Aliens: Dark Descent trailer reveals brutal co-op shooter

The new game reveals at the Summer Game Fest have kicked off with Aliens: Dark Descent, a co-op shooter in the style of Alien Swarm and The Ascent. You’ll get an overview of the action, which just means you’ll have an even better view of the xenomorphs as they swarm and eviscerate you.

The Aliens: Dark Descent reveal trailer has a lot to like and a great start for Summer Game Fest. It starts off with a view of the classic marine dropship, close-ups of pulse rifles, smart guns, and motion trackers, it’s everything we’d like to see in an Aliens game. Check it out for yourself below:

While there are a lot of Alien games, they’ve certainly been a mixed bag. The absolute pinnacles are Alien Isolation and Alien Vs Predator 2, but more recent entries, such as Aliens: Fireteam left a lot to be desired. The third-person co-op shooter didn’t capture the raw terror and power of the creatures you’re fighting.

So, will Aliens: Dark Descent be able to enter the pantheon? At first blush, a bird’s eye view co-op shooter doesn’t seem like something that fits the Alien canon. If you’re not up close with the action how can you possibly find the xenomorph all that scary? Except, there’s a fantastic game that developer Tindalos looks to be using as a model for Dark Descent: Alien Swarm.

Available for free on Steam, Alien Swarm is an excellent co-op shooter that sees you facing off against, well, you guessed it, swarms of aliens. You and your friends are constantly up against it with walls of fleshy enemies crushing you into tight corners and corridors before eating you alive. 

You could control the space by using heavy weapons like miniguns and flamethrowers, but also by welding shut airlock doors to try and limit the speed of the swarm. It looks like Aliens: Dark Descent has the same functionality.

We’ve a while to wait to find out if Aliens: Dark Descent lives up to Alien Swarm, it’s not due out until 2023. But I can’t wait to see more. It's coming for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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