Sega and Creative Assembly has revealed that the cast of the original 1979 Alien film have reunited to provide their likenesses and voices to a piece of content for upcoming survival horror Alien: Isolation. That piece of content is a pre-order bonus, making this somewhat bitter-sweet.
The two-part pre-order incentive is collectively dubbed the “Nostromo Edition”. For those whose 1979 science fiction film knowledge is a bit rusty, the Nostromo is the space ship and setting from the original Alien film. The first part of the pre-order bonus is called “Crew Expendable” and sees characters Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver), Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) and Parker (Yaphet Kotto) having to work together to trap the Alien and flush it out the Nostromo’s airlock. Players will get to choose which character they want to play as, and each character will offer a different perspective on the events of “Crew Expendable”.
Gameplay will essentially be similar to what we can expect in the Alien: Isolation main game: a dynamically driven Alien AI stalking players. What makes this so special for Alien fans however, is that Creative Assembly has recreated the Nostromos for you to explore. That and all the original actors (except for Ian Holm, who played Ash) are back to reprise their roles after 35 years.
The second piece of pre-order incentive is called “Last Survivor” and puts players in the shoes of Ripley during the final events of the 1979 film. You’ll have to initiate the Nostromo’s seld-destruct sequence and get to the escape shuttle before it’s too late.
So far, the second piece of pre-order incentive is still a little murky: it’s only available from selected retailers and Sega is yet to reveal who those might be.
As wonderful as this content is, it’s been overshadowed by the very vocal condemnation of pre-order tactics. Just head on over to this Eurogamer article and read the comments to see what I’m talking about.
What are your thoughts? Is this content good enough to warrant you pre-ordering? Are you against pre-ordering entirely? Are you willing to risk missing out on this content in the hopes that it gets released in the future in some Game of the Year edition?