Gross or great: you decide. The cast of 1979’s Alien will be appearing in pre-order DLC for Alien: Isolation.
“Great” because Alien is one of the greatest science fiction films and thrillers of all time and much of that comes down to the easy chemistry of the cast who are supplying their likenesses and voices to the “Crew Expendable” DLC. Well, mostly everyone: Sigourney Weaver (Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), and Yaphet Kotto (Parker) are all supplying their faces and voices as playable characters while Ian Holm’s face will be returning as Ash with a sound-a-like handling the vocal duties.
SEGA and developer Creative Assembly have two DLC offers planned, one for pre-orders, offering you the chance to play as any member of the crew after the death of John Hurt’s character Brett (hence his exclusion from the cast list), while Gamestop is getting in on things by letting you play as Ripley as she attempts to escape the ship.
It really only feels gross because (and this is overactive fandom speaking here), Isolation as a product feels like a weird thing, what with it being about Ripley’s daughter, a character who was a bit more important as someone that Weaver’s character had lost. This might be a way to give the first-person survival horror game a little more veracity.
From the press release:
“Anyone who pre-orders the game will get a free upgrade to the Nostromo Edition, which includes the bonus content “Crew Expendable”. Players can choose to play as one of three surviving crewmembers, only moments after Brett’s death at the jaws of the creature. As Ellen Ripley, Dallas or Parker, players can explore the Nostromo from habitation deck down through engineering, coordinating their efforts with Lambert and Ash to lure the Alien into the ship’s airlock.
In addition, consumers who pre-order at GameStop will exclusively also receive “Last Survivor” in which players pick up the story as Ripley tries to escape on the Narcissus. On hearing the screams of Lambert and Parker, players must navigate their way back down through the Nostromo in order to activate the self-destruct sequence, before retracing their steps back to the Narcissus shuttle and their escape.”