Alien: Isolation won’t have any co-op gameplay 
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Darryn Bonthuys
January 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

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I’m pretty psyched for Alien: Isolation after seeing that reveal last week. After all, anything would be better than having another dose of run ‘n gun colonial marine action, no matter who the developer is. It’s starting to look like the kind of game that plays up on those fears of solitude. Which is precisely why it won’t have any co-op features.

Developer Creative Assembly were considering with tossing that feature into Alien: Isolation, but quickly double-mouth killed that idea in favour of creating a proper single-player experience in which gamers would be hunted by the murderous and throbbing hard Xenomorph

“It’s very much about a single player experience,” creative lead Al Hope said to RPS.

We did think about it, it’s not like we never considered it – and we had some pretty neat ideas around that. But for us the focus always was that single player experience.

And I think because you have this dynamic alien and it’s about the player’s choices while they play it, it does mean that you can go back and try different stuff out. So I think there is a lot of scope to have players go back and do things differently.

Adding to that acid blood-spurting everywhere in your hair train of thought, UI lead Jon McKellan mentioned that the game would never have you feeling like you had a numbers advantage on the accursed face-molesters. “I think that as soon as you up the amount of humans then you’re no longer as ‘outnumbered,’” McKellan said.

You know, if you had two or three humans facing up against one alien it’s a completely different experience where you’re working together to overcome it rather than just trying to survive. It just felt better to leave it single player.

There’s no doubt that Alien: Isolation is taking a few ideas from games such as Amnesia and Slender, but dammit, it’s good move that makes my chest pound rather heavily with excitement.

Oh crap, not again…

Because he's the writer that Lazygamer deserves, but not the one it actually needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can't take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a loud-mouthed journalist, a watchful procrastinator. A dork knight.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    #foreverSP!

    • RinceThis2014

      You called?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        What a horrible collection of trolls. What bridge did they crawl out from under?

      • TiMsTeR1033

        Who all came? I see him OVG, Rocky, Trevor, Eyeliner John, Of course you Nick who the other guys?

      • oVg

        OVG in the middle :P

        • RinceThis2014

          HAHAHAHA!

  • oVg

    Nothing will beat this version.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Slpmy8HI5-s

    • Hammersteyn

      Good times man, good times.

    • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

      AI is probably smarter than those in Colonial Marines too.

    • RinceThis2014

      Man this game was so awesome.

  • Hammersteyn

    There’s no way after AC Marines that this can be any worse. Hopefully that pounding in your chest is just heartburn Darryn.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yV_OBybZ00

    • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

      Spaceballs ftw.

  • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

    Dammit!

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Will there be MP included in this game? I mean SP is great and all, but I want a proper retake on the action from AVP games, instead just marines vs aliens! would be kickass, and make it that every light source can be taken out and make the MP levels and Sp levels feel dark and sense of feeling truly alone!

    • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

      The big dreams we all have for an Alien game.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I have a feeling they will impress us!

        • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

          I hope so. I really do.

  • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

    We need a dedicated Predator game. That’s all I’m thinking.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      No thanks… I got tired of being a predator in AVP games..

      • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

        That’s because it wasn’t properly done.

        • TiMsTeR1033

          They should make one then like the new Predator movie.. That would be fun. Hunt down elite hunters from earth, and also get to play as the hunters.

          • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

            Oh yes. That would work. Classic, Tracker, Falconer and Berserker Predators, just like in the movie. First Predator is still my favourite of the bunch though.

          • RinceThis2014

            Loved the first movie. Wonder why they haven’t brought it back (And NO, I don’t mean the steaming pile of shit called AvP)

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            What about the Predators movie that was released a few years ago? It wasn’t bad.

          • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

            Liked that one actually.

          • RinceThis2014

            Mmm, not in the same league as the first though.

          • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

            No, but certainly wasn’t bad.

          • RinceThis2014

            definitely not bad, but also not GET IN THE CHOPPER!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            GET TO DA CHOPPA!

            Get it right :P

          • RinceThis2014

            :P where is Little John?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Sherwood Forest?

          • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

            Second one wasn’t too great though.

    • RinceThis2014

      What you said. Damn that would be cool.

  • Lord Chaos

    I feel this is passably a good thing. A little bit more excited now.

  • Brenz

    Good move definitely, wouldnt be scary at all if you could play with someone else.
    Real tension is when you know you are alone.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    See Deadspace? Co-op kills horror

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      As an action game, how was it? Hit or miss?

      I loved DS1 and 2.

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        No clue. Didn’t play DS3 as all the co-op focus and microtransactions isn’t my scene. I enjoy SP games more than co-op or MP

        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          I concur!

      • RinceThis2014

        As an action game a lot of fun. Not as a horror though.

    • Kromas

      I could not finish it in single player it was way too boring.Co-op was the only reason I even finished it. But yeah co-op sucks in horror games. (specially when QTEs are involved (looking at you RE))

  • RockMossel2014

    Am I the only one around here that find co-op to be a little boring. It’s much more fun playing against humans!

    • James Bauer

      It’s a completely different formula. You have fun playing against humans, whereas co-op isn’t about playing against anyone – it’s about working together. I find competitive mp to get boring much faster than co-op mp.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    Ok. A little late on the take here but I JUST caught what the header image meant now. I laughed harder than I should have

  • Kromas

    Still waiting till 3 month after release before considering buying this …. unless they drop the SEGA brand or release a fully playable demo months before release.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      They should indeed have a playable demo before release of this, make people want it.

      • Kromas

        And to ensure it is not a failure like Colonial Stormtroopers again.