Alien fans might be getting more than just a new mobile game in 2019. A new tweet from the Alien Anthology Twitter account, which represents 21st Century Fox’s franchise, suggest the company means to expand on the story started in 2014’s Alien: Isolation in more ways than one.
The Alien Anthology account tweeted that more news is on its way for the franchise, specifically concerning Amanda Ripley, the daughter of series protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). That followed the announcement that Amanda would star in a new mobile game called Alien: Blackout, which is due out on Google Play and the iTunes App Store on January 24.
— Alien (@AlienAnthology) January 7, 2019
Amanda was the player character in Isolation, which took place 15 years after the events of the original 1979 film. In that game, Amanda went with a Weyland-Yutani team to Sevastopol Station, a distant space station in the process of being decommissioned, after the flight recorder was recovered from Ellen’s destroyed ship, the Nostromo. While Amanda eventually got hold of the recorder, she also went through the same thing as her mother, when an alien began picking off the people of Sevastopol one by one. Alien: Blackout seems to pick up the story from there, with Amanda trying to fend off another alien in a place called Mendel Station while still pursuing answers about what happened to Ellen.
The tweets from Alien Anthology teasing the new game also use the hashtags #AmandaRipley and #ReadPlayWatch, which suggests there’s more to do with Amanda’s story than just play it. In fact, the latest tweet emphasizes the “watch” part of the hashtag with capitalized letters, unlike the other tweets.
Just what “watch” might mean (or “read,” for that matter) is anybody’s guess at this point. The Alien franchise has long been more than just movies, expanding into comics and novels as well as games. The franchise has seen something of a resurgence recently with the release of two prequel movies, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, but it’s not clear whether there will be a follow-up to director Ridley Scott’s Covenant. Amanda’s story provides another avenue that it seems the franchise is set to explore, in some form or another.
Still, while fans might have hoped for a full sequel to Alien: Isolation rather than a mobile game, at least it seems that Amanda Ripley isn’t being totally discarded from the Alien story.