Alien: Isolation Won’t Feature Co-Op Due to Single-Player Focus
Horror element goes down significantly with more humans added.
Alien: Isolation was recently unveiled by Sega and will deliver on a survival horror first person experience that ties in with the films. We know it will feature a single-player story but The Creative Assembly team members have confirmed that there won’t be a co-op option.
Speaking to Rock Paper Shotgun, creative lead Al Hope state that, “It’s very much about a single player experience. We did think about it, it’s not like we never considered it – and we had some pretty neat ideas around that. But for us the focus always was that single player experience.
“And I think because you have this dynamic alien and it’s about the player’s choices while they play it, it does mean that you can go back and try different stuff out. So I think there is a lot of scope to have players go back and do things differently.”
UI lead Jon McKellan also remarked that some of the horror is stymied with the more humans you adds. “I think that as soon as you up the amount of humans then you’re no longer as ‘outnumbered.’ You know, if you had two or three humans facing up against one alien it’s a completely different experience where you’re working together to overcome it rather than just trying to survive. It just felt better to leave it single player.”
Thus far, it’s been confirmed that the developer will aim for native 1080p on both the PS4 and Xbox One. Alien: Isolation will also arrive on PC in Q4 2014.