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An Official Alien Roleplaying Game is On the Way

April 26, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Alien The Roleplaying Game

Ever wanted to go one-on-one with a Xenomorph in your roleplaying endeavors? That will be an option soon, as an official Alien RPG is on the way. Free League has announced that they have enterted into an agreement with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products that kicks off later this year, and will launch an ongoing tabletop RPG series that will utilize the “four decades of world-building within this beloved universe.”

The first game will take place shortly after the events of 1986’s Aliens and will “propel players into the vast possibilities of the Outer Rim Frontier. From the pioneering colonists and scientists to the ever-present Company reps and Colonial Marines, the game promises a diverse range of characters and gameplay experiences far beyond the staple cat-and-mouse suspense and survival horror of the franchise.”

The game will include both the sandbox campaign mode — in other words, the traditional open-world RPG experience — along with a “Cinematic” mode that will feature pre-generated scenarios, which players have to complete within a single session. “Emulating the dramatic arc of an Alien film,” the announcement notes, “these survival challenges promise escalating stakes and fast (often brutal) gameplay where most players aren’t expected to last the night.”

“The Alien saga isn’t about superheroes with superior firepower,” says game director Härenstam. “It’s about placing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and testing the endurance of the human spirit against inhuman atrocities and impossible odds. Such a harsh yet hopeful universe has captured our imagination for 40 years with good reason, and we’re excited to explore new stories and perspectives as players must face their demons (in a true and metaphoric sense) and brave the horrors of the unknown.”

Free League is known for their science fiction RPG Tales From the Loop, which won the 2017 ENnie Awards for Best Setting, Best Writing, Best Art, Best Game, and Product of the Year. You can see a trailer for the Alien RPG below, and find out more about the game here.

Alien – The Roleplaying Game Trailer from Free League on Vimeo.