FoxNext revealed yesterday that a follow-up to Alien: Isolation is indeed coming this year. However, it turned out to be a mobile game for iOS and Android devices, which certainly didn't fire up hype in a lot of the folks who were expecting to get another triple-A console and PC experience.
FoxNext did, however, provide bits of hope. First of all, they clarified both via Twitter and via the press release that there's more coming than just Alien: Blackout when it comes to Amanda Ripley's story.
This year, fans of the critically-acclaimed Alien: Isolation video game are invited to embark on new adventures with Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, by watching, playing, and reading her story as she renews her fight against the aliens after the events of Isolation. 20th Century Fox will partner with a wide range of storytellers and innovators to bring this epic chapter in the Alien Universe to life, with even more entries in Amanda Ripley’s story soon to be announced.
Last but not least, the press release ended with a mention of the Alien game announced about a year ago to be in development at Cold Iron Studios, a team composed primarily of former Cryptic Studios developers. The tidbit confirms this will be an Alien MMO shooter game.
FoxNext Games’ studio, Cold Iron Studios, is also currently at work on a massively multiplayer online shooter set in the Alien cinematic universe for consoles and PC.
As much as this isn't surprising considering the previous background of the development team, it's honestly a bit hard to picture how that would work in the context of the Alien IP.
Still, it might not be that long before we hear anything concrete about this Alien MMO shooter. Cold Iron Studios was founded in 2015, which means they might have had enough time to work on the project. Stay tuned.