Alien: Isolation Reunites Original 1979 Alien Cast in Pre-Order Bonus - Update

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Alien: Isolation Reunites Original 1979 Alien Cast in Pre-Order Bonus - Update

Alien: Isolation Pre-Order

Play as Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and the rest of the crew of the Nostromo in the bonus "Crew Expendable" mission.

Update: Like the idea of playing as classic Ripley but don't want to pre-order? No problem. On the game's Facebook page, it was confirmed that the special DLC will also be released at a later date.

Original Story: Alien: Isolation is supposed to mark a return to the ideals of the original films. That means lots of creeping around, with only the blips from the motion tracker and your beating heart for company. Thus, it's only fitting that Creative Assembly should also get the cast of the original 1979 Alien to reprise their roles for a series of bonus missions. The only catch is that you'll have to pre-order the game first.

Any pre-orders automatically get upgraded to the "Nostromo Edition", which includes access to the special "Crew Expendable" mission. This bonus feature follows the original movie right after Brett's memorable death scene. After that, you'll have to lure the xenomorph through the Nostromo and try to flush it out the airlock. If you pre-order from GameStop, you'll also get "Last Survivor", which has the player work their way back through the ship to activate the self-destruct sequence before high-tailing it back out again.

It wasn't just Sigourney Weaver who returned, but most of the original crew. Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), and Yaphet Kotto (Parker). Only Ian Holm's likeness will be used for Ash, and a sound-alike will speak his lines.
"Working with the original cast has been an incredible experience," said Alistair Hope, the Creative Lead. "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."

Right now Sega says that these missions will be pre-order only, it's always possible that they'll return later as DLC.

Alien: Isolation will launch on October 7th for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

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That's wonderful. The ability to essentially play through the entire first movie, with most of the original cast reprising their roles is a wonderful preorder incentive. Far better than what we've gotten lately, especially with colonial marines.

I will vote with my wallet and not buy the game at all then.

Fuck pre-order bonuses and day 1 DLC,will not be buying anything that has them.

That seems a tad bit unreasonable no? It is clear that they have at least tried with this incentive, getting the original cast themselves to reprise their roles and allow us to experience Alien in a new way instead of just watching it. I don't like manipulative preorder dlc either, but this sounds like they actually care and, if I had to have such dlc, I'd rather it be of this quality than "preorder today and get multiplayer skins!"

This is quite cool. Given how quite cool it is I can't see it staying as a pre-order bonus only. I refuse to pre-order any game in case it turns out to be crap so I hope this eventually becomes DLC. If it does and the game doesn't suck, I'm probably be all over it.

Fuck this. Pre-orders should be illegal, you want me to spend money on a product that I have no way to discern the quality of except your word? Fuck off. I'm actually really annoyed about this as it actually looks like something I would buy at full price if it got good reviews.

Bait-and-switch preorder bullshit.

I guess Sega figured they'd need to pull out all the stops to convince people to preorder this time around huh?

Oh fuck right the hell of with this pre-order bull. There's a snowball's chance in hell of my buying this now.

When we never get another alien game and have to settle with always being space marines, you can just thank yourselves for acting irrationally.

Efrit_:
I don't like manipulative preorder dlc either, but this sounds like they actually care and, if I had to have such dlc, I'd rather it be of this quality than "preorder today and get multiplayer skins!"

You are missing the point, this move means anyone who is waiting to make an actual informed purchase will get an incomplete game.

Fuck that shit.

The complete game is the story of Amanda Ripley, not her mother or the original crew. With people being able to just watch the movie itself if they miss or ignore this preorder dlc just further proves my point that you guys are overreacting. We've seen gameplay, it is fondly spoke of by those who have played it, and it has quite clearly been made with love. Now, that they wish to offer a little bonus for those with faith in them or on the edge, you guys are lambasting them as if they are EA or Activision, who I could understand some vitriol being thrown at for their practices.

Two missions, which give you a chance to experience Alien in another way, are what is being offered here. Creative did not have to do this, in fact they could've included multiplayer from colonial marines and called it a day, offering map packs or skins like offering a rotten rabbit to a hound.

Oh look, more held back content to be sold as DLC later. And there goes my sale. F 'em.

You can bet theyll sell it as dlc.

Turn down more money? Nonsense!

Yes, let's all uprise against the evil dictators called Creative Assembly. This is why we cannot have nice things. Here's a clue: dlc existed before consoles, in the form of so called expansion packs, and the future will continue this trend. But instead of an Alien game, we will have more space shooters trying to be call of duty.

I don't see people's problem with this. Instead of offering a discount on the game as a pre-order sales incentive, they offer a complete discount on additional content for the game, the lack of which in no way impacts the main experience of the game.

If you don't want to take the risk to buy it early, you're still ending up with the same experience as anyone else, and if you really enjoy it there's some added stand-alone content you will most likely be able to buy to complement that experience if you want.

