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In Theory… Alien Blackout

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Hey hey hey!

Ok so, some while back this funny thing happened. And by funny I mean a “CRAZY SUPER COOL LIFE LONG DREAM COME TRUE!” -type thing. We got the opportunity to contribute and take part in the. one. and. only. ALIEN universe!!! Huh, is this real, did I just write that, is the game about to be released?!?!

Huh, had to calm down there for a bit. Alien, H.R.Giger, Dan O’Bannon, Ridley Scott and James Cameron and their works have been the biggest inspirations throughout my creative life. When I was old enough, my first tattoo was the Alien on my left shoulder. To say I’m a fan is an under and overstatement. After being exposed to Alien (at too early an age) it was love and death from first sight. From the coldest nightmares to deep obsession, there was something that resonated to the core. Overstatement in the sense that the level of direction and appreciation and lessons learned through these pieces would be impossible if blinded by pure fandom. It takes healthy criticism to see all the different layers at which these stories work and why. In this creative mind Alien/s, Terminator, Abyss, Back to the Future, Blade Runner, Total Recall etc. from the late 70s to the 90s are a major input and Reset is the output (ok so some games might have affected as well).

When the opportunity to co-develop an actual Alien game with Rival Games was presented, there was no hesitation. As core PC/console developers we saw eye-to-eye from the get-go that we wanted to create a no BS Alien experience. Having played and deeply enjoyed (and a couple heart attacks suffered) Alien Isolation (played through with the Oculus Rift), our task wasn’t going to be easy, especially taking the mobile platform into account. If one word would be used to describe the whole that is the Alien, it would be ‘unknown’. Unknown what it is, where it is, what it does, where it came from. Its eyes concealed, our fate unknown. This is what all great Alien content, being it film, graphic novels, books, games understand and embrace and that was our starting point. From there onward we tackled the task of “how can we bring the fear of the unknown to the tiny screen”.

This was exactly what FoxNext and D3 Go! were looking for. They shared and displayed the same love for the franchise and in this case it meant a premium experience with no micro-transactions. This was to be the first true to its core Alien experience for the mobile audience. And after crunching things together with our combined tiny task force in a ridiculous time frame, that’s exactly what we accomplished.

So what about Reset? We started on this road to bring you that which burns in our hearts and minds and we’re using everything to make it happen the way we want, undiluted. Like we have stated before, when doing something you want, there is no reason to quit. It is projects like Alien Blackout that enable us to continue financially. And the funny thing is that (this actually is a bit funny) the entity which is the Alien, which has ultimately creatively fueled me to create Reset has now also fueled it financially and at the same time it has received a bit of our love and possibly goes on to inspire someone else.

All in all it has been one hell of a (express elevator) ride (to hell). Alien: Blackout ($4.99) is out today on iOS and Android.

See y’all in a bit
Love from Theory
Alpo