Just as with the many sucky Warhammer 40,000 titles out there, the Aliens franchise has also been underserved by gaming developers for ages. But as modern technology advances and many developers learn from the mistakes of the past, these legendary IPs are finally getting their just due.
When it comes to the Alien franchise in particular, they had a couple of good titles as of late, with Alien: Isolation and Aliens: Fireteam Elite among them.
Well, developer Tindalos Interactive looks to make their own foray into the Alien universe with its upcoming squad-based action game, ‘Aliens: Dark Descent.’ In this game, you’ll lead your marines in real-time to stop a new and terrifying kind of Xenomorph outbreak on Moon Lethe.
You’ll drop into an original Alien story and lead a squad of marines in real-time combat against the deadliest creature mankind has ever faced. Get a first look at the Aliens: Dark Descent experience awaiting you on Moon Lethe with this unnerving World Premiere Reveal Trailer, as we follow a squad of Colonial Marines during a recon mission.
In ‘Aliens: Dark Descent,’ you can explore the horrors and wonders of the Alien universe like never before, immersing yourself in a brand new Alien storyline that introduces a new threat and a cast of new marines to the iconic horror franchise. Uncover planet Lethe’s sinister secret, battle against an onslaught of iconic Xenomorph creatures and put an end to this new menace.
You can individually recruit, gear up, and customize your squad of marines with an extensive arsenal of weapons, armor, and special abilities while exploring, as enemies will adapt their tactics to your actions to hunt you down.
When you’re ready, you can embark on high stakes missions in treacherous territory, all the while gathering resources to fix up the stranded Otago spacecraft and researching tech upgrades for your crew. Players will command a squad as one unit thanks to intuitive controls, allowing their marines to automatically prioritize and execute complex actions in real-time, based on their respective skill sets and the environment around them.
Navigate levels strategically, making sure to leverage the persistent and reactive environments to your advantage by sealing off checkpoints, unlocking shortcuts, or creating safe zones. But be cautious and monitor each marines’ vitals – for any who falls in combat, death is permanent.
Anticipate, think fast, and act faster to outwit the lethal creatures from the deeper hive. Will you make it out alive? Check out the trailer below:
“We are honored to partner with 20th Century Studio and Disney to work on a new project from this emblematic franchise, and to team up with our excellent partners at Tindalos Interactive. Their expertise, talent and passion for the license will make Aliens: Dark Descent an iconic new chapter in the Alien series.” John Bert, Managing Director at Focus Entertainment.
“The entire team at Tindalos is dedicated to delivering a gaming experience faithful to the spirit of the Alien franchise, and adding its own, never-seen-before elements to this iconic universe. The gameplay we have developed is unique, inspired from our favorite tactical and CRPG games and packaged in nerve-wracking, real-time action. Translating from film to our game the sheer terror caused by the deadliest species known to man was quite a challenge, but I’m confident most of you will end up in strung-out shape – as Hicks himself would say.” Romain Clavier, CEO & Creative Director at Tindalos Interactive
“We’re excited to continue expanding upon the beloved Alien franchise with a deeper single-player story experience thanks to the bright minds from our friends at Focus and Tindalos” said Luigi Priore, vice president at Disney, Pixar & 20th Games. “Fans of the franchise should be excited to jump into a new genre experience and a new tactically thrilling gameplay offering unlike any of our previous Alien game titles”.
Here Are Some Key Features:
- Face off in a gripping original Alien story against iconic Xenomorph creatures ranging from Facehuggers to Praetorians, Alien Queens and many more, including rogue human commandos and a brand-new threat unique to this Alien storyline
- Lead strategically and change squad tactics from mission to mission, carefully managing your soldiers’ health, resources, and sanity, to avoid permanent team losses and mental breakdowns
- Forge unique paths for survival in a persistent world, uncovering shortcuts, creating safe zones and setting up motion trackers to stay one step ahead of these creatures
- Assemble and level up squads composed of 5 starting Marines classes, with dozens of specializations, unique abilities and weapons.
‘Aliens: Dark Descent’ is coming to the PC in 2023.