If the original Alien (or any one of its increasingly weird-bad sequels) made you hide behind the sofa in fear, or the creepy hide-and-seek game Alien: Isolation put you in genuine danger of having to change your trousers, then it’s time to get your revenge.
The Xenomorph – a villain so terrifying that most of the films focus on merely the threat of seeing it – is getting added to Fortnite, alongside Alien heroine Ripley, so you can finally humiliate the big nasty alien by making it floss. Imagine trying to explain that to someone from 1979.
So, the Xenomorph returning might be bad news – especially for Ellen Ripley – but good news is that Jonesy the cat survived, and he’ll be included in the game as part of the Weyland-Yutani Cat Carrier. Ripley also has a clothing variant option: the Nostromo Crew outfit, which gives her long hair, plus a kind of horrible chest-burster emote that has the Fortnite llama erupting from Ripley’s ribcage. No thanks.
The Xenomorph comes equipped with the Xenomorph Tail Back Bling and the “Xeno Menace” emote. Players can also grab the Space Gear Bundle, which includes the P-500 Power Loader Arm Pickaxe, the Cheyenne Dropship Glider, and the “Burst Case Scenario” emote.
Fortnite’s Twitter account teased the additions earlier this week with an “incoming transmission” from Jonesy (not the cat), in which he mentions 1986 – the year Aliens came out – as well as the fact that he’s got “some kind of heartburn”. We all know what that means. RIP Jonesy.
It might be worth spending the V-Bucks that you’ll get as a result of the class action lawsuit against Epic and the in-game loot boxes, if you didn’t already earmark them for Ryu and Chun-Li, who were announced last week, or the characters from Tron, who were announced the week before. Looks like Epic are focusing their fire on retro culture – which makes us wonder how many of the game’s players, who tend to skew younger, will appreciate the additions.
It would seem like some players are far more keen for Epic to reveal the rumoured Family Guy pack, after dataminers revealed footage from the cartoon show late last week.
Will you be maining Xenomorph from now on, or are you more interested in Jonesy the Cat? Give us your takes on this new addition in the comments below.