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Reddit users re-enable Alien: Isolation’s VR mode with unofficial patch

July 30th, 2017

Enlarge / You’d never be able to tell that a crewmate turned inside out on this very table only a few short hours ago!

Although 2014’s Alien: Isolation was a well-written, beautifully stylish exercise in terror, it failed to sell in large enough quantity for publisher Sega to justify a sequel—something for which we are all lessened, because the game is an exquisitely crafted love letter to the Alien universe. It’s also—as can be attested by numerous Youtube reaction videos—pants-wettingly terrifying.

The game was released just before the consumer versions of the Rift and Vive VR headsets became available, but it had a hidden Rift DK2-compatible gameplay mode that could be enabled by editing a configuration file. The VR mode mostly worked—the camera clips through the player’s body a lot, and folks prone to VR sickness would likely get nauseated within minutes due to the lack of any kind of VR accommodation in the game’s design, but even in its limited unsupported form the VR mode was stunning—and provided an even more terrifying experience than playing on a regular screen.

Unfortunately, the extended screen method by which Isolation’s VR mode functioned made it incompatible with the release versions of the Rift or Vive. The game’s sales figures were too low for Sega to justify bringing the coding team back together to update the feature for consumer headsets, and it would have passed into history as little more than an experimental footnote.

Except, of course, for the fan community—thanks to them, you can once again play Alien: Isolation in VR. Mostly.

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First trailer for Alien: Covenant goes for the gore

December 26th, 2016

Strap yourselves in, because Ridley Scott is trying to bring that action-packed Aliens feeling back to the Alien franchise with Covenant. Unfortunately, as you can see in the first trailer for this sequel to Prometheus, there’s a lot of cheesiness in the mix.

This is one of those red band trailers that’s so long that I worry it contains all the best scenes in the movie. We begin with an intense moment, probably late in the film, where characters are bursting with aliens (and we meet the legendary backburster neomorph–more on that in a second). Blood is everywhere! People are sweaty! The spaceship is on fire! OMG WTF!

Then we backtrack to meet our protagonists. There’s David (Michael Fassbender), the freaky-ass android from Prometheus, who has his own plinky/creepy musical score. He’s in a giant mansion all alone, the sole human-ish creature on a planet that’s about to be visited by the Covenant.

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Prometheus 2 is now Alien: Covenant, and fully part of the Alien franchise

November 16th, 2015

Enlarge / Prometheus 2 is now Alien: Covenant. Though Scott sadly missed the opportunity to continue with franchise tradition and call the movie “Prometheuses.” (credit: 20th Century Fox)

From Ridley Scott’s lips to our ears: the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus has gained yet another name. In an interview at the AFI film festival late last week, Scott casually informed the audience that the 2017 film is now known as Alien Covenant. The movie has changed names and forms multiple times over its development—growing from its egg stage as Prometheus 2, to its facehugger stage as Alien: Paradise Lost, and now chest-bursting forth as Alien: Covenant.

The name was confirmed this morning in a tweet by the official 20th Century Fox Twitter account, which not only firmly stated that the movie is part of the Alien franchise, but that it also will be released in late 2017: October 6, 2017, to be precise.

The first Prometheus film had a tortured development process, being first pitched as a straight prequel to Scott’s 1979 Alien. During development, the film swerved into less of a direct prequel and more of an origin story, giving glimpses of the enormous humanoid “Engineers” apparently responsible for the creation of the titular aliens (and who, incidentally, also seeded life here on Earth). The scary chest-bursting aliens themselves were never seen on camera—although their biological precursors had several bits of screen time.

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New Aliens movie coming from District 9, Elysium director Neill Blomkamp

February 19th, 2015

“Um…,” starts an Instagram post from writer-director-produer Neill Blomkamp, “So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien”

The post’s image is a painting by Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger in the artist’s famous airbrush style, of the movie Alien’s eponymous alien in profile, toothed tongue extended, leg raised like a dancer.

Though the Instagram post is a little light on detail, last night Variety confirmed that the message it appears to be sending—that Blomkamp will be helming a new film in the Alien franchise—is correct. Citing “sources,” Variety says that Blomkamp and 20th Century Fox have indeed closed a deal for a new Alien movie, and that the movie will be separate from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 (which is still being written while Ridley Scott films the movie version of Andy Weir’s The Martian).

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