There has been some controversy lately over the nature of pre-order bonuses for games, centered around the bonus offerings of Alien: Isolation, the survival-horror game under development at Creative Assembly. The game proper follows the story of Ellen Ripley’s daughter as she dodges a Xenomorph inbetween Alien and Aliens, but the pre-order bonus DLC gives you control of Ellen Ripley herself in The Crew Expendable and Last Survivor.
Bringing back most of the cast of the original film, including Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, and covering two large missions aboard the Nostromo, it seemed like a hell of a lot of content to give out before any reviews came in. And given the response to the last Alien game that looked really cool prior to launch, you can understand the reservedness.
Last night, Creative Assembly cleared up some of the concern about such a big pre-launch bonus by confirming that The Crew Expendable and Last Survivor will be available for purchase after launch. From their community manager;
“…Some of you have been asking if the two pieces of content are only available through pre-order or if we’ll be releasing them at a later date as well. So, I can confirm today that we do plan to release both Crew Expendable and Last Survivor at a later date and we’ll have more details for you guys on that shortly.”
A good compromise, but I don’t think the worry and concern was out of place. This was a big pre-order bonus, a lot of content available to only a few, and in an age where Early Access and day one DLC are becoming a minefield of potential scandals, it can’t hurt to call potential bullshit when you see it.
Alien: Isolation comes out October 7th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.