Sega has shared two aspects of Alien: Isolation bound to get fans in a tizzy. First, the Alien: Isolation release date is scheduled for Oct. 7 across the PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. Second, and perhaps more giggle-inducing, the Alien: Isolation pre-order bonuses will reunite the original film’s cast.
The exclusive pre-order bonus content for Alien: Isolation will consist of two downloadable bonus missions that let gamers re-live two classic scenes from the original Alien movie. And yes, the vocal talent and likenesses of key cast members from the 1979 film are involved.
That’s good news, because the same original cast members are scheduled to provide voiceovers and likenesses for the rest of the game. Had the Alien: Isolation pre-order bonus content not followed that model, the game would’ve suffered a significant discontinuity for gamers who pre-ordered the game.
Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winner Sigourney Weaver (Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Yaphet Kotto (Parker) and Ian Holm (Ash, likeness and sound-alike) are all set to feature in the game.
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.
Gamers who pre-order at GameStop will also exclusively receive “Last Survivor.” In this bonus mission, players must 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.
Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror that focuses not on the shooting aspects like an FPS but on the fear and tension evoked by the original 1979 film. The Alien: Isolation release date on Oct. 7 can’t come soon enough.