10 Things You Don’t Know About Alien Breed: Impact for PS3

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Hi everyone! With Alien Breed: Impact launching in the U.S. tomorrow, we’ve pulled together some (hopefully!) fascinating things you may not know about the game. First, though, you might want to see what Alien Breed: Impact looks like in action.



  1. Alien Breed: Impact is a re-imagining of the classic Amiga games. The original Alien Breed is remembered as one of the foremost games released on the Amiga. Launched in 1991 and developed and published by Team17, it proved to be a huge success, with the Special Edition version spending an incredible 33 unbroken weeks at the top of the UK sales charts. A sequel was released in 1993 (Alien Breed 2: The Horror Continues), followed by Alien Breed: Tower Assault and a couple of 3D editions, both of which also won numerous awards.
  2. “Heart of Darkness” helped inspire Alien Breed: Impact. The game’s main influences are obviously classic sci-fi, horror and action movies, as well as games and comics. But you might not know that hidden in the narrative of the game there are also numerous references to Joseph Conrad’s classic novella “Heart of Darkness” (which itself was the inspiration for the film “Apocalypse Now”). The name of the hero is Conrad, the name of the space ship is the Leopold (a reference to the steamer in Conrad’s novella), and most of the other character names have a “Heart of Darkness” connection.
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  4. It looks stunning. With great visuals, atmospheric environments and cool special effects, our highly modified version of Epic GamesUnreal Engine 3 enables us to push the boundaries of what is visually possible for a downloadable game. We really hope you like the result!
  5. Alien Breed: Impact isn’t just a simplistic blaster. It presents numerous other tactical gameplay challenges to the player. Our general advice: conserve your ammo; work out quickly which weapons work best against which enemies; use the melee attack (it’s great for killing alien eggs and those little “burster” aliens); use health packs, items and grenades; and collect as many credits as you can scattered throughout the levels and spend them on various upgrades in the Intex shops.
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  7. Cooperate or perish! Alien Breed: Impact isn’t just a single player title. It also features exciting and competitive two-player co-op action, local or online, with specific characters and storyline that run in parallel to the main story. Check it out — it’s my favorite way to play the game.
  8. There’s more to come. Alien Breed: Impact is the first of three games in the new Alien Breed universe, with Alien Breed 2: Assault and Alien Breed 3: Descent coming soon to PSN over the next few months.
  9. Alien Breed: Impact includes a Platinum Trophy. “The Completionist” is awarded when all other Trophies in the game have been collected. Good luck with that, guys. It’s pretty tough, so let us know how you get on!
  10. Try cranking the difficulty up a notch (or two). On the hardest difficulty level, we have found that the way people play the game changes, from gung-ho arcade blasting that you can do on the easier settings, to a much more tactical, thoughtful approach, more akin to survival horror gaming. Ammo is scarce and you really have to think about how to take down the slimy alien horde and complete Conrad’s missions.
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  12. Alien Breed: Impact is created by Team17. Apparently we’re those ‘crazy’ UK guys behind the Worms games!
  13. Any similarities are entirely coincidental. Any rumours about the ugly, slimy, smelly, and disgusting alien enemies in the game being designed to specifically look like key members of Team17 are completely untrue! ;-)

We really hope you enjoy the game when it comes out tomorrow on PSN. All of us at Team17 would encourage you to ‘get up there and whoop E.T.’s butt’, as a wise man once said…..

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  • looks good! might have to check out the demo to test it out myself..

  • @1…man, I’m certain you skimmed simply do to the excitement of it all, but John lists in buller point (5)…

    “…and competitive two-player co-op action, local or online…”

  • Greg Lanz

    Hello everyone, contrary to how my posts are showing up at the moment, my name is Mark Baldwin and I’m the community manager here at Team17. I will do my best to answer any questions you have about Alien Breed. :)

  • Does online co-op support voice chat?

  • John Dennis or Mark Baldwin,

    If I have a 360 and a PS3, and want to get this game, why should I get Impact over Evolution?
    What changes have you made to Evolution with Impact?

    Thanks for the info and help!

    • Ok, here you go.

      Item and weapons upgrades have been added. New particle effects, audio and weapon models have also been created.

      Currency has been littered around the levels for the player to collect and then spend at the Intex Consoles.

      Duplicate alien models have been replaced with unique models so each alien has its own easily recognisable silhouette, again leading to more tactical play.

      While the waypoints for the main objectives remain on the scanner, the “bread-crumb” waypoints that give the player more help in navigating the levels have been addressed; players looking for more of a challenge now have the option to turn off way-pointing in the game options.

      When a player character dies in multi-player co-op play, they spend an increased period of time prone, and come back with only half health. This means there is now more of a penalty when a player dies in co-op play.

      The trial/demo has been expanded, with more cinematic cut scenes adding to the narrative and a new, exciting cliffhanger ending.

  • Co-op mode is too hard.

  • I got this when It came out In europe and It’s alot of fun. Would definitely recommend it to all you americans :). Getting the platinum trophy was fun too.

  • Will definitely try out the demo.

  • when will it be out for psn asia ? not to mention lara croft too…hurry up !! can’t wait !!!

  • This game looks sick. I don’t know how you can compare this game to Alien Swarm. Alien Breed looks crazy and sounds intense.

  • Cant find anywhere in PSN US yet. Cant wait anymore!!! \o/

  • 27 trophies, including a Plat. For $14.99 a good deal for the trophy hunters.

  • Any idea when the release date in Canada is? Looks like fun times are to be had playin’ this.

  • Woot! This came out today for PS+ users at a discount. Gotta get it now.

  • I hope it’s a highly modified engine, considering so many Unreal 3 games perform poorly on PS3. This game looks kinda cool, I thought it would be something different.

  • Great job love the demo game rocks unlocking full version now!!

  • First of all – Big Thanks for the Team 17 crew for supporting Amiga as long as you did. I never had a chance to say that, and I hope this message will get to the people who were creating games for a system in trouble, even if it meant entering PC/Console market lately. We do realize that, and are forever grateful.
    As for Impact – it is a pleasant surprise to see improved version on PSN, after all many Amiga fans are here. I wish you huge sales and Alien Breed 3D Killing Grounds 2 using Killzone engine soon :)

  • i just played the demo, it is so clear that it is only a 360 port, the button layout are for the 360 (R2 to shoot) and you cannot change them and the left stick is called LS, should be L3

  • Can we get Alien Breed 2 for ps3…I was checking xbox live arcade and saw they had it!! I love this game!!

  • How does the “parallel story” of co-op work? Is it basically through the same levels of the single player campaign, but there are just some cutscenes, etc., missing? Or is it a subset of the single player campaign, with a few select levels from the single-player version that seemed to work best in co-op.

    I’m thinking of buying this game exclusively for the online co-op, but was wondering how much you miss out on from the single player experience.

  • Wow I LOVE this game! This is better than most full-priced retail games. When I heard about Survivor mode in the sequel, I knew I had to have it. I love those kinds of modes. I downloaded it on my 360 but haven’t played it yet because I want to finish this one first. Will you be expanding on Survivor mode in the third game? Please do! The more of Survivor mode, the better! Great job, Team 17!

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