Sega explains delay of Bourne/Bond/Bauer-style espionage RPG as both quality control and a strategic move; Obsidian expresses gratitude for extended deadline.
In late September, retailers began listing the espionage role-playing game Alpha Protocol as shipping next summer--over half a year past its announced October 6 release date. When launch day arrived, Sega's official site began listing it as arriving in "Spring 2010," confirming the delay.
Now, after several weeks of studied silence, Sega is commenting publicly on Alpha Protocol's move into next year. Unsurprisingly, it's being described as a good thing.
"Since the inception of Alpha Protocol, Sega has recognized the potential for the game to establish itself as an AAA title," said Masanao Maeda, Sega of America's newly installed COO and president. "We've worked in conjunction with Obsidian Entertainment in making the decision to move Alpha Protocol’s ship date to spring 2010 to ensure that we have the best game possible at launch."
Obsidian CEO and Black Isle Studio veteran Feargus Urquhart echoed those comments, expressing gratitude that Sega extended Alpha Protocol's deadline.
"Alpha Protocol is a new take on the RPG genre, and from day one the team has been working to make Alpha Protocol a truly unique game for players to experience," said Urquhart. "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."
While cheery on the surface, Sega and Obsidian's relationship was put under serious strain earlier this year. In February, the publisher indefinitely delayed Obsidian's unnamed role-playing game based on the Alien film series, before canceling it outright in June.
This is a good thing. If it came out a few days ago, it would get mediocre reviews and would be forgotten with all its issues, but since its been delayed it stands a chance of being one of the better games of the season. Its a shame a number of developers don't realise this before pushing out their products.
After what they just did, This game BETTER be the most spectacular game ever released since Halo 3! This kind of thing has been happening A LOT lately.The whole gaming industry has been pulling the "Push it Back" because routine starting with The Zelda Twilight Princess game for GC. I waited 2 years for that one, all because of a little system that got a name change! Heck, it's been going on longer, that was just the first game to pop into my head..... think about it.
Very well and done guys..How ever they shouldve said this before the release date, not a week before..It was crap what they pulled..How about a month before it was going to be out the door..Or two months an just tell people we need more time..A week was crap, gamers where looking forward to this game for a reason..That leaves a bad impression on any fan of the game...Ill still buy it..Just thought it was bad stunt on there part...
@Chronikas I agree, bought it on steam in like june lol. By now i think they owe me a game and some DLC right off the bat. But these things happen, hopefully after all this work the game wont be broken on shipping.
What really sucks is that I pre-ordered this game on steam months ago. I think they ought to pay me interest on this long-term loan!
Heh... I guess every single game that's been shifted to spring 2010 to reach '4million A quality' rather than cower in fear for Modern Warfare 2...
I dont mind delay. Rushed games are usually really REALLY BAD. However delaying games just means they wan to give the complete experience not just 80%.
@mark_unix and one more thing... ...and the fact that a side by side comparison between the two yields not much difference, even tho Mass Effect was released 2 years ago, means that this game's graphics are nothing but dated...
@mark_unix wow just because they use the same graphics engine doesn't mean that they have the exact same graphics. It's how you utilize the system, another reason unreal 3 has been used so long. Mass Effect uses the system primarily in the texturing giving it a nice touch, this game...not so much. So yes...smart
I dont mind the delay so much as they way the news was delivered. Letting people know your game is delayed by saying nothing and quietly having retailers change the release date on their sites two weeks before the game is supposed to ship seems nutless at best, and disrespectful at worst. Id rather have Obsidian and/or Sega step up and say they need more time.
@DuncanM908 KOTOR2 was buggy and didn't get finished. Granted, that wasn't completely Obsidian's fault as LucasArts wanted the game released and wouldn't allow a delay. But Obsidian shouldn't have agreed to a schedule in the first place if there weren't sure they'd be able to meet the deadline. NWN2 was buggy, wasn't optimized very well, and had an absolutely camera. NWN and KOTOR were AAA titles. NWN2 and KOTOR2 didn't live up to their predecessors, mainly due to a lack of polish on Obsidian's part.
