This article covers the pre-rendered cutscenes in the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation, including every cutscene in the released game as well as cutscenes referenced in the game files which were later cut due to story changes.
Alien: Isolation's cutscenes were produced by Axis Animation in early 2013. Due to the poor reception of Aliens: Colonial Marines, SEGA conducted a review into the development of Alien: Isolation, resulting in a large story rewrite around the middle of 2013. In this rewrite around half of the cutscenes produced by Axis Animation were scrapped, however the animations for these removed cutscenes ended up shipping in the final game's files. Some cutscenes were also seemingly reworked/remade by Creative Assembly to fit into the altered storyline.
Cutscenes listed below that didn't make the final game are marked with "[removed from final game]" and their descriptions have been interpolated from information in the game's files, and other known story beats.
Description: The animated title sequence to Alien: Isolation.
Description: Samuels talks to Ripley in an unknown location. He tells her about the flight recorder being recovered and invites her on the mission to Sevastopol.
AYZ_SC02 [removed from final game]
Description: Presumed to show the crew discovering the Solace.
AYZ_SC03 [removed from final game]
Description: Presumed to take place aboard the Solace.
Characters: Spacesuit Ripley
AYZ_SC05 [removed from final game]
Description: Presumed to take place aboard the Solace.
Characters: Spacesuit Ripley
AYZ_SC06 [removed from final game]
Description: Presumed to take place after returning from the Solace.
Characters: Cat, Ripley, Samuels, Verlaine, Taylor
AYZ_SC08 / AYZ_SC09 / AYZ_SC10 (cutscene_08_09_10)
Description: The Torrens tries to contact Sevastopol and has issues. Samuels, Amanda, and Taylor suit up and attempt to EVA across to Sevastopol from the Torrens as it is unable to dock. Debris from Ricardo's earlier detonation to trap a Xenomorph cuts their line and causes Ripley to separate from the rest of the crew. Oddly, the game files reference animations for Heyst, Marlow, Meeks, and Samuels' corpses here.
Characters: Ripley, Samuels, Taylor, Connor, Verlaine, Spacesuit Ripley, Spacesuit Samuels, Spacesuit Taylor, Spacesuit Heyst Corpse, Spacesuit Marlow Corpse, Spacesuit Meeks Corpse, Spacesuit Samuels Corpse
Description: Ripley meets Axel in Baggage Reclaim and he agrees to help her get off Sevastopol in exchange for a place on the Torrens.
Characters: Ripley, Axel
Description: Axel is killed by the Xenomorph in front of Amanda and dragged into the vents by the Xenomorph.
Characters: Axel, Ripley, Alien
Description: Amanda contacts Samuels through Seegson Communications and he informs her that Taylor was injured by the debris in space.
Characters: Ripley, Samuels, Monitor Samuels
AYZ_SC16 [removed from final game]
Description: Amanda reaches Samuels and Taylor for the first time on Sevastopol. Taylor has been injured and Samuels asks Ripley to visit medical to gather supplies. Sidenote: an animation from this cutscene was re-used in the final game, being Taylor's idle injured animation in the Marshal's Bureau. The cutscene recording scripts and calls to play the cutscene and audio remain in the final game.
Characters: Ripley, Samuels, Taylor
Description: Amanda listens to a recording from Lingard on a computer in lower medical about Foster's chestburster.
Original sequence (cut): Amanda visits Ransome's office and he shows her a video of Lingard. Ripley agrees to find Lingard with Ransome to learn more.
AYZ_SC18 [removed from final game]
Description: Amanda and Ransome find Lingard, it turns out Ransome helped locate her as Lingard has files that could damage his reputation with the company due to the Sevastopol incident, and he wants them destroyed. Ransome forces Lingard to perform an autopsy on Foster to retrieve a sample of the Xenomorph. Ripley and Ransome watch as Lingard performs the autopsy, and in the process, the chestburster breaks through Foster's neck.
Characters: Lingard, Ransome, Ripley
AYZ_SC19 [removed from final game]
Description: Amanda encounters Marlow grieving over Foster, and takes the medical supplies from him.
Characters: Ripley, Foster, Marlow
Description: Amanda returns to Samuels and Taylor who are being interrogated by Marshal Waits and Ricardo. Waits tells Amanda to get the transit reactivated so that they can move Taylor to the Colonial Marshal bureau.
