Alpha Protocol slips to October

Sega and Obsidian Entertainment's modern-day espionage RPG slots into a new fall release window on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

February was supposed to be the month in which Sega was to ship Obsidian Entertainment's Alpha Protocol. However, instead of announcing the action role-playing game's imminent arrival, Sega said that its other Obsidian collaboration--operating under the working title Aliens RPG--had been indefinitely suspended. Alpha Protocol, too, had ostensibly hit the skids as the month came and went with no word of a hard release date from Sega.

That changed today when Sega provided an updated release window for the espionage-heavy action game, saying that Alpha Protocol is now expected to ship worldwide for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in October. Along with revealing Alpha Protocol's delay, Sega also offered a handful of new screenshots for the game, showing protagonist Michael Thorton in various states of threat.

A modern-day espionage tale, Alpha Protocol weaves a story not unlike Robert Ludlum's popular Jason Bourne novels. The plot follows the aforementioned secret agent Thorton, who has turned rogue after being disavowed by his government. However, given that the game accommodates a branching storyline a la BioWare's sci-fi RPG Mass Effect, players can assume a variety of undercover personas, ranging from a suave James Bond-style spy, to one like the maniacal Jack Bauer of 24 fame.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Alpha Protocol.

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TheGreatProdigy
TheGreatProdigy

Its starting to seem like almost everything is getting delayed these days. Or it could be just me.

protokyoto
protokyoto

Although October is a long way away it was pretty obvious this was gonna get delayed..the quality just wasn't there the last time we saw this. This project has so much potential and a delay like this will give the developers the time they need to fully flesh out it's true potential making it the best game they can possibly make. I'm just counting down the months before I grab this one.

DarthBlivion
DarthBlivion

I'm looking forward to this, might turn out to be the best rpg in the current gen. Has a lot of role playing promise.

couggod
couggod

I've been looking forward to this for a while, hope it comes out eventually.

ACAblackpanther
ACAblackpanther

i was pumped for this game as soon as i read the Game Informer article on it. i'll buy it at some point...i would buy it at release but i'll be at West Point...not exactly a gamer's paradise.

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

I am so hyped for this game, day 1 purchase it looks great.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

As long as the game comes out this year i don't mind the wait. I want the game to be good as well as fun to play. much like Bioware's Mass effect.

Tiger626516
Tiger626516

This is good. Publisher thinking about the game rather than the money. Good games = good money, Bad games = Patches = Less money. IE Metal Gear Solid 4, they pushed it few more months look at it, perfect, no patches. Looks good, have to check it out when it comes out.

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

Splinter Cell already failed hard enough at this. Now Alpha Protocol? I thought it was some Transporter style action kick ass rpg. lol

eagles_band
eagles_band

Man this game looked pretty cool. This sucks

Gooeykat
Gooeykat

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Gooeykat
Gooeykat

Chris Avellone (the mastermind behind some of Black Isle's greatest games) is the lead designer on this one, I'm really looking forward to seeing what he has in store.

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

is that Sam fisher with Gurlukovich in that pcture? :lol:

DrHappy
DrHappy

I'm deeply looking forward to this game, but I can wait. I've got tons of games to play till then. Didn't even know it was supposed to come out last month!

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

This game keeps looking better and better hopefully the delay will let them polish things up

firehawk998
firehawk998

TO SEGA and Obsidian Entertainment( Sorry for the spellling) = make sure that dealys are worth it.

BattleSword1
BattleSword1

I hope this game delivers. I can't wait to see what it has to offer.

liquidvssolid
liquidvssolid

Jack Bauer rocks! Wait....why am I talking about Jack Bauer? Oh, coz Gamespot called him a maniac! Son of a *****!.....You're out of time!

metalkid9
metalkid9

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Soldaten027
Soldaten027

If Obsidian actually pulls this off, it'll be like an actual Deus Ex sequel! Now to find a job to pay for a X360

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

@ShockG707: I agree with you on that one! @godzillavskong: same here! No need to rush a good thing. I wasn't interested in this game (at first) but, after a bit I started liking what the game is and can be. A hit on their hands if they can get it out soon!

ShockG707
ShockG707

I'm glad it was pushed back, current videos and screens of the game looked really rough around the edges. Good concept though, Jade Empire meets James Bond.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

From what I've seen , with the screenshots and articles in the game magazines, this one looks to be a hit. Can't wait.

Coleslaw893
Coleslaw893

@ DarthVillainous: I agree with you completely. Obsidian has been developing this for quite some time now, it definitely has the potential to be one of this years best games. I can't wait for October :)

Cicatraz_ESP
Cicatraz_ESP

This game has the potential to be fantastic, hope they don't let me down like they did with KotOR 2.

simonsworld
simonsworld

oh.......ma.......god.... "passes out..."

Link9092010
Link9092010

I hope this game is good It really does sound like a cool idea

Set_Free
Set_Free

This game is gonna be awesome!!!

Inconnux
Inconnux

I would rather see a game pushed back and working the bugs out... nothing worse than a publisher releasing a buggy game and then patching.

JTH_22
JTH_22

Oh well. I'm really looking forward to this but there are alot of other games I want too and this will spread them out a little. Besides that'll put it really close to my b'day :) .

gijas
gijas

FEEL MY WRATH

Lord_Bafford
Lord_Bafford

huh, I actually thought the game was coming out in fall. Never knew feb was the original release window.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Sounds cool, I can wait though. I still have so many games to catch up on.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Maybe they can spend some money to advertise this game by then.

emacdaddy08
emacdaddy08

well if it makes the game better, hats off to them.

kayos539
kayos539

Good for the game, bad for me. I have to wait longer wahhhhh!

DarkGamer007
DarkGamer007

Dang, this game looks amazing, its a bummer I will have to wait even longer to play it now. :(

Indulge
Indulge

@moose_knuckler Word. This and ME2 are gonna be sick.

strayfies
strayfies

I haven't heard much about Alpha Protocol yet but this does look pretty awesome. Sega's been publishing some good titles lately, on all platforms.

moose_knuckler
moose_knuckler

Man between this and ME:2, I'm gonna be having a good time with WRPG's in the near future.

8smokes
8smokes

This is going to be wicked awsome.

DarthVillainous
DarthVillainous

I don't get the hate Obsidian and KotOR 2 get. Yes, KotOR 2 is buggy and has lots of cut content. However, the blame lies with LucasArts, since they forced Obsidian to rush in order to release the game for Christmas. Even with its faults, KotOR 2 is amazing, especially considering Obsidian only had a little over a year to develop the whole thing. Think about that for a moment: a game with the length and scope of KotOR 2 in just 1 year! As for NWN 2, Obsidian's other main product: ok, that's buggy when it's unpatched. But it's still good, and is by no means "unfinished." I can live with a few bugs if the rest of the product is good, which in the case of NWN 2, it is.

metalkid9
metalkid9

fallout3 copy-cat. I hope they don't make us run for 20min like fallout3 cuz i really like the choosing type of games but can't stand running for a mile then dying then doing it again. in fallout3 you run so much that you forget to save the game, thats the only thing that I didn't like about the game.

AZisBack
AZisBack

I would rather wait for a good product than get a bad product now.

Timmeus
Timmeus

I'm looking forward to this game, I hope it turns out to be a great game.

re4leonkennedy
re4leonkennedy

The game seems to be very ambitious from what I've read. Hopefully the developer uses the extra time to make the game great.