Fans of the Alien franchise can once again rejoice. According to the official Alien Twitter account (@AlienAnthology), a new game starring Amanda Ripley appears to be on the horizon for 2019 (in January, specifically. Of course, this could all be some sort of swerve as the details are presented in a very sketchy manner with only a closing tag line hinting at the format. Welcome to viral marketing in the new year.
The two videos (tweets can be seen below) appear to give a quick rundown of the ill-fated Nostromo and its violent disappearance but with a bit of a twist. The “hero” being referenced is Amanda Ripley, the daugher of the Alien films protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and also the star of the 2014 video game released by Sega, Alien: Isolation. While not necessarily a huge financial and critical success (or disaster), an Alien: Isolation sequel does seem to be the purpose of these teaser videos, though it’s not entirely clear. The videos end with the cryptic crawl “Read. Play. Watch.”, with the term “play” seemingly implying that a game is what will be announced. But then again, this theory is not spelled out explicitly so the anticipation is causing quite the uproar with Alien fans everywhere.