- "Welcome to Sevastopol Station, your home away from home. Conveniently situated in the Zeta Reticuli region, the station is a gateway to commerce and resources in this quadrant."
- ―Sevastopol tourism broadcast (from Alien: Isolation (comic))
Sevastopol Station was a large space station orbiting the gas giant KG-348. Originally constructed to exploit the rich mineral wealth of KG-348 and service the trade routes between Earth and the Outer Rim, the station fell into decline due to economic fluctuations and the re-routing of the Sol-Thedus flight path.
In 2137, the salvage vessel Anesidora brought a Xenomorph Drone aboard the station, which sparked an infestation the virtually wiped out the station's inhabitants. The station was destroyed on December 11 when the Anesidora exploded, damaging Sevastopol's gravity stabilizers and ultimately dooming the station to burn up in the atmosphere of KG-348.
Many audio logs can be picked up whilst exploring the depths of the station.
Sevastopol was a massive station, nearly eighteen kilometers across. It served as a freeport and commercial outpost in the Zeta Reticuli sector. Before the Xenomorph incident that led to its destruction, it had a permanent population of 500, although the station was large enough to house around 3000 residents.
The station had three main towers — the Lorenz SysTech Spire, which housed the APOLLO system core, the Comms module and the Gemini Exoplanet Solutions module; the Scimed Tower, which contained the San Cristobal Medical Facility, and the Seegson Synthetics production facility; the Solomons Habitation Tower, which housed the Spaceflight terminal, the Solomons habitation module, the mall and the Colonial Marshal Bureau.
All the three towers were linked by a transit system, which consisted of a train system running on tubes from one tower to another. In case of emergency, San Cristobal Medical Facility had short range ambulance shuttles available.
Construction of Sevastopol began in 2095, the work carried out by Lorenz SysTech and funded by GeoFund Investor. The station finally opened for business in 2105, two years behind schedule. However, almost immediately the project ran into a major setback — Sevastopol had been constructed with the intention of selling the station to a corporate owner, yet none were forthcoming. As such, ownership reverted to GeoFund, and it was operated instead as a freeport with no commercial ties. The station's opening also coincided with tumult in the space race. Years of mismanagement, and the eventual re-routing of the Sol-Thedus flight path, left Sevastopol in danger of being decommissioned. Sevastopol was eventually purchased by Seegson in 2124, the company aiming to re-energize the station as one of their significant investments, transforming it into a cosmopolitan hub.
Though Seegson's investment managed to keep the station active and profitable for another decade, by 2137, Sevastopol was once again in dire financial straits. Seegson's business strategy of focusing on the development of exoplanet-based, orbital facilities failed to compete with the colonization and terraforming work of other organizations, most notably the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. Deciding to cut their losses, Seegson put the station up for sale and scheduled it for decommissioning. As the slow shutdown of Sevastopol progressed, its workforce was gradually reduced to a skeleton human crew and a contingent of Working Joe androids.
On November 11, 2137, Henry Marlow arrived at the station aboard the salvage vessel Anesidora, requesting emergency medical attention for his wife, Catherine Foster, who was attacked by a Facehugger but safely kept in stasis. Head of Medical Dr. K. Lingard believed she could remove the parasite herself, but Seegson Chief of Operations B. Ransome blackmailed Lingard into telling him about the creature. He then convinced Chief Marshal Waits to choose to skip quarantine as they had found the USCSS Nostromo's flight recorder and that it meant a cut of the reward for the station's crew.
On, November 14, 2137, a Chestburster hatched from Foster, killing her. Dr. Lingard signed her death certificate and made the death cause classified. Waits and his men started to hunt the creature.
As the Xenomorph started to kill people, Seegson put the station on sale, making sure possible buyers knew nothing about the situation aboard. On November 17th, 2137, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation purchased Sevastopol and sent APOLLO new operational directives, including Special Order 939.
