Alien: Blackout Isn't a Sequel to Alien: Isolation

Alien: Blackout Isn't a Sequel to Alien: Isolation

More Alien projects to come, Fox says.

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?

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Read this next

Total War Studio Creative Assembly Could be Developing Its Own Hero Shooter

It might veer towards stealth and sci-fi as well.

All the Other Nintendo Switch Games Coming Out, From Spyro to Alien: Isolation

Nintendo had a lot of games to announce, so much that they had to do it in a sizzle reel.

Alien: Blackout Probably Isn't the Alien Game You Wanted

Blackout is a mobile game set between Alien and Aliens.

Narrative Paramedics: Meet the Writers Called in to Patch Up Games

INSIDE THE WRITING IN GAMES | "Writers, in general, are not hired soon enough in the process and I think that is one thing that all game writers would probably agree on."

The 8 Creepiest Locations in Horror Games

These less-than-friendly locales make your knees weak when you even think about them.

Could Other Alien Movies Make a Great Video Game, Too?

Alien: Isolation does an amazing job of transforming the original Alien into a video game. Could its sequels hold up to the same treatment?

More News

Destiny 2's Console Players Are Having a Fun, Disastrous Time Switching to PC

Turns out there are some differences between the platforms.

One of Epic's Flagship Exclusives is Coming to Steam

Supergiant's Hades aiming for v1.0 sometime next year.

More on Android

Pokemon Go Gen 5 List: Gen 5 Release Date, Unova Region Detailed

Here are all of the Pokemon that will make their way to Pokemon Go as part of the Gen 5 update.

Gears Pop Brings Funkos and Tactics to PC and Mobile Later This Week

If POP! and Gears are your thing, we have good news.

Call of Duty Mobile Release Date - Android, iOS, Battle Royale Details

This is our guide on Call of Duty Mobile, including the release date, platforms including Android and iOS, battle royale details, and more.

Fortnite Memorial to a Cube - How to Visit a Memorial to a Cube in the Desert or by a Lake

Here's our guide to the Fortnite cube memorial locations, within the desert and by a lake.

Epic Will Pull Fortnite's Reskinned Battle Pass Pup and Issue Refunds

The pet was just a bit too similar to another pass-exclusive puppy.

Pokemon Masters Already Has 5 Million Pre-Registrations

You get to be a Pokemon Master! And you get to be a Pokemon Master!