Fans of the Alien franchise will have something more to look forward to when Alien: Covenant comes out later this year. Director Ridley Scott wants to immerse audiences in a virtual reality game that is set in the latest film.
I’ve already seen what Alien: Isolation looks like in VR. I don’t need an even more photorealistic Xenomorph charging at me so it can eat my face off.
The Alien: Covenant Virtual Reality Experience is expected to come to all major VR platforms as a “paid-for title” (whatever that means). It’s assumed that the game will come out around the same time as the film’s release, which is on May 19, 2017, but no official date has been announced. As game adaptations go, the Alien franchise has seen both ends of the bad to good scale with Colonial Marines being terrible for its game-breaking glitches, and Alien: Isolation being cementing itself as a truly horrifying survival game.
Scott is partnering with the Fox Innovation Lab to produce the game, but it will be visual effects artist David Karlak directing the the VR experience. Fox Innovation has described the game as a “dread-inducing journey into the depths of the Alien universe.” Players will have to “navigate through horrifying alien environments and a story where every decision could mean the difference between life and death.”
This certainly sounds like it will be more like Alien: Isolation, which only has a demo of the VR version instead of a full game, but time will tell. Let’s just hope Fox doesn’t put too much pressure on development to the point that this will end up being just another bland adaptation of a movie.