Alien Isolation Would Have Been a Third-Person Game, Prototype Footage Revealed

By   /   Mar 5, 2015

Did you know Alien Isolation was prototyped as a third-person survival horror game? During a panel at GDC 2015, developer Creative Assembly revealed some pretty interesting details about Alien Isolation’s development process.

The title could have been very different from what it is now. The game was always going to be in first-person, but when developers looked at games like Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill 2, Dead Space and Clock Tower, they were worried about the game immediately not being recognized as survival horror.

It was genuine concern as some of the most popular survival horror games featured third-person perspective. To test things out and see how third-person camera will impact the game, Creative Assembly developed a prototype for Alien Isolation.

We now know that the prototype was scrapped, but how exactly did it look? During the GDC panel, creative director Alistair Hope shared footage from the prototype.

Captured off-screen, it shows how different the project would have been. The biggest difference is that this alternative view makes it a bit easier for the player to keep an eye on Xenomorph. This kind puts the horror down a notch don’t you think?

According to Hope: “The difference between first and third [person] was extraordinary. The third person felt like an Alien game, which is cool. But the first person felt like Alien.”

Exactly! Going with first-person on Alien Isolation added a lot to survival horror element.

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