In Theory… Alien Blackout


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

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    • Zekai
    • January 24th, 2019 5:21pm

    “a no BS Alien experience”.

    If you strongly believe mobile Alien Blackout game actually represents that – do not EVER visit any alien community in any form (twitter, reddit, blog, whatever).

      • Rattonicus
      • January 30th, 2019 1:58am

      They don’t, they probably are contractually obligated to promote the game on their social medias, including site.

    • JeffNo
    • January 24th, 2019 10:26pm

    I am overjoyed to read that the reason for your long absence was a GOOD one! I was worried you had both suffered terrible tragedies.

    Congratulations on shipping AB. It looks great. Did you somehow manage to cram Reset’s rendering code into mobile bandwidth/fillrate/features? Hmm. Wondering if this means Reset will be ported to mobile too…

    Anyway. Glad you’re back…

    • poune
    • January 24th, 2019 11:25pm

    hey there, i”m happy you back.
    looks nice, is it runs on the engine you develop for the reset game?

    • thanks for this amazing article. loved your post.very helpful information. very helpful information. loved your post

  1. It’s better to survive and finish late than not finish at all, good to actually hear from you again!

    • bob de builder
    • January 25th, 2019 3:17pm

    So whats next…?
    the game this year ?
    update us the plan for the finished game…Please

    • gubelfax
    • January 26th, 2019 11:40pm

    Not the best PR. You could have told us before.

    But I’m glad to hear from you again.
    Take your time with reset, but after all this, let it better be good…

      • Rattonicus
      • January 30th, 2019 1:51am

      I think for what they are saying: We don’t have anything new about Reset, but hey, we’re working on this MOBILE GAME with this company nobody heard about.

      There is not really a good way to say this.

    • Rattonicus
    • January 30th, 2019 1:57am

    Why aren’t you guys more honest, I mean really?

    It’s pretty obvious by now that Reset is not coming out anytime soon and you probably barely have anything working.

    Just let people move on, man.

    This post is just a very shill story about how you guys are now working on a Mobile Game nobody cares and asked for. And yes, I totally get you guys need money as the KickStarter cash (remember that?) has run dry.

    Just spill the beans, mates. That initial trailer was either CG or ran using code you guys had from the 3DMark days, you guys believed you could craft your own engine from the scratch, develop all assets, and couldn’t do it.

    And that’s it.

    Say you’re putting it on a hiatus and now you guys are working on Mobile Games or whatever. We all know one of these days the “we’re porting to Unreal” BS will come, just be honest guys.

    • sol_hsa
    • January 31st, 2019 12:59pm

    That’s… quite negative take on things.

    The way I read the situation is this: people need to eat, so they they took a side project. Side project that was under NDA, so they coudn’t talk about it. Now that it’s out, they can.

    Could they have communicated things (in advance) a bit better? Yes.

    • justsomeguy
    • February 4th, 2019 6:50pm

    With all due respect, everyone has waited almost a year for news about Reset.

    Finally a post is made that is basically an advertisement for a mobile game?

    Congratulations on your success and all but it would be nice to have gotten a real update on the state of Reset considering some people funded it 5 years ago.

    • bob de builder
    • March 12th, 2019 11:11pm

    Game over

    • PrimeThread
    • March 30th, 2019 4:33am

    Late reply, I know. I’m really happy to hear that you guys have found some more energy to continue Reset! I’ve been waiting for a few years, and pop in every few months to check up on it and follow development. I wanted to wish you guys good luck!!!

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    • crystallize
    • May 27th, 2019 7:06am

    Is RESET mod-friendly? Will you publish SDK?

    • poune
    • July 1st, 2019 12:01am

    shall we play a game ?

  5. Woah! I’m enjoying the of this post. It’s simple, yet effective.. I must say you’ve done a very good job with this.

    • bob de builder
    • July 23rd, 2019 6:03pm

    WTF is going on ?
    are you working on a mobile game again ?

    • bob de builder
    • August 13th, 2019 10:32pm

    Why are we waiting so lllllllllloooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnngggggggggggg for a update

      • poune
      • August 15th, 2019 7:21pm

      may be next year, like the last one

      be hold and ….

  6. Great game, thank you a lot! I’m also like to play dota2 when i have free time.

    • VaporWare
    • August 29th, 2019 6:53am

    In Theory, maybe some of us should sue you and your company for false claims, and not providing a product that was sell to us in 2013 for a “soon” release date… Yet you still find some time to work for an another studio and event take vacations to Greece but you don’t spent a minute to tell or say something about your vaporware ?
    We believed in you two and in your game, we paid your project, and now you just ignore us all.
    From now, your studio and reputation will be seen like the alien game you helped with : “shitty”

    • well said…they will never answer us here,,,its sad

        • Brenda76 Ballaire67
        • September 20th, 2019 1:42pm

        SUE. This shit is in fact illegal. Depends on the court, but most definitely illegal.

