In 2022 and early 2023, gamers will see the release of a few new science-fiction FPS titles. From the DOOM-inspired Warhammer 40K: Boltgun to the odd and unique High On Life from the creators of Rick and Morty, players wanting to escape to distant worlds and see strange alien species will have plenty of options coming their way. Now, another sci-fi title has been revealed, coming from Creative Assembly, the studio best known for the Total War franchise and Alien Isolation.
Alien Isolation was a well-received title, taking the Alien franchise back to its horror roots with a game that trapped the player inside a space station with a Xenomorph threat. The game was so good that other sci-fi horror games like the upcoming title Routine have been compared to Alien Isolation. After producing a successful sci-fi horror game, Creative Assembly’s Studio Director Gareth Edmondson and Creative Director Alistair Hope have stated that the company is working on an FPS title.
So far, this new title doesn’t have a name, and there’s not a release date attached to it either. However, there have been some statements from Hope and Edmondson about the upcoming game. This project will boast a “drive for attention to detail and authenticity,” says Hope, alongside understanding the “source material.” It is interesting that Hope makes a statement regarding source material, as Chief Product Officer for Creative Assembly Rob Bartholomew added that the IP for the game is new, and “it’s a world that we’re creating.”
Combining Hope’s statement about source material, and Bartholomew’s words of a new world, some fans believe that rather than this be an entirely new universe Creative Assembly is creating, the developer is producing a new setting for an existing product. Considering Creative Assembly’s experience with Warhammer fantasy after creating Total War Warhammer, it is likely that the developer could make a game in the Warhammer 40k setting instead.
There are other options for what this new IP could be as well. In 2021 Creative Assembly teased this new game with an image that featured references to SEGA properties like Jet Set Radio and Sonic the Hedgehog. SEGA has previously announced that it is reviving some of its older franchises like Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio, so Creative Assembly’s work could be a part of that. However, it could be that Creative Assembly believes its new setting will become an instant classic, deserving of a place among SEGA’s most popular franchises. This game seems to be unlike anything the studio has worked on before, and while Alien Isolation shows Creative Assembly’s experience with the first-person perspective, there is a great difference between a first-person stealth game and an FPS.