There are few games that blend sci-fi, horror, and movie-made-game as well as Alien Isolation does. Developer Creative Assembly struck gold when the game released in 2014. But only now are we seeing them start to move in that direction again.
Not to imply that theyve been sitting around. Since Alien Isolations release, Creative Assembly has been completely focused on their other franchise, Total War. Since 2014, theyve released seven more Total War games. The only time they dipped back into sci-fi was in 2017 when they released Halo Wars 2. But as it turns out, theyve been secretly working on a sci-fi first person shooter game for the last four years.
Studio director Gareth Edmondson and creative director Alistair Hope recently spoke with Edge Magazine in an interview. In which, they confirm that theyve been working on a new sci-fi fps since 2018. The game, which has yet to be named, will be a new IP, instead of based on an existing one. They expressed a focus on keeping to the source material, though its not made clear what that material is, exactly.
While all around vague, the idea fascinates us. Creative Assembly is known for their RTS games, but Alien Isolation proved their ability to creative dynamic and rich environments and settings. So while the studio has never tackled a proper first person shooter before, theyve got enough of the relevant experience to make us believe they could pull it off well. At the same time, shooter games have been saturating the market for decades at this point. Making a new one that stands out in a meaningful way is a lot harder than it used to be, especially when it's a new IP.
Well likely learn more in the coming months/years. Four years is a decent development time, depending on the scope of the project. It might be right around the corner from a reveal. The only way to know now is to wait and see.