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Time to Get Worried About That ‘Alien: Isolation’ Sequel

It’s time to get worried about that unconfirmed-but-sort-of-expected follow-up to Alien: Isolation, as Sega has recently announced their plans to cut more than 300 jobs as they shift their focus to PC and mobile development following a disappointing year. Their San Francisco office will be relocated to Southern California later this year.

This news doesn’t necessarily spell doom for the publisher’s console efforts, but it’s not good news either. It’s also worth noting that no announcement has made regarding a sequel.

In a statement issued to GameSpot, Sega Europe specifically mentioned Alien: Isolation developer Creative Assembly, which might not be affected by the transition. That’s reassuring.

Sega has had a rough time lately, and 2014 saw a massive decline in net profits from 2013. The publishing side of their business is being restructured in an effort to remedy this.

“SEGA has positioned Digital Games, particularly smartphone and PC online gaming, as a growth area and has determined to implement the following measures in order to constantly post profits by improving management efficiency while promptly promoting redistribution of management resources.”

While imperfect, Isolation is inarguably the best Alien game we’ve seen in some time. The few issues I did have with it could’ve easily been fixed by a sequel. Whether or not it’ll happen is very much in the air right now.

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22 Comments
  • concerned citizen

    Game over, man…

    • carl

      ya i dono i think it should go pc i mean it would be a more stable game to run on pc , i also think that it should go the way the movie’s went ONLY because anyone who is a gamer from the 80’s and up will understand with aliens you need a Ripley, Hudson, Hick’s, and an old school motion tracker.
      My point is who hasn’t wanted to storm lv-426 with Ripley in that egg room , the queen and wall to wall alien’s .
      as for isolation on ps3 ya it was the best aliens in a very long time , it got me a few times and as for bug’s maybe a hand full if that and they were very small thing’s , i found the sound to be very mood setting in the moment kind of sound.
      and i really think pc could take it to the next lvl and to be very honest pc has been ahead of anything else.
      anyways Aliens Colonel Marines SUCKED HUGE FURRY BALLS. sorry had to be said.

  • Conan

    Im fine with that. Atleast we got one good Alien game which is one more than we hoped to get.

  • SEGANomad

    An Isolation sequel will not be affected. The recent layoffs target Sega Japan’s arcade division, which is being scaled back due to the arcade business being not what it used to, and Sega of America’s employees who handle physical releases developed in America (Isolation is Europe) and packaged games distribution in America which is being both scaled back and streamlined. The offices are also moving, which has lead to employees voluntarily departing rather than making the move to SoCal from San Fran.

    Seeing as Isolation was a success and Sega still has the Alien license, The Creative Assembly is unaffected by the recent changes. We’ll still see a few major titles from Sega each year in addition to PC and mobile, and I definitely think more Alien games are in SEGA’s best interests.

    • Gary Wintle

      “Alien: Isolation & Sonic Boom under-performed according to management expectations.”

      The Yakuza bosses at Sammy will not be happy.

  • sliceanddice

    while a sequel would be welcomed by me and i wish all the best to the team that produces it… i don’t think we should loose sight of the fact that not every quality game needs a sequel. stand alone and proud, Alien.

    • GunsOfNavarone

      As much as I would like a sequel, I can’t help forget what happened to Dead Space 2. I know Creative Assembly said they’d retain the same atmosphere but to what degree – what could they do that wouldn’t run into familiar territory ? Another space station would be more of the same. Maybe a terraforming colony? I don’t know…

    • dude

      You make a good point! There will be more Alien games in the future in one form or another. I’m a sucker for anything in that universe. Yes, I purchased at full price and completed Aliens Colonial Marines which sucked.

  • myentourage

    Adam, what would be your one main complaint with this game? It may be the single best survival horror game I’ve ever played. I would love a sequel but I’m curious as to how you’d like them to take it.

    • GunsOfNavarone

      I ran into some minor bugs whilst I played it – silly things such as a vent door not opening when I try to open it, or a door getting stuck in scenery, but nothing I would hold against the game as they were few and far between.

