Legendary tactics RPG series XCOM can attribute a ton of its success to the Alien movies, and now it’s time for the space horror franchise to return the favour. It may be reductive to describe Aliens: Dark Descent as XCOM with xenomorphs – but, let’s be real, that’s almost exactly what it is. And for the record, we’re not complaining about that!
This short trailer published exclusively by IGN provides a snapshot of the release, which is due out on 20th June. You’ll control your squad as a single unit, with each marine best equipped for the task carrying out actions. Be careful, though, as just like in Firaxis’ iconic series, permadeath is enabled by default – and one wrong move will see you lose your best marines.
It looks like the game has been expertly tuned for controllers like the DualSense, so for example, you’ll be able to slow time a touch during combat to give you opportunity to issue commands. Unlike in XCOM, all of the action is realtime, but the developer’s not compromising on tactics, hence mechanics like the one mentioned previously.
We reckon this could be a little bit of a surprise hit, as we do love a good tactics RPG and the Aliens franchise is obviously ripe for it. Are you liking what you’re seeing here? Don’t make any wrong moves in the comments section below.
Well it looks absolutely fantastic!!
Watched Aliens again for the first time in a good 15 years or so last month. Still an amazing blast of a movie.
Looks pretty good! My next adventure in the Alien universe however, will probably be Alien Isolation in VR.
That looks very promising. I'm going to have to keep an eye on this one.
I'm a big sucker for the Aliens franchise / license but I'm not a fan of Xcom type games at all. Maybe I'll give this a shot though. Going to depend heavily on how well it's reviewed by both critics and fans, as well as how difficult it is.
I'm more interested in this than I thought I'd be. I'm hoping to get another Alien Isolation experience though soon.
@RoliePolie91 unfortunately alien isolation didnt sell well with most sales being at a discount so we wont be getting a sequel
sorry i just dont see this selling well Xcom style games just dont sell well look at midnight suns
Hmmm not normally a fan of Xcom style games - though i love the Alien universe so might give this a try, depending on reviews.
Played the PS2 version of this back in the day - similar set up.
Correct and the franchise rights have been sold to various other studios.
@trev666 We are supposed to be getting Aliens VR though as a PSVR title. Fingers crossed, anyway, Aliens is my favourite action film of all time.
Watched a few of the episodes of 'The Movies That made us' on Netflix the other day, interesting watching for the production hell that both Aliens & Robocop went through!
This looks fantastic! Only gripe is not being able to fully pause time but that's okay.
Looks good to me; although I'm expecting to lose far too many marines!
The voiceover mentioned being able to use mouse+keyboard; is that the case for console as well? I know the PS4/5 can connect to them ...
Looks cool, I'm interested.
This is definitely on my radar. I'm a huge Allien fan and I love strategy games so let's hope for good reviews.
Says tactical depth but doesnt show any, and says u dont even choose which does what, all automatic idk.
Big ip, ign sponsored.., show us the mechanics..
Looks nice but worried it will be shallow.
The lack of sequel to alien isolation has made me not pay attention to this in the build up but honestly this looks like it could be good.
Not a fan of XCOM style games, like everyone else in the comments I'd rather they make a sequel to Alien: Isolation.
Not sure why everyone is saying XCOM? That is turn based, I'd welcome that! This is real-time with slow down abilities. Totally different. Same isometric viewpoint? Sure, but not the same thing. Like comparing American Football to Soccer.
This looks like it'll scratch that XCom itch even less than Midnight Suns. The description was interesting, but the video shows it to be almost entirely unlike said description
Xcom is my favorite video game franchise of all time. Aliens is my favorite action movie. I'm beyond excited for this.
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