So much for spring – Alpha Protocol delayed into summer

Saturday, 6th February 2010 16:50 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Alpha Protocol has been delayed yet again. So this time, instead of getting a spring release, it’s now set for summer.

Originally set for an October 2009 release, it was delayed into spring 2010, and now, summer 2010, according to MTV (via BigDownload).

Checking out the game during an event this week, MTV was told by that the original delay was to give the game more polish – which we’ve heard before – and apparently, that’s the case now as well.

“We had a few reasons for doing it. One: We wanted to position it better, give it a lot of time. The main reason: We really wanted to polish the game up, make it everything Obsidian planned it to be, and give the consumer a very polished game,” said Matthew Hickman, assistant producer at SEGA regarding the first delay.

“We added a couple of other things. Tweaks in lighting here and there, added the inventory comparison screen so you can compare what you’re buying to what you have equipped. Just bringing the whole quality level up.”

According to MTV, “graphics remain pretty raw and there seem to be AI issues still to be worked out”, so the delay is a good thing.

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  1. Hunam

    Fucks sake. Will I ever play this fucking game?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Droid

    The rule for release dates is always +1year to anything any devs officially say. And if said game is one you are really looking forward to, add on an extra couple months for good measure.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Hunam

    Probably because the game is on the same track as Mass Effect (shooter/rpg) they’ve been stunned by ME2 being so big and so are trying to get way from it.

    Obsidian have traditionally put out games before they are ready, I think this is the first time in their history they have had a delay. The graphics looking raw comments is pretty odd though, there isn’t a whole lot they can do about that is there? Unless they basically use a ton of filters and effects? Obsidian have never been that strong technically to be honest, design, story and writing has always been their forte.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Droid

    Ah well i’ve been around long enough to know that release dates always change, even if they promise they are 100% set in stone. No point in getting hopes up until a game is out really. Unless it’s swtor ofc. ;)

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Jadeskye

    Alpha nukem.

    Always bet on protocol.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. onlineatron

    Difference is we’ve seen plenty of gameplay for this.

    There was even a whole series of dev videos on PSN last year.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Bulk Slash

    It’s odd for a game that we’ve seen so much of to be delayed like this. It’s not common to start releasing trailers and gameplay movies until you’re nearly done. All the videos that came out last year certainly made it seem like the game was nearly complete.

    I assumed the first delay was just down to avoiding Modern Warfare 2. For the game to be delayed again is puzzling, although maybe it’s because of Mass Effect 2. Hopefully we’ll get a polished final product and not another KOTOR2, as I’m definitely in the mood for more games like Mass Effect 2 at the moment.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. AHA-Lambda

    IS this project in trouble methinks? :|

    #8 5 years ago
  9. onlineatron

    It’s most likely on Sega’s end rather than Obsidan’s.

    If I remember correctly Sega thought the game wasn’t as RPG like ss they hoped (looking towards Mass Effect as an example) so they probably asked Obsidian ti alter it (first delay).

    Maybe after seeing how Mass Effect 2 abandoned a lot of It’s predecessor traditional RPG elements in favour of action, Sega changed their mind and have asked Obsidian to go back and redo it…

    That or NEW VEGAS has diverted resources from Obsidian’s AP team.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Hunam

    New Vegas wouldn’t have any affect as its a different publisher and SEGA would fine them to death for doing so. It was Sony who criticised AP I think too, not SEGA.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. No_PUDding

    Obsidian wouldn’t be working on two announced/shown projects if they did not have two teams that were capable of two production simultaneously.

    You can be sure, the respective publishers wouldn’t allow it.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. El_MUERkO

    i’ll never take this game serious as long as the player runs around bent over like his back has gone the whole time

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Neolucifer

    I hope they upped the ante graphically . I personally wont mind much , as long as it’s great to play .. but seriously it already looked dated before the first delay .

    #13 5 years ago
  14. The_Villa

    NOOOOO! *Goes to the kitchen and stab himself*

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Oh man, I was really looking forward to this last year and then it got delayed. And now it gets delayed again. The delays I don’t really mind, it’s just… when you delay too much it makes you start wondering whether it’s actually going to be worth the wait or not. :-|

    #15 5 years ago
  16. onlineatron

    ‘ It was Sony who criticised AP I think too, not SEGA.’

    I’m pretty sure the report was written from Sega’s perspective.

    #16 5 years ago

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