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Sega Nixes Alpha Protocol 2

By Pete Haas 2010-07-06 13:01:59 discussion comments
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Espionage RPG Alpha Protocol hit stores about a month ago. Publisher Sega hasn't been pleased by its performance thus far and the prospects for a sequel seem dim.

"Let's speak very commercially; the game hasn't sold what we've expected, therefore we won't be doing a sequel," Sega West president Mike Hayes told CVG.

"The concept was brilliant, though," added Hayes. "You know this whole thing with Metacritic where you have to be in the high 70s to mid-80s minimum [to have any success] - well, with RPGs you have got to be in the late 80s. Whilst we had a good game, I don't think we had a game that had enough to get us to that upper echelon and I think that was the issue."

Just because Sega doesn't want to publish a sequel, though, that doesn't necessarily mean Alpha Protocol 2 won't happen. It's possible developer Obsidian Entertainment owns the IP and could pitch AP2 to another shop. Based on how raw the first game was, though, I'm not waiting with bated breath.
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