Alien: Isolation is only a few more weeks away from release and we’re priming ourselves for a very intense and stressful reviewing period with it. Thankfully, we now have an idea of how long we’ll have to endure the horrors that The Creative Assembly has prepared for us.
A few weeks ago, there was a news post released online that stated that Alien: Isolation would be around 25 hours long based on some weird math calculation that was passed off as official details. Thankfully, that is incorrect as horror games can quickly stagnate if they go on for too long.
In an interview with Gamingbolt, Gary Napper of The Creative Assesmbly discussed how long it should take players to complete Alien: Isolation saying, “The play-time for the game is kind of tricky. Because of the systematic AI and because of the fact that so many different things can happen. You can have some players that will play for a long time and never seen the alien. Other players will have deadly stand-offs and die a few times and maybe some humans might appear or androids. So, we see massively varied game-times from this way. But we are kind of aiming for a 12-15 hour campaign.”
As noted by Napper, it’s hard to mark down playtimes for horror games as some players will get stuck at certain points, or be extra cautious to avoid having to change their pants every half ‘n’ hour. But, 12-15 hours for a horror game is usually the sweet spot as long as the developers can keep the horror fresh. Napper compared Isolation to the original Dead Space in the interview, and that’s definitely something to note.