If this game is a success hopefully it will give them insentive to bring that Aliens game back to the drawing table.
Needs more work definately but with the delay I think it will definately help Alpha Protocol become a potential classic!
this game won't be that great i don't think. i remember how technically flawed all of the conversation scenes were in KOTOR 2. The ending in KOTOR 2 was also pretty lackluster in my opnion. Combining Obsidian with Sega to make a game thses days is pretty weaksauce.
I think it's good. Obsidian didn't have the time to end KOTOR 2. It's good that now they are getting the chance to fulfill the potential of their game. I can wait.
I am really excited about this game now, but I don't know how excited I will be next spring. You can only delay things so long before the hype breaks.
God it's been delayed so long, it had better be the greatest game to see the light of day when it finally drops. Sadly I doubt that will be the case....
@raahsnavj, well they did go back and release the original high quality movies and audio after the fact, but trying to find a budget and plan for completing whole levels and ai scripting and all the other things that would have needed to take place seems a little more complicated. I'm guessing they would have had to ask Lucasarts for both the money and permisison to do it, and since they didn't care if the game was half finished to start, why would they agree to fix it anyway.
The last things I've seen of this game, it looks like utter crap. This game will not be a "AAA" title. Just my take on things!
i'm actually pretty excited about this game, even tho i'm not really an rpg kinda guy so if AP screws it i'll probably never buy another rpg ever again :P
Usually when these types of games are delayed they try to tweek everything that doesn't need it, so more than half the time the demo doesn't mean jack; however, I am looking forward to this game, seems different than the other games I've been playing lately. Lets hope the delay is for the better, and not for the worst.
Alpha Protocol looks awesome in all the previews I've seen....On one hand I really wish it was out but I'm hoping the game really will be as good as it looks..... I've got faith in Obsidian.....
good you cant rush good games and will find soon because all the games that have been pushed back are getting closer to coming out
Yeah sure this has the potential of being a good thing if, and I do mean if, the extra time results in a more polished game should they use this time wisely. But that is hardly any kind of gurantee, plenty of games take forever to get made and still turn out as scathing messes. As far as KotOR 2 is concerned its a double edged sword. Lucasarts deserves half the blame for wanting to push through the release date with an unfinished and unpolished product. But Obsidian derserves just as much blame for 2 reasons: 1) They couldn't get their product finished by the date that they agreed to, and more importantly, 2) They never bothered to fix/complete the game via patches as an alternative.
This is good news imo. KOTORII was a great game that was ridiculously buggy. I loved the story, settings, characters and added gameplay mechanics though. If this delay ends up making AP like KOTOR2 without the bugs, i'm all for it.
@stickiey - wasn't it? They had the ability to go back and fix it... instead the mod community had to do it. I would be this got pushed because sega saw it and said: "Wow this is worse than KOTOR II... we have to push this just to sell any of it"
i for one, am glad its being pushed back. as people say, it'll be more polished and actually complete, as opposed to the rushed garbage companies like to dump on us constantly... i mean, Blizzard pushes their releases back time and time again and nobody says boo. why? because they make some QUALITY products, whether you enjoy their games or not, theyre great. other companies should really take that cue. i eagerly await!
@raahsnavj: That wasn't thier fault. Lucasarts wanted to shove it out the door in time for the holiday season, while Obsidian was still in the middle of working on it, so they had to chop it waay down. At least Sega is smart enough to realize what happened, and not do the same thing to them.
I dont care, its important that the game is as good as possible, look at stalker, 5 years and still buggy and far from perfect but it sold 2 millions
Very nice. I'm sick of getting "half done" games for the sole reasons that the devs are too lazy and just want to make the money as fast as possible... after playing a game like Uncharted 2...(and hopefully MW2&AC2) I now have faith in gaming again, its not just "There" anymore. They really need to start taking their time and give the gamers what they want. Good Games, Worth Their Money. I now honestly can't wait for this game again lol
I am glad developers are FINALLY learning that us gamers don't mind a few months delay if it makes the game better. I am so sick of buying a game I have been drooling over for a year and realizing that it still needs 6 months of polish. Take the time, get it right.
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