The news cycle surrounding Alien: Covenant is starting to heat up in a major way. We recently posted a collection of still images that have come out, and a brand new video was released last week to celebrate being only one year away from the movie. Suffice it to say, even with a few other major sci-fi projects slated to arrive between now and the release of Alien: Covenant, fans of the genre are already itching to see this new installment.
Given that we've (presumably) got a little while to wait before we get too many new details about the film, it can be fun in the meantime to focus on a few side-projects. Chief among them for some fans is whether or not Alien: Covenant will wind up being the kind of flick to inspire an accompanying video game.
2012's Prometheus, a prequel film that was effectively the most recent piece of the Alien franchise, was a visual wonder that seemed primed to produce an excellent video game. Sure, there might not have been too much in the way of fast-paced action, but a simple exploration or mystery game with those visuals would have been captivating. However, Prometheus aside, this is a series that has produced some relatively recent games on completely different platforms and systems. Just consider a few of the most recent examples.
It wasn't that long ago in 2014 that Alien: Isolation came out, developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega for Windows and consoles. Based on the Alien franchise but delving more into original territory concerning Amanda Ripley (daughter of Ellen) and her quest for her mother, it was an action/adventure experience that received a surprisingly positive reception. It's actually well worth finding and playing in advance of Alien: Covenant as one glowing review praised the way in which the game further expanded the lore of the series' universe.
If you're looking for a slightly more accessible title, there's also a casino game based on the franchise that's a beacon of good fun in a genre that can feel a little bit played out. Featured as part of a page of pop culture casino games at an online lottery platform, "Aliens" is a slot machine on the surface as well as an interactive experience packed with details from the films beneath. With a cast of original characters and a mini-game that lets you fire grenades at the Alien Queen, it goes above and beyond your average internet casino arcade, and is actually a great time for fans of the series.
And finally, for another accessible and perhaps surprisingly enjoyable option, Fox's lineup of iOS mobile games includes a few titles related to the Alien (and Predator) franchise. The best of them is AVP: Evolution, which basically puts you in the role of an Alien out to destroy the Super Predators. You can also play as a Jungle Hunter Predator in an attempt to kill off the Alien Queen. The game's graphics are top-notch for the mobile category, and it's one of the more complete action gaming experiences you'll find for your smartphone. As a nice perk, you can also design your own Alien or Predator character.
Given all of these examples, it seems to be anybody's guess whether or not Alien: Covenant will ultimately result in a game. On the one hand, Prometheus didn't, and there's no word of a Covenant game just yet. On the other hand, however, it's been proven that both Alien and Predator games can succeed pretty much anywhere.
Let's hope we do end up with a fresh game, as it would be a great addition to this franchise's total reach. But even if we don't, the examples above should provide some nice entertainment as we wait another year for the release of Alien: Covenant.
If you're a fan of Alien / Prometheus and would like to discuss Alien: Covenant and its upcoming sequel with other like-minded fans, be sure to join in our Alien: Covenant forum! Ranked the #1 Prometheus forum back in 2012 and reigning as the web's top Alien: Covenant fan site, it's a great place to discuss the upcoming Prometheus sequels, dissect details from every trailer and engage with other fans just like you.
The future of Alien
The Alien franchise is taking a dramatic turn at 20th Century Studios, now owned by Disney. Currently there are two major Alien projects in development - a new Alien TV series by Noah Hawley and a new, stand-alone Alien movie being directed by Fede Alvarez. Both of which will be taking the franchise in a new direction - moving away from the Alien prequel direction Ridley Scott set out to pursue back in 2012.
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