Free League Publishing, publishers of the 2014 tabletop RPG Mutant: Year Zero, have announced a deal with 20th Century Fox to produce a series of tabletop Alien RPG titles based on the award-winning franchise. The series will kick off in late 2019 with the release of the first Alien RPG set several years after the events of the first Alien film. Building on over 4 decades of lore and world building the first entry in the series will have players focusing on the myriad of possibilities which the Outer Rim Frontier offers, including the exploits of colonists, scientists, and the colonial marine service.
Game design is being overseen by Tomas Härenstam, co-founder of Free League Publishing, and director of Mutant: Year Zero and Tales from the Loop, two of the company’s most popular sci-fi RPG projects to date. The artwork will be provided by Martin Grip, John Mullaney, and Axel Torvenius.
Härenstam also had this to say about his design philosophy with the game.
“The Alien saga isn’t about superheroes with superior firepower, 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.”
As well as a framework for campaigns the team are also experimenting with a ‘cinematic mode’, which tasks players with running through pre-written scenarios in a single session in a mirror of the dramatic arc of an Alien movie. This extra mode offers fast and brutal gameplay, as well as the ramping stakes one might expect from a product set in the horrifying Alien universe. The initial release is slated for the end of 2019 with more products in the series planned for 2020 and onwards.
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