    • bob de builder
    • September 12th, 2019 8:21pm

    Dead game , Dead site, Dead team

    Game Over

      • Brenda76 Ballaire67
      • September 20th, 2019 1:40pm

      I agree. This is tremendously disappointing.

    • Brenda76 Ballaire67
    • September 20th, 2019 1:46pm

    What a load of fucking bullshit. Be a man and admit you’ve given up on reset. Fuck you. You, are unfulfilled potential.

      • poune
      • September 20th, 2019 7:55pm

      i don’t think you will accept the same words for some one about your dream.
      dreams do not need to left aside…
      let them do what they can, there are a lot for scammers out there, but i don’t think this is. and no reason.

  7. Ha ha funny

    • Rhuac
    • October 2nd, 2019 8:09pm

    Keep up the good work guys! Let us know, when RESET is taking more steps, we are keen to know.

    • nl
    • October 3rd, 2019 7:58pm

    Tracked you guys down again after 6 years. Not dead huh? Hopefully Reset finishes someday, but I’m wondering how bad the Duke Nukem Forever/Diakatana effect is getting. Could have to rebuild the whole thing from scratch if you don’t get it out before PS5/xboxwhatever come out next year.

    FWIW I thought Alien Blackout was a massive disappointment compared to what I would’ve wanted (a full Alien Isolation sequel) but I played it with an open mind and thought it turned out pretty good, for what it was.

    I wish there was more content though. Seems a waste to do all the work of putting a game like that together and then only make 5 levels. I finished it in a couple hours and up to that point had assumed I was just getting though the introduction, waiting for the other shoe to drop… Isolation teased victory/escape multiple times, raising the stakes each time… Blackout just _ended_.

    Having to manage power to Aliens-style autoturrets, find and rescue new survivors, maybe finding/crafting some improvised weapons, needing to stealthily get from A to B through a hive, etc… there was so much left on the table.

    • bob de builder
    • November 3rd, 2019 12:36am

    So, so you think you can tell
    Heaven from Hell
    Blue sky from pain
    Can you tell a green field
    From a cold steel rail?

    A smile from a veil?
    Do you think you can tell?
    Did they get you to trade
    Your heroes for ghosts?
    Hot ashes for trees?

    Hot air for a cool breeze?
    Cold comfort for change?
    And did you exchange
    A walk on part in the war
    For a lead role in a cage?

    How I wish, how I wish you were here
    We’re just two lost souls
    Swimming in a fish bowl
    Year after year
    Running over the same old ground
    What have we found
    The same old fears
    Wish you were here

    • Jacob Page
    • November 4th, 2019 5:10am

    Wow, you guys really must have some poor morals to just leave us hanging for a year and then advertise Alien blackout, which be honest with yourselves, was a very unwise decision on Fox Interactive’s part. Just confirm a cancellation of reset. People eventually will forget about you and move on. Admitting failure is not just the morally stronger thing to do, its apart of growing into a better version of yourself, be it a better development team or at this point, a better person with better ethics

    • JeffNo
    • November 8th, 2019 11:11pm

    I still believe!

    If nothing else, I really appreciate your posts on your tech. I’ve learned a lot from them.

    You know what you gotta do, right? Go back in time a couple years and collaborate with your former selves on Reset. Then when those copies of you catch up with your current selves, the four of you go back in time again, and the eight of you can get it done. :-)
    It’ll totally work out because your former selves will be (have been?) _expecting_ you to come/go back.

    • Kepe
    • November 26th, 2019 2:01am

    It’ss been three years since you said you were finalizing the game but had to postpone its release. I paid money for this game over five years ago. What is going on with Reset? Is it still being developed? Getting one status update per year on the progress isn’t exactly enough, since you crowd-funded this game. Backers want to know what’s going on. We were promised a product we paid for. I’m still interested in the game, but my feelings towards the developers are anything but positive… Just tell us something! Has it been canceled? What have you been doing with the game? Are you going to keep polishing it until the end of time? Why not let backers test the alpha/beta/whatever stage the game is in to find bugs?

    • Kepe
    • November 26th, 2019 3:08am

    Here are some words you wrote yourselves in 2014 after the crowd funding campaign:

    “In Finland crowd funding is legal when it is based on pre-sales: funding that is based on selling actual goods. Money gathering without compensation is illegal for companies.

