When Sega and Creative Assembly announced the “Nostromo Edition” content for everyone who pre-orders Alien: Isolation, the reaction was split between thrilled nostalgia and vehement loathing. The content itself is wonderful as it features returning cast members and a chunk of gameplay that people have wanted ever since the Alien franchise entered the gaming scene. The loathing came about thanks to the growing condemnation towards the industry obsession with pre-ordering.
At the end of the day, pre-ordering helps nobody other than publishers, so publishers try their damndest to entice gamers into parting with their money months before a title even ships.
Sega clearly felt the displeasure levelled at them for apparently gating this content behind a pre-order button. Luckily (and perhaps unsurprisingly) they’ve since released a statement that says the Nostromo content will be available for everyone at some point.
“It’s genuinely been great to see the reaction to The Crew Expendable and Last Survivor pre-order bonus content we announced yesterday and how excited you all are to re-experience those classic scenes from the original movie with our Alien. It’s been absolutely amazing for us at the Studio.
However, some of you have been asking if the two pieces of content are only available through pre-order or if we’ll be releasing them at a later date as well.
So, I can confirm today that we do plan to release both Crew Expendable and Last Survivor at a later date and we’ll have more details for you guys on that shortly.”
It’s not surprising: content that is deemed “exclusive to pre-order customers” is never exclusive. There’s no way that a publisher will sit on extra content that could be used to milk a few extra mountains of cash from a game’s late adopters. How much you’ll have to pay for the Nostromo content is anyone’s guess, but we’ll keep you updated.