “[Blackout] is a standalone game that shares Amanda Ripley as a main character but is not related to or a sequel of Isolation.”
The move hasn’t made fans of the original game happy. One likened the decision to a “Five Nights at Freddy’s clone, stating on Twitter, “Imagine having the absolute success that is Alien Isolation, gaining critical fame and praise. Only for them to make a Five Nights at Freddies [sic] clone on mobile with Alien Blackout. What the **** are you doing?”
DrunkRufie points to the announcement trailer on YouTube as the perfect indication of fan sentiment. That video has just 526 likes and more than 19,000 dislikes.
Yet another, RandomAnimator, said that now “Alien fans know how Diablo fans felt during BlizzCon when Diablo: Immortal was announced for mobile.”
While mobile devices have come a long way, they still are weak compared to gaming consoles. As the old adage goes – and one that Alien developers apparently have never heard – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.