Oh Ok, just leave parts out of the game unless you pre-order. Fuck that noise. I don't care if it's cosmetic crap, or a map, or magazine, or whatever, but cutting up a game already to prepare it for DLC is a dick move. I can't even pre-order anymore because I don't trust any of these fucking scum bag publishers.

Oh look, more held back content to be sold as DLC later. And there goes my sale. F 'em.

WHAT? The game is based on events set on another location set way after the events of the original movie and stars a different character set. This DLC is by definition a proper bonus for those willing to show faith in the game. They have gone to the trouble of getting the original actors back to reprise their original movie roles so as to give players the chance to experience the original Alien movie from a totally new point of view. This clearly isn't stuff cut from the original game to be sold as DLC it is a proper bonus and it sounds like it has taken a bit of work to do.

In fact it has pretty much sold me on pre ordering the game.

This has nothing to do with the main game. They're essentially giving people who pre-order something EXTRA which is not cosmetic crap, weapons, costumes, or bullshit that could've been included in the first place. It's an actual EXPANSION.
They didn't cut up the game and keep this to bait people to pre-order, god damn it.

Once again, The Escapist's community overreacts without reading everything through.

Efrit_:
Yes, let's all uprise against the evil dictators called Creative Assembly. This is why we cannot have nice things. Here's a clue: dlc existed before consoles, in the form of so called expansion packs, and the future will continue this trend. But instead of an Alien game, we will have more space shooters trying to be call of duty.

Alright back up tiger, there is no comparison here. Expansion packs actually added a lot to the game, and normally came out over a year after the game. I don't have a problem with DLC, if it's good, I may get it. This is nothing like that. Imagine if Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne had been finished before launch and had been withheld. Thats just dirty. The idea of DLC/expansions should be, our game was successful, got good reviews and lots of people play it, lets make some more content to sell to them. Not, we're making this game, and this bit here we'll try and sell to you later.

Imagine this turn of events....

Estate Agent:Buy this house now and get a free en-suite bathroom with it.

Me: Cool, sounds like a good deal, can I see the house?

Agent: No, we're still building it.

Me: Okay, I'll look at it when you're done and then I may buy it.

Agent: Then you won't get the bathroom. That'll be extra money after if you don't buy now.

Me: So how do I know the whole house won't be shit?

Agent: You don't, but you get a free bathroom so can't you see we're trying really hard to get you to engage in this terrible business model?

Nazulu:
Oh Ok, just leave parts out of the game unless you pre-order. ...cutting up a game already to prepare it for DLC is a dick move.

The game follows Amanda Ripley (Ellen's daughter) searching the space station Sevastopol for the Nostromo's flight recorder so she can hopefully learn what happened to her mother.

The pre-orer bonus(es) follow (I assume) Ellen Ripley on the Nostromo hunting an alien so it won't kill her. Cut this out and Amanda's story (i.e. Isolation's plot) is still complete.

How is that cutting up a game!? By your logic we should be yelling at EA more for not packaging Mark of the Assassin with Dragon Age 2 (another example: ME2 and Lair of the Shadow Broker). Bethesda should get rage-filled letters for holding back Dawnguard and Dragonborn to sell for more money. Those DLCs are stand-alone stories just like this pre-order bonus.

kael013:

Nazulu:
Oh Ok, just leave parts out of the game unless you pre-order. ...cutting up a game already to prepare it for DLC is a dick move.

The game follows Amanda Ripley (Ellen's daughter) searching the space station Sevastopol for the Nostromo's flight recorder so she can hopefully learn what happened to her mother.

The pre-orer bonus(es) recreate the second half of the first film. Cut this out and Amanda's story (i.e. Isolation's plot) is still complete.

How is that cutting up a game!? By your logic we should be yelling at EA more for not packaging Mark of the Assassin with Dragon Age 2 (along with ME2's Lair of the Shadow Broker). Bethesda should get rage-filled letters for holding back Dawnguard and Dragonborn to sell for more money. Those DLCs are stand-alone stories just like this pre-order bonus.

Nah, it's all just a giant load. If they can put it in, they should, not exclude unless this or that. Of course they say it's separate, but this whole working on DLC before the damn game is even released is part of a big problem being that the game could be for better value, and I hate it even more that it will be only available when you pre-order. Like I said, I can't pre-order because all the crap I've been through before, so I'll I'm really miffed when I have to miss out on something because I want to play it safe and wait for more reviews and to see it for myself.

And anyone else planning to say the same thing, save your breath because I 'believe' it's bullshit. Just another tactic and another lie.

Brett and Parker? That could get me over the line. I can dig Yaphet Koto's scene.

oh look its colonial marines all over again.

I am sick to death of this pre-order bullshit. It would be like ripping out those two bonus levels at the end of Golden Eye to sell back at launch. Two vastly different environments that have nothing to do with the main story, instead being inspired by locations from the old movies and unlocked through good old fashion perseverance. I was mildly optimistic that stuff like this would die out but now I see what inaction has wrought, again.

