Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver will appear in Sega’s survival horror stealth game “Alien: Isolation.” Weaver appeared in the blockbuster 1979 "Alien" film and three sequels -- “Aliens,” “Alien 3” and “Alien Resurrection” -- as the main protagonist, Ellen Ripley.
Along with five other characters from the films, Weaver, 64, will star in two downloadable bonus missions that allow players to relive two classic scenes from the original "Alien" movie.
“Working with the original cast has been an incredible experience,” said Alistair Hope, creative lead on “Alien Isolation,” in a press statement. “It was important to us to have the key original cast members reprise their roles in order to perfectly capture the atmosphere of the movie. For some of the original cast, this is their first appearance in an ‘Alien’ video game. Seeing them reprise those roles after 35 years was an unforgettable experience.”
Weaver has ample experience with aliens, monsters, ghosts and science fiction. Besides "Alien," she's starred in "Ghostbusters," "The Cabin in the Woods," "Paul" and "WALL-E."
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“Alien: Isolation” is in development by Creative Assembly and will be published by Sega. The title will launch Oct. 7 this year for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.
The first-person game takes place in 2137, 15 years after the events of the original “Alien” film. Players will take on the role of Amanda, who is investigating the disappearance of her mother, Ellen Ripley, the original film’s protagonist.
“We went back and watched the original movie and realized there was so much we were missing. So, we watched it again and again. We really wanted to get it right,” Jude Bond, the game’s lead artist, told IBTimes during E3 last month.
“Obviously, we want people to be scared,” Bond said. “But we also want people to connect to the game on an emotional level.”
Main character Amanda has many skills: She is able to hide in lockers from the alien. She can also hold her breath so the creature can’t hear her. Amanda can use her motion-tracking device to detect the alien nearby, but it's risky, since the noise the machine makes can also clue the creature in to her exact location.
Given that the “Alien” film franchise is well known for featuring independent, powerful women, Sigourney Weaver’s appearance in the bonus downloadable content is a pretty cool feature of the game.
“Obviously, with ‘Alien,’ you’re going to have a strong female character,” Bond told us.
If you pre-order “Alien: Isolation,” you'll get a free upgrade to the Nostromo Edition, which includes the bonus content “Crew Expendable.” Users can choose one of three surviving crew members, only moments after Brett’s death at the jaws of the creature in the 1979 film. As Ellen Ripley, Dallas or Parker, players can explore the Nostromo from habitation deck down through engineering, coordinating their efforts with Lambert and Ash to lure the alien into the ship’s airlock.
Creative Assembly also revealed that buyers who pre-order at GameStop will receive “Last Survivor,” a DLC that follows Ripley as she tries to escape on the Narcissus. Players must navigate their way back down through the Nostromo in order to activate the self-destruct sequence, before retracing their steps back to the Narcissus shuttle.