TSA’s Top 100 of 2011 – #12 I Am Alive

Another speculative entry in our list, Ubisoft’s I Am Alive makes the grade due to its interesting premise, an unfaltering desire to give every new IP a chance, and our love of cheesy disaster movies. Rumoured as being in development back in July of 2008, I Am Alive was later unveiled at E3 that year, scuppering speculation that the title would be Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond’s follow up. (Raymond would go on to become Managing Director of Ubisoft’s new studio in Toronto.)

A survival game in the truest sense, I Am Alive is a sociological examination of what happens when society completely deteriorates in the face of disaster. Stricken by a 10.3 magnitude earthquake (note: a 10.0 on the Richter scale has never been recorded by humans and is absolutely devastating) Chicago is utterly destroyed. You play Adam, a normal guy who manages to survive the apocalyptic event who must now do whatever it takes to endure an unimaginable situation. Food shortages, lack of a clean water supply, rioting, looting, the threat of disease, Adam must fight to stay hydrated, combat other survivors who will do anything it takes to also stay alive, and ultimately locate his missing girlfriend who may or may not have a skyscraper sitting on her head.

Comparisons with Mirror’s Edge’s pacificist attitude where violence is a last resort (Adam can wave empty guns at people as a deterrent) are expected, while the game’s first person perspective will also infer a logical connection to EA’s adventurous FPS. We think I Am Alive has enough going for it to be quite unique, the inclusion of the game’s third-person perspective driving sections suggesting a strange blend of Bear Grylls meets Mad Max, all set in America’s now demolished Second City.

Started by French developer Darkworks (creators of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on the PS2 and Xbox back in 2006), the game’s development was ultimately shipped off to Ubisoft Shanghai for completion. We’re now promised a spring 2011 release.

Its novel idea, interesting and different challenges and Ubisoft’s usual focus on quality suggests I Am Alive could be a stellar hit when it ultimately drops some time over then next few months. We’ll keep an eye out for any tremors suggesting otherwise, of course.

32 Comments

  1. sounds fantastic, great idea of the story and i like it being an FPS as well, cant wait for this

  2. I’ve had this preordered since it was first announced. I love the idea and potential so I hope it’s realised.

    • Bloody hell, mate. That’s some blind (and awesome) faith. Although, the potential and idea of it all sounds fantastic.

  3. If this is delivered right, it will be brilliant…

    • From what I hear it will be 1st class, recorded, royal mail.

      • and probably receive 2 days later through the post than if you went and purchased it on release day.

  4. Sounds very interesting, I think I managed to miss all previous news of this game – but this one article is enough to get me excited! Fingers crossed it’ll come out next and live up to expectations.

  5. I’d forgotten about this, it sounds really interesting. Reminds me a bit of the DS game where you’re stranded on the island and have to scavenge for food and water.

  6. I haven’t seen any gameplay footage so i am going to wait for the demo to come out if there is one. It does sound interesting but they can screw it up very easy if they make it a shooter instead.

    • It won’t be a shooter. The whole point of the game is to try and survive without going all Bulletstorm on the place. I’m not saying people won’t get shot in the game, but that’s not its style as far as I can tell from what is currently known about the title.

    • Did you read the article !

  7. The mention of Bear Grylls makes me excited. I’ll be happy as long as I get to eat elephant dung or something along those lines in this game.

    • In my family my one year old nephew is nicknamed Bear Grylls. He’d eat ANYTHING.

      • I sailed to an island owned by Bear Grylls and saw his awesome house earlier this year.

    • As long as you don’t have to find a Hotel at the end of a hard days “surviving” then it should be interesting.

      • Frankly I’d expect to be put up in the best possible hotel after drinking pee and stuffing myself into a just-dead animal to “keep warm”.

        Preferable one with a very very good shower.

  8. Lots of promise. Hope it is better than the disaster game that came out for the wii. Then again of course it will be!

  9. as 3rd person yes please, as first person no thanks

  10. Looks cracking, though sadly there’s no longer any possibility of Leslie Nielsen starring.

    “This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.”

    Elaine Dickinson: “A hospital? What is it?”

    “It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.”

    Love it.

    • Hahaha, that woulda been great.

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