Aliens: Dark Descent is an isometric, real-time strategy video game that was developed by Tindalos Interactive and published by Focus Entertainment for consoles and PC. It was released on June 20, 2023.

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Survive the deadliest creatures man has ever faced

Lead your squad of Colonial Marines and face off against deadly Xenomorphs in a gripping original Alien story.

Dive into strategic real-time squad-based tactical combat to keep your marines sane...and alive!

Equip, train and level up your soldiers so they can survive the looming Alien onslaught.


2198.[2] While performing a routine supply run, a Biohazard Containment Unit had been offloaded from the Bentonville, a supply shuttle that quickly departed from Pioneer Station's cargo hold, where a fanatical saboteur gained remote access to the containment unit, unleashing a Xenomorph infestation within. In an effort to neutralize the infestation from spreading, Deputy Administrator Maeko Hayes initiated Cerberus Protocol, a containment procedure executed by a matrix of orbital missile platforms designed to keep anything from entering or exiting Lethe, the planet below, and in effect destroyed three ships in its path; the Bentonville, the Baldrin, and a nearby Colonial Marine frigate, the USS Otago.


Infiltrate large open levels and annihilate enemies with your squad, dispatching orders strategically and intuitively at the touch of a button. Tread carefully, as death is permanent and your foes will adapt their tactics to your actions while hunting you down. Forge unique paths for survival, uncovering shortcuts, creating safe zones, and setting up motion trackers in a persistent world where your actions impact levels forever.

Customize your squad with a selection of different classes. Level up and specialize your soldiers with unique abilities and an arsenal of weapons, armor, and perks, for high stakes missions in treacherous territory. Develop your base to research new tech and improve your squad even further.

Manage your resources wisely and take calculated risks to outsmart the deadliest creature mankind has ever faced. Can you and your squad stop the outbreak before it’s too late?

  • Face off in a gripping original Alien story against iconic Xenomorph creatures ranging from Facehuggers to Praetorians, Alien Queens and many more, including rogue human commandos and a brand-new threat unique to this Alien storyline
  • Lead strategically and change squad tactics from mission to mission, carefully managing your soldiers’ health, resources, and sanity, to avoid permanent team losses and mental breakdowns
  • Forge unique paths for survival in a persistent world, uncovering shortcuts, creating safe zones and setting up motion trackers to stay one step ahead of these creatures
  • Assemble and level up squads composed of 5 starting Marines classes, with dozens of specializations, unique abilities and weapons.


Dark Descent utilizes an isometric perspective, with enemies rushing across the screen against the player's single squad of Marines. The combat takes place in real-time. The squad is controlled as a single unit, with each individual Marine having their own skillset. Players must leverage the surrounding environment to their advantage to seal off checkpoints, unlock shortcuts, and create safe zones.[2]



  • 'Aliens: Strike Force' was the code name while the game was unannounced and in pre-production (circa 2019).[3]





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