In what seems to be an ongoing trend in the video game industry; fans have responded rather poorly to FoxNext's announcement earlier this week that the next Alien game starring Amanda Ripley is a mobile game called Alien: Blackout. But fans should know that Fox confirmed Alien: Blackout is not a sequel to Alien: Isolation.
While the business of game development is intricate, most fans are just looking for either the next big thing or a sequel to the last big thing. This was the case when FoxNext began teasing a new Alien project starring Amanda Ripley. Her last video game appearance in 2014's Alien: Isolation was critically-acclaimed albeit commercially disappointing. The survival horror game was released on PC and consoles and featured a detailed map and lone Xenomorph players were encouraged to outsmart rather than defeat.
By contrast, Blackout is a mobile game for iOS and Android that appears to be set in the same Alien universe but with a mechanic that looks like the passive horror gameplay of Five Night's at Freddy's. Fans took to this announcement the same way gamers reacted to Blizzard's Diablo Immortal mobile game announcement. Which is to say not very well.
Fox appears to be trying to assuage fans. In a statement to MSPowerUser, it was revealed that Blackout is "not related to or a sequel" to Alien: Isolation. The two games merely share Amanda Ripley as a protagonist.
Furthermore, the official Alien Twitter account tweeted that there are more announcements to come "very soon." The tweet had the hashtags #AmandaRipley and #ReadPlayWATCH, which appears to be FoxNext's official tagline.
Eurogamer previously reported that Alien: Isolation 2 is not in the pipeline at Creative Assembly, and that the only known Alien console project is over at FoxNext's Cold Iron Studios. But that game is apparently an online multiplayer shooter set in the Alien cinematic universe.
Alien: Isolation unfortunately never sold too well, clocking in about 2 million total sales. Perhaps Fox will have better luck getting Amanda Ripley to the masses through mobile before letting her headline her own console game again?