    One thing is pretty clear from our experience. Effective communication is vital. Through every possible channel. … In this age of noisiness, you must make more noise to stand out from the noise.”

    We have not gotten a product. We paid for a product, as you say, as a pre-purchase of something that was promised to be delivered to us, the customers, in 2014. We have not gotten updates about Reset since January 24, 2019, and even that was just a “work is still in progress” and no more information about what is happening. The last proper development update is from June, 2016. That was three and a half years ago.

    According to an article on Vice (google “vice what happened to reset”) you have received monetary support from the Finnish government. I’m quite sure you have to actually make something with that money, instead of just take it and run with it.

    You have sold people products that you have not delivered six years after payment. You have received government funding for a project that has not materialized into anything at all. I count two cases of criminal fraud right there.

    If you have something to say to defend yourselves, then say it. Otherwise, you are going to be in legal trouble over your vaporware, for which people and the Finnish government have paid you money.

    Thank you.

    – An Indiegogo backer

      • Dingena
      • December 1st, 2019 2:34am

      I absolutely agree with this

    • Sutanreyu
    • December 4th, 2019 10:48am

    At least the site is still up.

    • Chrismo
    • December 6th, 2019 9:39pm

    This game is never going to be released. Too bad, because it sure had potential. We have waited for several years without any payoff, and I’m sure the developers want to do something else with their lives than focusing on a single game. So let’s just pack it up, and the last man remember to turn off the light.

  8. nice work, simple and effective

    • TEl
    • December 14th, 2019 1:21am


    I knew you guy’s were pretty much doomed when the kickstarter aimed for some pretty lofty goals.But it was such a cool design I bookmarked the game.

    The original demo that took a lot of scrounging on the internet to find and even more to get up and running, wasn’t great but also not any worse than other games of the time.

    And then I lost track of you for what five years?

    Damn has it really been five years? Don’t know about you but the last five have had a spectacular set of messes and heartache personally.

    Saw Reset on steam greenlight….that was a while ago even greenlight is gone now. Pity nothing shipped at that point. Even a fairly decent sandbox puzzle level for giggles would have been welcome.

    And then I lost you guys again.

    Last three years I have gotten my act together more or less, getting away from bad influences, buying a house, moving across country, getting a better job.

    Gaming isn’t so important in my life as it was nearly a decade ago now when RESET first popped up.

    found you guys again today when cleaning out an old firefox install.

    Just watched the twelve minute gameplay trailer from a few years ago something like five minutes ago as of this post.

    Wow spectacular.

    If the footage was true you were only a handful of voice acting and assets away from a solid adventure game. I don’t know what happened, or if it was all a canned render with careful splices but however it was it was impressive.

    And here we are on a post from very nearly a year ago for a phone game that barely made a splash.

    Aliens was good but the franchise isn’t what it used to be when it was just alien and CGI wasn’t the glue that held Hollywood together.

    I do hope RESET is still somehow a weekend project of love, but I also hope it finally sees it’s release before it’s ten year anniversary.

    Merry Christmas from here in December 2019.

    May the new year bring joy, a full alpha release start to finish game, a story that makes sense of such a wonderful mechanic, and not to many cutscenes.

    I just want end by saying sometimes projects have a way of getting away from you. There is a point where you can do a thing start to finish even if it is not perfect for you but it is perfect for the fans because it is done.

    I hope 2020 is the year it all comes together and you guys get a very nice paycheck.

    • poune
    • December 31st, 2019 11:30pm

    Happy new year
    In Theory… Still here ………..

      • justsomeguy
      • January 12th, 2020 2:57am


    • bob de builder
    • January 18th, 2020 12:22am

    Goodbye cruel world
    I’m leaving you today

    Goodbye all you people
    There’s nothing you can say
    To make me change
    My mind

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  10. Nobody Home

    I’ve got a little black book with my poems in
    Got a bag with a toothbrush and a comb in
    When I’m a good dog
    They sometimes throw me the bone in

    I got elastic bands keepin’ my shoes on
    Got those swollen hand blues
    I got thirteen channels of shit on the TV to choose from
    I’ve got electric light

    And I’ve got second sight
    I got amazing powers of observation
    And that is how I know, when I try to get through
    On the telephone to you, there’ll be nobody home

    I’ve got the obligatory Hendrix perm and the inevitable pinhole burns
    All down the front of my favorite satin shirt
    I’ve got nicotine stains on my fingers, I’ve got a silver spoon on a chain
    Got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains

    I’ve got wild staring eyes
    And I’ve got a strong urge to fly, but I got nowhere to fly to
    Ooh, babe when I pick up the phone there is still nobody home
    I’ve got a pair of Gohills boots and I got fading roots

    • justsomeguy
    • January 30th, 2020 5:44am

    Oh, uhhh.. this is embarrassing… you forgot our anniversary.

