During Nintendo’s press conference at E3 2019, the company showed a sizzle reel of games coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019 and beyond. Although it only appeared briefly, one of those games was a port of Creative Assembly’s horror spooktacular, Alien: Isolation.
Originally released back in 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Alien: Isolation is a horror game set within the Alien universe of Xenomorphs, facehuggers, and bad-ass women with flamethrowers. The game sees you take on the mantle of Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda, as she seeks information on her mother’s disappearance aboard the Sevastopol, a derelict space station thrown into disarray due to a particularly frightening stowaway.
The reveal of Alien: Isolation’s move to Switch is another feather in the cap for Nintendo’s hybrid console, giving Switch owners the opportunity to play a triple-A horror game while out and about. It will be interesting to see how the port holds up.
Kevin VanOrd reviewed Alien: Isolation for GameSpot in 2014, awarding it a score of 6/10 and concluding his review by saying, “At least the ending brings with it a sense of relief. Some of this relief stems from the lingering fear of the alien’s presence. You have left the game and its creature behind, never to smell the alien’s putrid breath, never to witness its syrupy saliva, never to seek refuge in a claustrophobic locker and wish the beast away. More relieving is that you won’t have to trudge through the same duct-lined corridors for another however-many hours, or have to repeat ten minutes of switch-pulling and keycard-searching after firing a bullet into a friendly’s head because you presumed she might attack you, as so many dwellers do. Alien: Isolation provides us a glimpse into a future that holds the Alien game you’ve always wanted. It is not, however, the vessel that carries you there.”
Alien: Isolation is due to arrive on the Nintendo Switch in 2019.