Alien Isolation Update Adds Nightmare Mode And Novice Difficulty

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Dec 10, 2014 07:10 PM EST

Survival-horror title Alien: Isolation has received a free update that adds a new difficulty mode at each end of the spectrum.

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The developers have introduced a much-requested Nightmare Mode, bumping the game's difficulty even higher and making the game less forgiving. With a broken motion tracker feeding unreliable information, players must face an improved alien AI and harsher mechanics.

The alien is more aggressive in its hunting and adapts to the player's tactics more quickly than before, while heightened senses will not provide any second chance encounters. Additionally, the resources in Nightmare Mode are more scarce, androids more deadly, and there is no map system.

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On the other end, the update also adds the much easier Novice Mode. The low difficulty level has the inverse of what Nightmare's increased challenges: easier androids, more resources, and a more forgiving alien AI. It will get distracted more easily, and hunt less aggressively, providing a good alternative to those frustrated by the normal experience.

Alien: Isolation launched on October 7 for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3. The patch is available for free now on all platforms.

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