Some Alien Isolation fans are not happy with FoxNext's reveal of survival mobile game Alien: Blackout which was announced as a new story of Amanda Ripley. Fans expected a proper sequel to the beloved survival horror Alien Isolation.
Back in December 2018, rumours started to surface that a new shooter game set in Alien universe could be coming pretty soon. Cryptic messages from the developer and leaks started discussions on social media websites where fans guessed that a potential Alien Isolation sequel is in the making.
The sequel talk was fueled with teaser trailers from Alien Twitter which featured Amanda Ripley and mysterious read, play, watch messages. Some fans assumed that with this type of teasing and promotion, FoxNext are ready to reveal something big.
Unfortunately, their big reveal was Alien: Blackout, a survival game for iOS and Android. This started a blizzard of backlash from angry fans who shared their disappointment on Twitter, Reddit and other social media.
For some fans, the mobile platform is not a problem at all, but the disappointment comes from the lack of info about the Alien game for PC and consoles. It's a similar situation to Blizzard's Diablo Immortal reveal where the company announced a new mobile game but didn't say anything about Diablo 3 sequel.
Some fans on Reddit called out FoxNext by saying that the company could use the Alien licence a lot better than it's doing now. "How clueless and out of touch can you possibly be? Fox has no idea what they’re doing with this license, since they seem to be dead set on running it into the ground," angry Redditor PrimalHunter70 wrote.
Others joined in the criticism of FoxNext by pointing out that it makes no sense to hype up the mobile game like it's a console release. "This is going to be the year of mobile game announcements being hyped up like a console game. Everyone be ready to be disappointed," darkbladetrey commented.
FoxNext would probably avoid all this if they revealed more info about the Alien MMO game that was confirmed quickly after the announcement of Alien: Blackout. The game development was confirmed in a press release and FoxNext's studio Cold Iron Studios are working on it since 2015.
"FoxNext Games’ studio, Cold Iron Studios, is also currently at work on a massively multiplayer online shooter set in the Alien cinematic universe for consoles and PC," FoxNext stated in the press release.