On December 11, 2137, Amanda Ripley, Christopher Samuels and Nina Taylor came aboard in the Torrens to retrieve the Nostromo flight recorder. Amanda worked with Waits in a plan to trap the Xenomorph in the Gemini Exoplanet Solutions module, separating it from the station towards the gas giant. The plan succeeded, but Amanda barely escaped.
After the discovery of a large Hive, Marlow decided to overload the fusion reactor of the Anesidora, in the hopes that it would annihilate the station and the Xenomorph presence within, but timely intervention by Ripley prevented the complete destruction of Sevastopol. However, the blast was strong enough to knock out the station's gravity stabilizers, plummeting Sevastopol into KG-348's atmosphere. The station began burning up in the atmosphere before ultimately exploding.
Behind the scenes
There are clear references to the USCSS Nostromo's refinery in the design of Sevastopol, most obviously the dome-like structures on its underside and the tall spires topped with masts above. The interior is also clearly based on the Nostromo's. Creative Assembly have stated this is because both ships were built around the same time.
Sevastopol was named after a city in Crimea, Ukraine.
A single space station being the main setting of Alien: Isolation was first revealed when a large amount of information regarding the name was leaked to Kotaku and published in an article October 21, 2013. The station was not named, however.
On December 7, 2013, NeoGAF user "jbug617" uploaded a piece of artwork from Alien: Isolation depicting Sevastopol. On December 12, Twitter user "lifelower" leaked four images showing the interior of Sevastopol.
Isolation was officially announced on January 7, 2014 and the game's official website became public. The "Game Info" section of the site states "Immerse yourself in the detailed setting of Sevastopol, a decommissioned trading station on the fringes of space." Wallpaper depicting the station was also released in 1920x1080, 750x540, 640x960, 1024x1024, 1600x1200, 1920x1200 and 2048x2048 sizes.
- Sevastopol seems to have entered a decaying orbit some time before the events of Alien: Isolation. When Amanda first enters the station, it makes an automated orbital correction using its orbital stabilizers, which is a violent process that rocks the station. When these orbital stabilizers are later destroyed, the station begins to plummet into KG-348. In reality, it would take at least a few months for a satellite that lost its ability to make orbital corrections in even a remotely stable orbit to decay to the point of reentry. Sevastopol was, however, entirely dependent on its gravity stabilizers to maintain orbit, suggesting that the station's original orbit was severely compromised. The process of decommissioning or the damage caused by the Xenomorph outbreak may have contributed to this unstable orbit. It is also possible that Seegson intentionally moved the station into the extreme upper atmosphere of the Gas Giant, as it was attempting to pitch Sevastopol as a potential gas mining station to potential buyers. When coupled with its extremely large surface area, the resulting atmospheric drag caused it to depend on orbital stabilizers to maintain position.
- The station shares its name with the city of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, formerly in USSR, then in Ukraine and currently the subject of a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia.
- An announcement that plays in the Spaceflight Terminal states that "over 5,000 people currently live and work" on Sevastopol. However, The Art of Alien: Isolation states that the station has a maximum capacity of around 3,000 inhabitants, with only 500 on board at the time the game's events begin.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Andy McVittie. The Art of Alien: Isolation, p. 76 (2014), Titan Books.
- ↑ Alien: Isolation - Archive Log 031 - Torrens Hail
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Alien: Isolation - Archive Log 115 - Tomorrow, Together #3
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Andy McVittie. The Art of Alien: Isolation, p. 78 (2014), Titan Books.
- ↑ http://kotaku.com/source-the-next-aliens-game-stars-ellen-ripleys-daugh-1449318113/all
- ↑ http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?p=92767453#post92767453
- ↑ https://twitter.com/lifelower/status/411298976088879104/photo/1
- ↑ https://twitter.com/lifelower/status/411299433947463680/photo/1
- ↑ https://twitter.com/lifelower/status/411299810197528576/photo/1
- ↑ https://twitter.com/lifelower/status/411300323798433792/photo/1
- ↑ http://www.alienisolation.com/en_us/game-info
- ↑ http://www.alienisolation.com/en_us/media/wallpapers