Sega’s “espionage RPG,” was due to ship on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on October 27. Sega has placed ads for its fall release in several magazines, including a noticeably large three-page ad in the review section of the November issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine.
Within the last few days, EBGames has changed the game listing on its schedule. A phone call to Sega produced a “no comment” response, which often is another way of saying, “Yes, that’s true but our hands are tied right now, gotta go!”
Alpha Protocol is a unique mixture of RPG story-telling elements and balls-to-the-wall action developed by traditional RPG creator, Obsidian Entertainment.
With the recession taking a chunk out of game industry sales throughout 2009, the game industry no longer appears as recession proof as it once was. Slower software and hardware sales have scared retailers into believing (and possible correctly) that consumers just won’t spend as much this holiday season, and that only big-name games have a chance.
Analysts predict that there will be practially no gray area in sales, with well-known brand names like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Halo 3: ODST, and the likes taking the lion’s share, while lesser known games and new IPs will fare poorly. This preditction isn’t inevitable, but it’s likely Sega felt that it’s intricate new IP, Alpha Protocol, had just better step out Modern Warfare 2’s way. Too bad, too. I was really looking forward to playing it this fall.