AYZ_SC21 [removed from final game]
Description: Ripley communicates with Waits, Marlow, and Ricardo over a video link.
Characters: Ripley, Wait, Ricardo, Monitor Marlow, Monitor Wait
AYZ_SC22 [removed from final game]
Description: Potentially the introduction to the LV426 mission, where Marlow starts talking about what happened over video link, with shots of the crew on the planetoid.
Characters: Spacesuit Heyst, Spacesuit Lewis, Spacesuit Marlow, Spacesuit Meeks, Ripley, Wait, Monitor Marlow
AYZ_SC24 [removed from final game]
Description: Marlow continues to tell the LV426 story, Ripley and Waits listen.
Characters: Marlow, Wait, Ripley
Description: Inside the derelict Foster approaches an Alien egg which releases a facehugger. In the final game the scene cuts here, however, game files reference continued dialogue for the scene and extra animations for Waits and Amanda - the cutscene most likely concluded with an ending to the flashback in the Marshal bureau.
Characters: Spacesuit Marlow, Spacesuit Heyst, Spacesuit Meeks, Spacesuit Foster, Facehugger, Wait, Ripley
Description: Ripley is ejected from the hazard lab, and thrown into space. She managed to grab Sevastopol and pull herself back inside.
Original sequence (cut): Ripley is sucked into space from the hazard lab.
AYZ_SC26 [removed from final game]
Description: Everyone reunites and potentially forms the plan to access Apollo.
Characters: Samuels, Taylor, Ricardo, Ripley, Wait
AYZ_SC27 [removed from final game]
Description: Samuels sacrifices himself to allow entry to Apollo.
Characters: Samuels, Ripley
Description: Amanda enters the Apollo Core and interfaces with Apollo where she learns that Weyland Yutani purchased Sevastopol shortly after they left.
AYZ_SC30 [removed from final game]
Description: (This description is informed guess-work). Amanda plans to destroy Sevastopol and enlists the help of Taylor. They travel through the reactor core and towards the Dry Dock, where the Anesidora is being dismantled.
Characters: Taylor, Ripley
AYZ_SC31 [removed from final game]
Description: (This description is informed guess-work). Taylor and Amanda watch the Anesidora getting dismantled by androids, and attempt to activate its detonation procedure. Taylor is killed.
Characters: Android1, Android2, Android3, Taylor, Ripley
AYZ_SC32 [removed from final game]
Description: (This description is informed guess-work). Ripley returns from the Dry Dock.
AYZ_SC35 [removed from final game]
Description: Another LV426 flashback?
Characters: Ripley, Marlow, Spacesuit Heyst, Spacesuit Lewis, Spacesuit Marlow, Spacesuit Meeks, Foster
AYZ_SC36 [removed from final game]
Description: Ripley talks to Marlow via video link, they plan to meet up.
Characters: Ripley, Monitor Marlow
AYZ_SC37A [removed from final game]
Description: Ripley meets with Marlow. Marlow is attacked and killed by a Xenomorph.
Characters: Marlow, Ripley, Alien
AYZ_SC41 [removed from final game]
Description: Amanda communicates with the Torrens while trying to allow it to dock.
Characters: Spacesuit Ripley, Verlaine, Connor
AYZ_SC42A [removed from final game]
Description: Aboard the Torrens, Verlaine attempts to dock with Sevastopol.
Characters: Verlaine, Connor
Description: In the final game this is an animated sequence showing Sevastopol crashing into the gas giant, however it appears to have originally shown Amanda floating in space - later moved to "cutscene_finalscene".
Characters: Exportableaftercredits Spacesuit Ripley, Exportableprecredits Spacesuit Ripley
Description: A cutscene showing Ellen Ripley's message to Amanda.
Description: Amanda floats into outer space unconscious, but is awoken by the light of a ship passing by her helmet.
- Alien: Isolation deleted scenes — A list of deleted scenes from the game.
- Alien: Isolation cut content — A list of other content cut from the game.
- Alien: Isolation maps — A list of maps used in the game, including the known unused maps.
- Alien: Isolation missions — A list of missions in the game's campaign, including the known unused missions.