  11. Last update

    2019 24/01

    this is dead …can we get our money back ?

    • Spookmineer
    • January 31st, 2020 1:54am

    Posted on this site 11-11-2013:

    Important Notice Concerning Our Indiegogo Campaign!

    Finnish law does not allow companies to accept donations without compensation. Therefore we cannot accept contributions without perks. If you want to contribute, please select a perk. Thank you!

    So… where are our perks?

    • justsomeguy
    • February 7th, 2020 3:28am

    this stinks

    • gubelfax
    • February 16th, 2020 11:11am

    I hope you have a bad conscience at least.


  12. Excellent post, Thank you so much, I have found interesting things here

    • justsomeguy
    • March 19th, 2020 4:59pm

    I wonder if reset will get delayed due to COVID-19

    • poune
    • April 4th, 2020 12:23pm

    or finally time at home to work on a project

  13. Last reset-related blog post: 792 days ago

    • VaporWare
    • May 7th, 2020 10:19pm

    Since your company made about 20k euros of benefit last year and that your studio seems to manage getting some good contracts (75k of sells) what about finishing and release the game that you guys sell us in 2013 ? 7 years it’s about time right ?

  14. very good post,thank you so much.

    • reborn
    • June 17th, 2020 12:26am

    People…i never invested a penny unto this. If you did, this is the perfect opportunity to sue this ass****. I know some of you were hyped years and years ago but i beg you, open your eyes to reality!

    This guys scamed you. Just look at the tone of the posts, the content…
    They all are overwhelmingly cringy trying to sound friendly. Its not real. These guys want to make you think they are actually doing something. Those videos and pictures are not real. I know it may be hard to accept if you’ve long awaited for this game, but, for all of us not biased by that experience its crystal clear.

    Move on. Forget this and, if you have a chance, see if you can get your money back. Scammers exist. Its ok, it could have happened to anyone of us.
    Its just, it hurts to see some of you here still waiting for something, still defending these guys. Its all just smoke and words, i beg you. Try to see if there’s something you can do, but accept this people scammed you.
    No, they are not “working hard on RESET because of COVID”. No, they are not “realeasing” ANYTHING soon.
    Don’t let them fool you with that line of “we haven’t come this far to abandon our dreams almost at the end”
    That was YEARS ago. Y-E-A-R-S. Want to see a real videogame dream fullfilled? Go see Stardew Valley, go see Project Zomboid. Those guys didn’t stop.
    Wake up.

      • crystallize
      • July 31st, 2020 4:58am

      Probably scammers but still there was a couple of those gameplay videos that weren’t CGI.

    • bob de builder
    • July 25th, 2020 4:12pm

    Hello? Hello? Hello?
    Is there anybody in there?
    Just nod if you can hear me
    Is there anyone at home?
    Come on now
    I hear you’re feeling down
    Well I can ease your pain
    Get you on your feet again
    I’ll need some information first
    Just the basic facts
    Can you show me where it hurts?
    There is no pain you are receding
    A distant ship smoke on the horizon
    You are only coming through in waves
    Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
    When I was a child I had a fever
    My hands felt just like two balloons
    Now I’ve got that feeling once again
    I can’t explain you would not understand
    This is not how I am
    I have become comfortably numb
    Just a little pinprick
    There’ll be no more, ah
    But you may feel a little sick
    Can you stand up?
    I do believe it’s working, good
    That’ll keep you going through the show
    Come on it’s time to go
    There is no pain you are receding
    A distant ship, smoke on the horizon
    You are only coming through in waves
    Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
    When I was a child
    I caught a fleeting glimpse
    Out of the corner of my eye
    I turned to look but it was gone
    I cannot put my finger on it now
    The child is grown
    The dream is gone
    I have become comfortably numb

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    • JDog2pt0
    • August 14th, 2020 3:25pm

    August, 2020. And still we wait. Seems like actual progress was being made for a while there then *POOF* radio silence. Ugh

  16. Last reset-related blog post: 924 days ago

    • Jaydead
    • August 31st, 2020 11:07pm

    I thought these guys had even a small clue how to manage a crowd funding and the backers that decided to support them. I guess I was wrong. Professionals…pfft amateur hour for years!
    Honesty would have gone a long way here, but hard to imagine what would garner sympathy at this point if they decided to speak up.

    Good luck getting any support in the future!