Fans of the Alien franchise have even more reason to anticipate Alien: Covenant as director Ridley Scott is set to immerse audiences in a virtual reality game set in the latest film.
The Alien: Covenant Virtual Reality Experience will come to all major VR platforms as a paid-for title for an as yet unknown date, though it can be assumed the game will be timed for or close to the film’s May 19th, 2017 release.
Ridley Scott is partnering with the Fox Innovation Lab to produce the game, but it will actually be his visual effects artist David Karlak who will direct the VR experience. Fox Innovation has described the game as a “dread-inducing journey into the depths of the Alien universe” and that players will have to “navigate through horrifying alien environments and a story where every decision could mean the difference between life and death.”
This isn’t the first time an attempt to bring Alien to the VR setting has been made; Alien Isolation was set to have a VR experience of its own on the Occulus Rift, even going so far as to have a demo, but never made it past development. With this tying into a major Hollywood film, however, we can hopefully expect much more work to be put into this project.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Alien: Covenant is set for release on May 19th, 2017 and is penned by Michael Green, Jack Paglen and John Logan. Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace return alongside new cast additions Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Billy Crudup (Watchmen), Jussie Smollett (Empire), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Benjamin Rigby (That’s Not Me), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills) and James Franco (Why Him?).