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Alpha Protocol

12 months ago

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“If you treat them as the enemy, it’s not going to be a good relationship.” Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart on publishers

Since its foundation in 2003, Obsidian Entertainment has worked with seven different publishers. Commencing with LucasArts on Knights of the Old Republic II, Obsidian has since signed contracts with Atari, SEGA, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft and most recently, Paradox Interactive. In fact, up until Pillars of Eternity [official site], every single game Obsidian had made was funded and distributed by a different publisher. This is…

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3 years ago

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The RPG Scrollbars: Time And Seasons In RPGs

The times change, and we change with the times. Or in the case of RPGs, not. I've always felt this a bit of a shame, especially in games like World of Warcraft, where your character is officially hanging around long enough to see the leaves fall off the trees and the snow to cover up the capital cities. That's why I was quite keen on…

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Have You Played… Alpha Protocol?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. It's nice and all that Obsidian are crowdfunding a trip back to the '90s, but I wish they were able (and willing) to revisit something a little fresher. Alpha Protocol is my favourite game they've made, an RPG from 2010 which used timed…

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5 years ago

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Obsidian’s Avellone On Torment, KOTOR 2, Alpha Protocol

Well, it's official: Chris Avellone has joined the Torment: Tides of Numenera team. Kickstarter's overwhelming monetary might has pushed another old band back together again, and now this one's ready to give belabored brain birth to another tale for the ages. And dimensions. And whatever other creative gravy giblets they can fit into their twisted turducken of a setting. But Torment's hardly the only thing on…

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7 years ago

Obsidian Want To Know What You Want Them To Make

Looks like Obsidian headbrain Chris Avellone's earlier talk about getting 'Kickstarter fever' based upon Double Fine's happy day (they've now passed $1.3 million in funding by the way - which, as Tim Schafer notes, is more than the budget for Day of the Tentacle and almost that of Full Throttle) wasn't idle chatter. Obsidian have just posted a forum thread asking for community suggestions as…

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8 years ago

Licence Revoked: No Alpha Protocol 2

So - no Alpha Protocol 2 then. This perhaps unsurprising news emerges from a C&VG interview with Sega West's President Mike Hayes, with the relative meaty bits torn free by VG247, the finest jackals of the videogame press savannah. Key quote: "“Let’s speak very commercially; the game hasn’t sold what we’ve expected, therefore we won’t be doing a sequel". Well, that'd explain it. The interesting…

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An Hour With… Alpha Protocol

We had hoped to bring your our Alpha Protocol WIT by now, but a series of unfortunate circumstances means that it's much delayed. You might even have your own Thoughts to Wot below. So here is a description of the first hour or two, which isn't a very pretty sight. I'm absolutely sure things much improve after this, especially now I have the game in…

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Spying On Spies: Alpha Protocol Interview

Alpha Protocol is so close that if you go outside and look to the horizon you'll just see the tip of its hat. In a strange reversal of fortunes it reaches Europe on the 30th May, not making it to its native US until 1st June. We grabbed this chance to talk with producer Matt Hickman about the development, balancing role-playing and combat, and moral…

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Is That A Gun In Alpha Protocol’s Pocket, Or…

This is disorientating. Much-delayed Obsidian secret agent RPG Alpha Protocol has hoofed out of couple of new videos. Thing is, they introduce characters we were introduced to at length a year ago. So, if the marketing cycle is taking it from the top again, just what have Obsidian been doing to the game for all this time? Applying a thick, classy layer of ultra-polish, hopefully...…

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Multiple Middles: Alpha Protocol Details

Game Trailers have a good interview with the Alpha Protocol team, which has reawoken my interest in the game. I think a combination of a disappointing E3 and some hefty slips has left me a little unsure about this one, but the footage here, along with the confident suggestions of the game letting me play it how I choose to, reminds me this is Obsidian.…

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Not Secret News: Alpha Protocol By June 1st

And lucky old Europe should get Alpha Protocol a few days earlier on May 28. SEGA have accompanied this announcement with a new story-trailer, which you can see below courtesy of IGN. Well, I say story, it's impossibly vague, suggesting something about nuclear weapons, something about loved ones in peril, and something about Russian-lady sexytime. It's still almost impossible to call whether this will be…

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9 years ago

Alpha Protocol Delay, Release Date

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…

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Spying On The Spy: Alpha Protocol Previewed

Over on Eurogamer today are a collection of my words and phrases, strung into a number of sentences intended to give a flavour of what Alpha Protocol, Obisidian's upcoming secret agent RPG, is like. I begin approximately like so: In a few minutes of videogame footage, in the face of lots of game-hungry industry folks, it's vital to show several things, those things being: guns,…

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Safe As Houses: New Alpha Protocol Walkthrough

Obsidian have released a new very detailed video guiding you through various aspects of Alpha Protocol's Safe Houses. Showing off how the Safe Houses work, with all their various character, weapon, etc modifications, it explains how important these locations are. There's your email, which lets you catch up on relationships, find extra work, and keep up with colleagues. There's access to the black market Clearing…

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RPS At E3: Sweeping Up

There are a few bits and pieces from E3 that I've yet to write about. I've also thoughts on the remarkable-looking Love to come, and details on a few of Paradox's forthcoming games via Mr Stone. But here's a few that were left over. Below there's a few brief comments on Alpha Protocol, Alien Vs Predator and Rogue Warrior.

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Alpha Protocol “Reactive World” Trailer

So we were complaining that upcoming spy-thriller RPG Alpha Protocol hadn't shown us much of the actual game, particularly the dialogue. Well, that's changed with this new trailer, which fleshes out the talky stuff a little better, and demonstrates some of the possibilities for being a bastard to the people you deal with. But it also has some neat in-game footage showing off some of…

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Alpha Protocol Developer Walkthrough

This is worth watching. Alpha Protocol, Obisidian's modern-day spy RPG, has a bunch of different options and approaches open to you, but it seems that the way you approach a mission will depend on the "handler" you decide to have run your operation. In the following video we see a mission played through under two different handlers, each one with a rather different approach. We…

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Obsidian Explain Alpha Protocol

I just want to echo John's sentiments regarding Alpha Protocol: the forthcoming modern-day spy RPG really could end up being one of the most accomplished games this year. Real-time combat mechanics, branching dialogue trees, hub-structure environments and missions, statistics-led character progression: all set in the real world. SEGA seem to have given Obsidian plenty of time and freedom to develop this, and we'll definitely be…

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I Spy: New Alpha Protocol Trailer

We're not in Aurora any more. Obsidian's next game, Alpha Protocol, is the least RPG-looking RPG I think I've seen. In the new video released today (below), showing lots of new in-game footage, it looks like third-person action. But do not let loose your cries of foul just yet - this is Obsidian, and while it would be nice if they'd remember to finish their…

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