Also now confirmed to include all DLC.
Alien: Isolation is a Very Good Game, and, I’d say, up there with the medium’s all-time horror greats. So the fact that it’ll be heading to Switch this year is something worth celebrating – and you can now do that while watching approximately 17 seconds of gameplay footage on the console (plus some cut-scenes), thanks to its latest trailer.
It is, as far as I can tell, the first time that we’ve been shown the actual game bits of Alien: Isolation running on Switch, so it’s a bit of a shame there isn’t more to see. Still, those 17 seconds look alright, and hopefully they’re indicative of the rest of the port too.
Anyway, for those not familiar with the game, a quick introduction; Alien: Isolation, which was developed by Creative Assembly and originally released in 2015, charts the space-bound adventures of Amanda Ripley as she attempts to track down her considerably more famous mum Ellen – portrayed by Sigourney Weaver in the movies.
That journey eventually sets her aboard the starship Sevastopol where, would you believe it, a deadly Xenomorph is on the prowl.
What follows is a sublime (if perhaps excessively lengthy) bit of stealth horror, in which players must sneak their way through the wonderfully atmospheric innards of the Sevastopol – sporting the delightfully lo-fi 70s look of the original Alien movie – in a bid to escape.
That frequently involves being hunched breathlessly in the dark (or stuffed awkwardly into a cupboard) as the Xenomorph – whose movement is unscripted and terrifyingly unpredictable – searches for a snack. It’s claustrophobic, unbearably tense stuff, even without the game’s occasional parade of malfunctioning androids, as unfailingly upbeat as they are relentless.
It was good enough, despite a few frustrating patches, to earn itself a Recommended review back in 2015, with Eurogamer contributor Dan Whitehead calling it “utterly invigorating…[delivering] some of my most tense and memorable horror gaming moments ever”.
Alien: Isolation arrives on Switch with all its originally released DLC intact, which includes additional story episodes (one of which sees Sigourney Weaver reprising her role) and a variety of maps for the game’s tense, challenge-based Survivor mode. There’s no release date for any of this yet, but the trailer says it’s still expected on Switch before the end of the year.