‘Aliens: Dark Descent’ announced for 2023 release! June 09. 2022. The next Alien game will be a top-down squad shooter.
The newest instalment of the Alien franchise was announced at the 2022 Summer Games Festival. Aliens: Dark Descent is set to release sometime in 2023.Developed by Tindalos Interactive, creators of the Battlefleet series, Aliens: Dark Descent will be a squad-based single-player action game.
The trailer depicts a squad of marines on a mission to get an offline relay back online. However, they predictably run afoul of a horde of xenomorphs and are forced into a fight for their lives
Before the trailer ends, a brief glimpse of the gameplay can be seen. The game clearly employs a top-down perspective. A group of marines fighting off a horde of aliens can be seen before the title card flashes on the screen, announcing a 2023 release date.
Unlike the isolating solo experience of Alien: Isolation, Dark Descent appears to focus on controlling a squad of marines, leaning into the action side of the Alien franchise. The combat looks to be in real-time, rather than the turn-based mechanics of the XCOM franchise. It’s not clear how these marines will be controlled, they may require manual piloting or more macro mechanics where the player will have to juggle each marine simultaneously.
According to the game’s Steam page, the plot of the newest Alien game will involve repelling a Xenomorph outbreak on Moon Lethe. The player will also come into conflict with rogue operatives from the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, as well as a “host of horrifying creatures”.
The Alien franchise is rapidly continuing its long history of video game adaptations, with Aliens: Fireteam Elite releasing just last year.
Official Description: In Aliens: Dark Descent, command a squad of hardened Colonial Marines to stop a terrifying Xenomorph outbreak on Moon Lethe. Lead your soldiers in real-time combat against iconic Xenomorphs, rogue operatives from the insatiable Weyland-Yutani Corporation, and a host of horrifying creatures new to the Alien franchise.
You are the commander. They are your weapon.
Infiltrate large open levels and annihilate enemies with your squad, dispatching orders strategically and intuitively at the touch of a button. Tread carefully, as death is permanent and your foes will adapt their tactics to your actions while hunting you down. Forge unique paths for survival, uncovering shortcuts, creating safe zones, and setting up motion trackers in a persistent world where your actions impact levels forever.
Customize your squad with a selection of different classes. Level up and specialize your soldiers with unique abilities and an arsenal of weapons, armor, and perks, for high stakes missions in treacherous territory. Develop your base to research new tech and improve your squad even further.
Manage your resources wisely and take calculated risks to outsmart the deadliest creature mankind has ever faced. Can you and your squad stop the outbreak before it’s too late?