Alien: Isolation – the secretive techniques for that authentic sound

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In a new developer diary video we’re let in on the secrets of sound production – which includes shower basins.

Alien: Isolation developers, Creative Assembly, have let us in on their techniques used to assemble the ultimate ode to the sounds of the Alien universe. The developers put together their own orchestra, which included some musicians who played on the original recordings in the 70s with composer Jerry Goldsmith, as well as using some other unique techniques.

Being given access to the original sound recordings from the first movie helped the devs re-create and capture that authentic Alien movie feel. Some techniques shown in the video are; squishing fruit and veg; and walking about on a shower basin – not exactly high-end stuff, folks, but effective nonetheless.

Audio Designer Byron Bullock talks about the sound engine in the game, which changes and adapts based on what the alien and player is doing. If the player is hiding from the alien the sound will change to bring about tension, to “drive an emotional reaction from the player,” said Bullock.

Alien: Isolation is looking, and sounding, to be the Alien experience we’ve all been waiting for. Take a look at the latest dev diary video below.

Alien: Isolation is due for release on 7 October 2014, for PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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