New Alien: Isolation Dev Diary Illustrates the Importance of Sound in the Horror Genre
Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation has had three developer diaries so far: "Origins", "Creating The Alien", and "Behind the Terror". The fourth developer diary, released today, is called "The Sound of Alien: Isolation." Sound is arguably the most crucial aspect of any horror experience, and thankfully Creative Assembly realizes this. Creative Lead Alistair Hope said that the studio was actually "given access to the original sound recordings from the first film," which certainly helped them recreate the atmosphere so many fans want to see.
Another aspect of the sound is obviously the musical score. Audio Designer Byron Bullock explained that because the alien is adaptive, a static score wouldn't work. Instead, the studio programmed the score so that it would adapt based on what the player was doing and what the alien was doing. For example, when the player is hiding from the alien, the score recognizes this action and becomes more tense.
Alien: Isolation is coming October 7, 2014, to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Source: Official Site