Free League Publishing has announced a tabletop RPG set in the Alien universe. The game, titled Alien: The Roleplaying Game, will feature original stories set in the world of the 1979 sci-fi horror classic when it releases later this year.
According to the game's official site, Alien will be set in 2183, after the events of Alien 3. Conflicts between rival areas of space have increased and distrust between the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and the United Americas is growing.
Alien will have two game modes: cinematic and campaign play. Cinematic play is designed for single-session games emphasizing high stakes and the thrill of fast, brutal gaming. The mode will be based on pre-made scenarios similar to scenes in the franchise's films. Campaign play is meant for longer games spread out over multiple sessions and will allow players to more freely explore the Alien universe.
The game will be published as an illustrated hardcover book, and its gameplay will be based on an upgraded version of Free League Publishing's Year Zero engine, which was used in its award-winning Tales from the Loop. Free League Publishing published a trailer giving a sneak peek at the game's visual style:
Alien: The Roleplaying Game won't be the first Alien tabletop roleplaying game, as Leading Edge Games published Aliens Adventure Game in 1991. While the Aliens Adventure Game was based on the plot of the second entry in the movie series, Free League Publishing's RPG will have storylines specifically created for the game.
Alien: The Roleplaying Game is published by Free League Publishing, Genuine Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. Free League Publishing is the international arm of Swedish speculative fiction book and game publisher Fria Ligan.