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.