Alpha Protocol News

Inside Obsidian: How RPG's greatest survivors kept the lights on

"They say the path to Hell is paved with good intentions."

Over the years, I've come to know what to expect from Obsidian, or so I thought. Obsidian makes RPGs, beautiful, intriguing, sometimes slightly shonky RPGs with great writing and vivid characters and just a lingering trace of thriftiness. They make games where the concepts, where the soul, trumps the budget.

Is Obsidian's new RPG called Eternity?

Countdown points to Friday as new clues emerge.

The number four has become a number three - it was a countdown rather than a number symbolic of the new Project X RPG that Obsidian has been teasing.

SEGA: Alpha Protocol sales were 

SEGA: Alpha Protocol sales were "slow"

Unspectacular RPG targeted in financials.

SEGA's blamed "slow" sales of Alpha Protocol and Iron Man 2 for weak videogame income in the three months ending 30 June 2010.

The company's consumer business lost $7.4 million during April to June. Bad, but a dramatic improvement on last year's Q1 result of minus $52 million.

SEGA openly told the world earlier this month that Alpha Protocol - an espionage RPG made by Obsidian and released in May - "hasn't sold what we've expected". The upshot: no sequel. Eurogamer gave Alpha Protocol a solid and not-to-be-sniffed-at 6/10.

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SEGA explains Alpha Protocol DRM

One-off activation, countless installs.

The Uniloc DRM chosen to protect the PC version of Alpha Protocol does not require a constant internet connection and potentially allows for infinite game installations.

SEGA keen on AVP, Bayonetta sequels

SEGA keen on AVP, Bayonetta sequels

Hints at Total War MMO, too.

SEGA's keen to turn Aliens vs. Predator, Alpha Protocol and Bayonetta into franchises, as well as take Total War in "another direction".

"People often ask if we'd take Total War in that [MMO] direction and we're constantly looking at it, but MMO is a very competitive market," SEGA West boss Mike Hayes told CVG. "It goes back to the start of the interview - we want to get the core games right before anything else.

"We've got our shooter with AVP and our RPG with Alpha Protocol - we really want to make that into a franchise. That's the area where we need some success, to sequel-ise that. If you think about it, we can sequel-ise Bayonetta, AVP, Alpha Protocol - if we can make a hit of something like Vanquish - then you add that to Football Manager and Virtua Tennis - we actually have a broad portfolio."

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Alpha Protocol dated

Late May release for spy RPG.

SEGA and Obsidian have announced that Alpha Protocol will be released on 28th May in Europe.

Alpha Protocol now down for summer?

Slight slip from spring suggested.

MTV Multiplayer (via Joystiq) reports that Obsidian's espionage RPG Alpha Protocol is now down for a "summer 2010" release.

SEGA confirms Alpha Protocol delay

SEGA confirms Alpha Protocol delay

Espionage RPG pushed to spring 2010.

SEGA and Obsidian have pushed the release of Alpha Protocol back to spring 2010, surprising nobody.

Not only does this move the spy RPG out of an intimidating Christmas period, it also offers developer Obsidian more time to polish or perhaps finish the game.

"We're very happy that SEGA has made the decision to hold back the shipment of the game in order to give it the best chance at becoming the publishing success that we at Obsidian and our partners at SEGA are striving for," Obsidian boss Feargus Urquhart said in a statement.

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Alpha Protocol out in October

Would sir like a date with his trailer?

SEGA has put a rough date on its spy RPG, Alpha Protocol. It'll be out in October worldwide, according to the press release that accompanied this afternoon's trailer.

SEGA: Sonic Unleashed out in November

But Aliens and Total War fall into 2009.

SEGA has whipped out its calendar and put dates alongside its upcoming titles, including Sonic Unleashed, which will be out this November. However, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Empire: Total War both fall into 2009.

SEGA confirms Alpha Protocol

SEGA confirms Alpha Protocol

Secret agent RPG from KOTOR II developer.

SEGA has officially confirmed that Obsidian's new RPG is called Alpha Protocol and is about a secret agent called Michael Thorton.

That's "Thorton", not "Thornton", which only a massive idiot would ever assume and then make a rubbish joke about, obviously.

Anyway, Alpha Protocol is due out next year on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and in it Michael Thorton is a secret agent cast out by his government, which seems a bit short-sighted of them given that he's the only one who can stop an impending international catastrophe.

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