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Alien: Isolation gets Nightmare, Novice difficulty modes

Oh dear.

As if Alien: Isolation really needed to be harder, The Creative Assembly released a new, free update today that added a Nightmare difficulty to the game.

“We’ve seen a number of players with extremely strong dispositions demand more challenges for their Alien: Isolation encounter – another try at survival against tougher odds,” an update read on the official Alien: Isolation website. “In response to your requests, we’ve created Nightmare Mode, a new difficulty level, which should challenge players to beat the ultimate Alien: Isolation experience.

The Nightmare Mode will feature damage to the motion tracker’s display, making it difficult to read and “undependable information.” Additionally, “resources will be even more limited, the map systems have gone offline and fellow survivors and synthetics are even more deadly and aggressive.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, they went and upgraded the Alien’s AI, so it will be even more of a bastard than ever before. “With an upgraded AI that has amplified its fatal hostility, every step you take may be your last,” the update read. “Our monster is more adaptive, learning from your tactics with chilling speed and with intensified senses that will give you no second chances.”

Proving Creative Assembly isn’t out to make us whimper like school children watching a mildly scary movie, they’ve also included a Novice Mode, which features “more resources and ammunition, with synthetics and fellow survivors being less troublesome. Our Alien will also be more forgiving, more easily distracted and less aggressive in his hunting style.”

You can read our Alien: Isolation review here.

Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief at SEGA Nerds and Mega Visions Magazine. Over the years, he's written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. Oh yeah, he's also been a diehard SEGA Nerd his entire life.

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