It would've been one of the more anticipated releases of the month, had it managed to hit its intended October 2009 release date. Instead, we have to wait for Obsidian Entertainment's Alpha Protocol until next year.
If you're wondering why Sega pushed the game into 2010, it doesn't have as much to do with the fact that it would battle established franchises, but that Sega simply wanted the extra time. They have lofty goals for this title, you see. According to GameCenterOnline , Sega has said that in order to "fulfill its 'AAA' potential," they are going to give Obsidian a few extra months to add more polish and refinement to the "Espionage RPG." Said Sega of America president Masanao Maeda:
"Since the inception of Alpha Protocol, Sega has recognized the potential for the game to establish itself as an AAA title. 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."
This is one of those times where we're okay with a delay. Not only do we have more than enough to play right now (and over the next month or so), but we also believe in giving game developers all the time they need to produce a quality title. And besides, the very concept of Alpha Protocol is very intriguing; we like the idea of having all sorts of decision-making freedom during our spy-like quest. Well, anyway, we'll let you know when Sega gets more specific than "Spring 2010" for a release date.
Related Game(s): Alpha Protocol