Friends are all big alien fans who always look forward to games based on the property. I always tell them its going to be crap and I'm always proven right, and this game is no different.

Lol at those complaining about pre-orders, the game will almost certainly have way bigger problems than such minor things.
I mean if you think the game is going to be crap hence why you don't trust pre-ordering it...than why do you care anyway?

andago:
I don't see people's problem with this. Instead of offering a discount on the game as a pre-order sales incentive, they offer a complete discount on additional content for the game, the lack of which in no way impacts the main experience of the game.

If you don't want to take the risk to buy it early, you're still ending up with the same experience as anyone else, and if you really enjoy it there's some added stand-alone content you will most likely be able to buy to complement that experience if you want.

Well I believe the problem stems from what you call "additional content". The game isn't out yet, there is hardly any gameplay footage, and yet they have a full part of the game featuring all the nostalgia grabs possible, but it's sold separately (or purchased through a pre-order). It reeks of being a business decision, an idea solely for creating a separate piece for people to buy. Its packaged with the pre-order in an attempt to give the appearance that they are throwing you, the consumer, a bone. They want your money now without anything in return, so they create content like this to make it seem like you are getting something in return, and to make more off of the people playing the game later on. I think people's distaste for this comes from this content being made solely to make more money now and later.

That and the fact that any sort of DLC, especially pre-order stuff before a game comes out is bullshit designed to take as much money as they can out of your pocket as soon as they can with no regard for the base game itself being as expansive, complete, and full featured as possible.

This all may come off a little ranty, it stems from an extreme disdain for corporate greed, of which Creative Assembly is the fucking paragon of. Its tough to adequately explain how gross Rome 2 was in its DLC and business moves with a broken game as its base. As a long time total war fan, I can claim with certainty, CA don't give a fuck bout the people! They care about making money from games, not about making games.

Dang, I really don't like this, the only way I'll be playing this game now is on a humble bundle sale where I can donate everything to charity and the humble guys instead. This should have just been an access pass like ME2's zaeed mission. You get it if you paid for it, and it's 10 bucks if you buy used. It was perfect. Instead what this stinks of to me is the game is going to be bad and they are trying to get as many first sales as possible before it flops.

Lots of good comments on both sides of the fence specifically regarding this pre-order bonus, but my interest did honestly drop when I read the news. It's not about what's right or wrong, or what's a bonus and what isn't; I just don't have the patience for this bullshit any more.

Incentive, bonus, DLC, whatever people want to call it, I no longer have the time nor the tolerance to wade through the stupidity of marketing tactics. This is just like any other game to me now, so I'll wait a year and buy it for pennies on the dollar.

pre-order and store-exclusive bonuses? All of my interest just went out the window.

Might pick it up for dirt cheap if that happens, but otherwise I think I'll pass. I just don't want to deal with all of this exclusive bullshit. Either have DLC that everyone can buy, or don't have DLC. I'd prefer it if we went back to the old model of expansions tbh because this DLC bullshit is getting tiring.

this all sounds very neat and it does give you something to think about but i rather like to know how much the DLC would cost. the game could be still horrible but if not, then i gladly would purchase the DLC since they did take their time to get the crew together.

Knowing The Creative Assembly this is going to be a terrible game and the pre-order bullshit is just confirming that for me. Anyone still remember Rome 2 and how awesome that looked before the release? I actually let myself get swept away by the hype and pre-ordered that nonsense, never again you worthless shits, never again.

stormeris:
I will vote with my wallet and not buy the game at all then.

Fuck pre-order bonuses and day 1 DLC,will not be buying anything that has them.

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Just wait. Its what the game industry encourages without thinking. This does sound like a cool mission but its still DLC tact on to a game that should have it sold with the base game.

I'll pre-order this, not for the DLC but for the fact it's something new that looks interesting. Glad to see I'll get a little bonus even though it's no loss to those that want to wait .

This might be an enjoyable bit of DLC. I'll probably find out in a year or two when I snag the pre order bonus and the DLC on a steam sale for $20 or so.

Nazulu:
Nah, it's all just a giant load. If they can put it in, they should, not exclude unless this or that. Of course they say it's separate, but this whole working on DLC before the damn game is even released is part of a big problem being that the game could be for better value...

Yet there comes a point when the game has to be submitted for mass production (going gold). At that point the game is put onto discs in the millions. This process takes months, during which time the devs can't do anything more with the game; it's done, ready to be played. So they work on something else. I don't know what they used to do, start work on another game or an expansion pack I guess, but nowadays that time is spent making DLC that can be sold soon after release thus riding the release hype.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_release_life_cycle

and I hate it even more that it will be only available when you pre-order.
And anyone else planning to say the same thing, save your breath because I 'believe' it's bullshit. Just another tactic and another lie.

Since I've been defending this let me just say this part I agree with. I like that devs spend that downtime during manufacturing to create more content for a game but pre-order only is a pain in the ass (especially retail exclusive pre-order).

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