Alien: Isolation Dev Compares RE6, Dead Space To Gears Of War

Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation sounds like it will be a welcome addition to the survival-horror genre. Our Phil Hornshaw said the emphasis on horror is a welcome change of scope for the franchise, and Alien: Isolation “…seems to be the Alien game we’ve all been waiting for,” among other positives, which is already more praise than Aliens: Colonial Marines ever got.

So it’s no surprise that Creative Assembly’s developers are comparing Alien: Isolation to some of the other big names in survival horror — the Resident Evil and Dead Space franchises, to be specific. In a post over on Edge Online, Alien: Isolation Creative Director Alistair Hope talks about the transformation of both franchises, and how neither is really about survival or horror anymore. (emphasis added)

“I think this team really got a lot out of Dead Space 1 and Resident Evil,” creative director Alistair Hope says. “But those franchises moved in a direction that isn’t… Well, I think that fans of those originals have been marginalised and sometimes it feels like these days they’re just a couple of degrees away from being Gears Of War.” Lead designer Gary Napper agrees. “Cinematic set-pieces and loads of guns isn’t quite the ‘hiding in the cupboard’ experience I got in the old days of horror gaming,” he says. “But that stuff has been embraced by the indie community who are producing these high fidelity games that are tense and atmospheric. It’s not often you get to do that in the triple-A space.”

If you compare Dead Space 3 and Resident Evil 6 to earlier entries in the respective franchises, there’s definitely been a shift from survival horror to…survival-action horror? More run & gun, more big weapons, more expansive environments, and less hiding from the unknown and unthinkable. That doesn’t mean these franchises have taken a turn for the worse, per se, and that’s not what the CA devs are getting at either. But both franchises, seen as survival horror pioneers, have moved away from their roots, without a doubt.

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4 Comments on Alien: Isolation Dev Compares RE6, Dead Space To Gears Of War


On January 16, 2014 at 7:39 pm

While it’s nice to see CA is aware of what Resident Evil and Dead Space have become, considering the awful state they released Total War: Rome II and how much people were suckered by the hype of the A:CM, maybe they shouldn’t run their mouth just yet.


On January 17, 2014 at 6:19 am

But how are Resident Evil and Dead Space survival/horror anymore? At all? Gamefront, call a spade a spade. If you kick ass and have lots of big explosions, it’s action. And lots of guns. All of it. The latest entries simply aren’t anything like “I have to run away from most everything only have a few bullets and THEY’RE SO TERRIFYING WHAT EVEN *ARE* THEY ohsh!t one’s EATING MY NECK getitoff getitoff getitoff DIE DIE DIE YOU HORRIBLE *THING* it’s so DARK I can’t see ANYTHING hmm need something to heal with what was that NOISE WHAT WAS…”. *That’s* survival horror. Which Alien Isolation seems to be from all accounts. I wish they continued Resident Evil after the first few games. They really deserve sequels. Dead Space 1 does too. Fine games. I’m surely not alone in pining for more!

You know who feels marginalised? I do. I LIKE those games. I will throw my money at whoever produces more. Why do people not like money? Do people think I *won’t* also buy good action games? I have enough to get both, you know, and I do so enjoy surviving when horrors are afoot (no, endlessly adding generic zombies to everything, you don’t count)…


On January 17, 2014 at 8:41 am

“That doesn’t mean these franchises have taken a turn for the worse”

It means exactly that, actually. They have taken what was loved and interesting about the originals and trashed it in its entirety. A survival horror series without survival or horror is….well, it’s Gears of War. If you want survival horror, you play Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Outlast, Dead Space 1, Resident Evil 1, but you sure as hell don’t think of Dead Space 3 or Resident Evil 6. The only horror those games invoked was from the mechanics.


On January 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

So their making their own slenderman type game and comparing it to anything other then slenderman