So, the last few weeks have been rife with Alien-related rumors. I'm not in a position to elaborate on anything specifically, but - for what it's worth - be aware that there's a fair amount of misinformation making the rounds. A good case in point might be this CGI Alien: Isolation series that's just been announced. Word on the street had this thing pegged for Hulu, but turns out it's actually headed to ... IGN.com.
Yes, that's right: 2014's Alien: Isolation is being turned into a digital series, all seven episodes of which will hit IGN tomorrow. What's it about? Here's IGN with the news:
"This new digital series takes the cutscenes from Alien: Isolation and not so much as expands on them but creates a new animation experience to add additionally layers to the story of Ellen Ripley's daughter. The goal was to offer new depth to a story that many gamers would have already experienced in 2014's release, and also tell the story in a newly accessible way for those who haven't."
And here's an official plot synopsis, for those who never played the stellar video game upon which Alien: Isolation (the series) is based:
"Fifteen years have passed since the deep-space freighter Nostromo disappeared with all hands. And for fifteen years, Amanda Ripley has scoured the known universe for information about her mother, Ellen Ripley, the Nostromo’s warrant officer. When representatives from the Weyland-Yutani Corporation approach Amanda with news that the Nostromo’s flight recorder has finally been found and brought to the space station Sevastopol, Amanda joins the Company’s expedition to the remote outpost. But when Amanda reaches the station, she walks into a living nightmare: Sevastopol’s inhabitants have been terrorized, hunted, and brought to the brink of annihilation. Now she and a band of unprepared - and perhaps untrustworthy – survivors will have to confront the same diabolical species that changed her mother’s fate forever."
This is an interesting development, and we're legit curious to see what Fox, IGN, Reverse Engineering Studios and DVgroup have done with the material. All signs point to the series basically being a non-playable, spruced up version of Alien: Isolation, but that's definitely not a bad thing. Unlike the many, many lackluster Alien games that've been produced over the years, Isolation actually has a pretty great story. Sure, a series version will rob the material of the "YOU ARE THERE" horror that made the game work so well, but it's still a story worth experiencing. We'll definitely watch this thing.
As for those other Alien rumors that're making the rounds: I'd ignore 'em for the time being. As I've stated before, wheels are definitely in motion within the Alien universe, but so far nothing's set in stone. Stay tuned for further (reliable!) updates on all Xenomorph-related activity as they roll in. In the meantime: think you'll give IGN's Isolation series a shot? Why or why not? Sound off below.