      • myentourage

        Yes, I can recall some of those too. I would have to admit that I’m sort of a “newbie” in these type of games, as all I really had the time, or patience for, was sports games. But after Isolation, Evil Within (almost finished) and Last of Us (about 1/3 done), I’ve become more of a gamer. And these games are my type of game.

        As for an Isolation sequel, if done right, it could work. At the end of the game, Ripley is floating and right before it cuts to black, you see a light on her face, which I assume to be Verlane? The sequel could follow her being saved and trying to take down Weyland or something. But, not sure how much you can do if you want to keep some kind of continuity, as in Aliens, E. Ripley learns that while she was in hypersleep before being found, her daughter died and was in her ’60s.

        • GunsOfNavarone

          I think it would be along the lines of Aliens, she’s rescued by the company and discovers their first terraforming colonies have been experiments or breeding grounds for the aliens and she tries to stop it.

          While I am commenting, I thought I would recommend some more games for you, I am sure others will join in. Bioshock is a must, 2 is also good along with 3 but the first is unique. Also Dishonored and Wolfenstein The New Order. If I think of anything along the lines of The Last Of Us or The Evil Within I will add to it (I’ve completed them all).

          • myentourage

            That story could work too. As E. Ripley or Amanda?

            Appreciate the suggestions. I’ve actually looked into Bioshock, but I only have a PS4, and those games aren’t available. Same with Dishonored. I’ll check out Wolfenstein, though. Thanks!

          • GunsOfNavarone

            I was imagining it picking up with when Amanda recovers in a Weyland med lab or comes to with them doing something to her and escapes. Definitely Amanda though, there is so much room to tell more stories with her character.

            Ah in that case Metro Redux, Murdered Soul Suspect (had it’s bugs but I still enjoyed it – not terribly huge though so look out for it bargain price), Tomb Raider Definitive Edition. – I don’t know of many more as I will be picking up a PS4 when Uncharted 4 arrives, but I am mainly a PC guy. I’ve had all reiterations of previous consoles but built myself a gaming PC instead this time around. It sucks that you can’t play previous games.

  • Taboo

    I really want this sequel to happen. They should take as much time as they need to deliver us another great game.

  • William Roadman Mattingly

    I guess this is the fall of Sega.

  • Jonathan Larsson

    I don’t get Sega sometimes. This is their biggest cash-cow since the old days when Sonic was actually in any good games, why would they let a chance like this slip out of their fingers?

    • Gary Wintle

      It actually sold poorly Less than 2 million on 5 formats. Sammy, the company that owns Sega, regards the game as a failure alongside Sonic Boom.

      • Jonathan Larsson

        Ah bummer 🙁

  • dude

    I love Alien Isolation. Surprised how fun the game is! This is disappointing news from SEGA since they own the rights to Alien games and The Creative Assembly. I for one am really hoping for a sequel on PC’s as well as the console.

  • carl

    ya i dono i think it should go pc i mean it would be a more stable game to run on pc , i also think that it should go the way the movie’s went ONLY because anyone who is a gamer from the 80’s and up will understand with aliens you need a Ripley, Hudson, Hick’s, and an old school motion tracker.

    My point is who hasn’t wanted to storm lv-426 with Ripley in that egg room , the queen and wall to wall alien’s .

    as for isolation on ps3 ya it was the best aliens in a very long time , it got me a few times and as for bug’s maybe a hand full if that and they were very small thing’s , i found the sound to be very mood setting in the moment kind of sound.

    and i really think pc could take it to the next lvl and to be very honest pc has been ahead of anything else.

    anyways Aliens Colonel Marines SUCKED HUGE FURRY BALLS. sorry had to be said.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Seems like I’m always reading about disappointment for Sega. Back in the 90’s it was one poor console after another (Genesis was good despite it’s limitations). They eventually (wisely?) gave up console producing to focus solely on making games for the companies they couldn’t beat. Now, even that seems to be failing them.

    Regardless though, a sequel to Isolation needs to happen, IMO.

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