Alpha Protocol Delay, Release Date

By Jim Rossignol on October 15th, 2009 at 8:05 pm.


The news that spy-RPG Alpha Protocol has been delayed has been around for a while now, but official word of a spring release has just arrived from Sega. “Alpha Protocol, Obsidian Entertainment’s much anticipated RPG, will be moving to a Spring 2010 release date,” says the release. So no firm date, but it’s looking like around March for the game. lan Pritchard, European Managing Director at Sega said: “By pushing Alpha Protocol to Spring 2010, we can ensure that the game will be released in the best commercial release window possible and will also receive the focus this true AAA titles deserves.” And that’s probably for the best, as the game had a bit of a poor showing at E3, and John was pretty cautious about it in our coverage. Still, we’re all hoping for the best on what looks like one of the most interesting RPGs on the horizon. If this delay can give Obsidian the time they need to pull it off then we’ll be happy.

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  1. Vinraith says:

    I have to admit that while all these delays are disappointing, it’s kind of refreshing to see publishers allowing studios to take the time they need to make a quality game, rather than trying to forcibly rush things out for the Christmas sales-a-thon. Here’s hoping Alpha Protocol is better for the delay, and ends up living up to its enormous potential.

  2. PaperbagBoy says:

    Awesome.
    Obsidian games are known to be full of bugs, so it’s great that they take more time to polish it.

  3. subedii says:

    “By pushing Alpha Protocol to Spring 2010, we can ensure that the game will be released in the best commercial release window possible and will also receive the focus this true AAA titles deserves.”

    Forgive my ignorance, but haven’t all the OTHER major AAA titles been pushed to early 2010 as well?

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Should be an exciting time then, come spring 2010.

    • ulix says:

      Ahhh well, are you speaking of PC or consoles also?

      If its only PC I say (including September & October Games):

      Definite tripple A titles: Dragon Age, Borderlands, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, Left 4 Dead 2, Modern Warfare 2…

      Other highly anticipated stuff (at least by some): The Saboteur, Risen, Dirt 2, Need for Speed Shift, Tropico 3, Flashpoint 2, Fifa, Madden, NHL, NBA, PES, NHL 2K, NBA2K, Serious Sam HD, Machinarium, Stalker: Call of Pripyat, Sims 3 Expansion, Venetica, Aion, Champions Online

      Then there is a shitload of potentially (or definitely) awesome stuff on consoles, such as Uncharted 2, Brütal Legend, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2…

  4. Wurzel says:

    Yeah, would kinda suck for another Obsidian game to be ruined by the publisher’s Christmas fixation.

  5. Senethro says:

    Suits me, my last exam comes in January.

    Theres a real threat that I’m going to spend 2 years worth of game budget between Dec 09 and Mar 10.

  6. Kadayi says:

    Noooooo!!!!!

    * Crane pulls away from frustrated hero…….

    Fade to black………..

    Credits roll

    *Sad face………………….

    ‘Deep sigh’

    Pornography.

  7. Schadenfreude says:

    Really finding it hard to get excited by this one but given their history it’s nice to see that Obsidian might actually finish a game; third time’s the charm and all that.

  8. sfury says:

    Let me just indulge in my AIM syndrome and say this:

    FFUUUUUUUU SEGAAAAAAA !!!

    For this and for canceling their Aliens game.

    There.

    Also this just in – “We will be moving Christmas to Spring 2010, to ensure it will receive the focus it deserves.”

    • sfury says:

      p.s. I’m very sure (read – I have absolutely no evidence) they are doing this because of the leaked Sega memo and the bad comparisons to Mass Effect 2 the testers made in it,, Alpha Protocol has already be postponed once for major retinkering and 6 more months can not be for bug-cleansing and polishing only.

      Oh hell, I just hope they use the time to explain and advertise it better, hopefully not the Dragon Age way (at least not the 1st part of the campaign).

    • Wisq says:

      Even the current part of the Dragon Age publicity campaign is still a bit too “wow look we have BLOOD!” for my tastes. Not that blood bothers me, just that marketing around it doesn’t seem like it’s meant for my demographic.

  9. TheSombreroKid says:

    i consider this a good thing, the longer they take the more polish it’ll get and thats the one thing obsidian always need, i reckon this is a sure thing in my book.

  10. TeeJay says:

    I wish companies didn’t announce release dates until they were actually resonably confident in them.

    Announcing your game as pre-xmas/q4/ ‘end 2009′ seems like a “me-too” reaction and an attempt to generate more hype and publicity in the here-and-now.

    Maybe we should learn to ignore games until they have proven themselves to be nearing completion, and give more publicity to the games that are atually definitely near release or have just been released.

    Why do games that are a year or so away deserve to be talked about?

    • Wisq says:

      But the company PR departments dictate the news schedule, not the gaming sites that cover it. No site wants to be the odd one out when a company posts a new release date or a new trailer.

      Seeing where the gaming industry is going is a reason many of us come here, I expect. If I just wanted to know where it’s been, I could go to any old review site and look at some numbers.

      Besides, it’s nice to have something to (possibly) look forward to, even in some five month’s time. Especially every time EA or someone releases “Generic Shooter 19: Now Even Shootier”.

  11. malkav11 says:

    March isn’t so much the ideal release period – that’s when half the AAA games that miss a holiday season release come out. Ideal is like…May, June, maybe July. early to mid-summer is usually all about the crappy movie tie-ins and kids games, with barely a blip or two of genuine gaming fodder on the radar. Plus that’s when school’s out for most of America – granted, for an M-rated game that’s less of a factor, but most colleges let out then as well.

    • JKjoker says:

      don’t worry about that, when they notice that theyll be releasing 10 AAA at the same time each week during feb and march the delay ballet will start again

  12. The Pink Ninja says:

    While I like the polish time…

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

  13. Lambchops says:

    Still the RPG i’m probably most looking forward to as it has many things i’m in favour off like time pressured dialogue and SPIES!

  14. sfury says:

    I feel the same about DA but recently we got some clips that finally show it in a more Baldur’s Gate-ish light, so I am again getting my hopes high. I’ll give em that though – marketing a vast RPG to a vast audience is a tough job indeed, so that might be an excuse for over-focusing on the “We’ve got blood&sex!” for some of the target audience.

    As for Alpha Protocol – so far I was mostly excited because of the names and company behind it. Except for some a bit strange action moves, interesting dialogue system and promises for enough RPG-iness and different approaches and consequences – I haven’t got much from the videos so far. A more detailed ad campaign would only do it good. Beats me why Sega hasn’t done that so far though, with all the delay they had from before.

  15. mrmud says:

    The strange thing about this delay is that it happened mere weeks before its intended release.

  16. Tei says:

    Well.. release dates are like “wheater predictions” anyway. You can’t say that the 23th monday of 2010 will rain in New York. But you can talk about the next monday. Is not a delay, but more like a more precission prediction. I don’t know why we talk about “release dates”, is the wrong concept if you are talking about software. But Is a illusion that serve us well, since people can program around it.

  17. pignoli says:

    Anonymous Coward said:
    don’t worry about that, when they notice that theyll be releasing 10 AAA at the same time each week during feb and march the delay ballet will start again

    Very much this. I'd hazard a guess that a few of the games now being touted for early 2010 will slip to summer…