Alien: Blackout, the next video game set in the hit Alien film franchise, has finally been unveiled. The game was first discovered via a trademark filing from 20th Century Fox late last year, and hints suggested an appearance at The Game Awards last month. However, the game did not make an appearance, and was officially revealed earlier today as a mobile game coming to Android and iOS devices on January 24, 2019.
Alien: Blackout stars the daughter of the film franchise’s Ellen Ripley and 2014’s Alien: Isolation’s protagonist Amanda Ripley. The game is also set to take place between the original Alien film and its sequel Aliens. Unlike Alien: Isolation, which was developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega, Alien: Blackout is being developed by a trio of studios including FoxNext, Rival Games, and Theory Interactive, and is being published by D3 Go! the publisher behind mobile titles such as Marvel Puzzle Quest. Thus, Alien: Blackout is not the video game entry in the franchise that is currently under development by Cold Iron Studios.
Alien: Blackout also appears to have gameplay similar to the hit horror franchise Five Nights at Freddy’s. According to the game’s official description, players will protect Ripley and her crew from a Xenomorph aboard a crippled space station by using the ship’s remaining power to use “a holographic map, surveillance cameras, and motion tracker.” The game will have seven different “fear inducing” levels for players to get the crew to survive through. The description also suggests the game will have multiple different endings for players to discover as players can risk the sacrifice of crew members with the caveat that “every decision can lead to a different conclusion.”