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SEGA has confirmed that it won't be creating a sequel to Obsidian Entertainment's espionage RPG Alpha Protocol following far lower sales than expected.

SEGA West president Mike Hayes told CVG that the game didn't shift enough copies to warrant a sequel despite the publisher being happy with the "concept" behind Obsidian's spy-hard RPG.

"Let's speak very commercially; the game hasn't sold what we've expected, therefore we won't be doing a sequel," explained Hayes.

"The concept was brilliant, though," he continued. "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.

"Again, the amount you need to invest to get there is so large because RPGs are naturally big projects. We've decided we won't do a sequel."

This might come as a disappointment to some, as Alpha Protocol had great potential for a follow-up. Take a look at what we made of the game in our definitive review.

Farewell, Michael Thorton. We hardly knew thee...




 
 

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Comment #1 by CrazyRossco
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 07:34:22 AM
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And nothing of value was lost.


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Comment #2 by Ninja_Daemon117
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 07:35:59 AM
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With some work it could of been an awesome game so that kinda sucks.


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Comment #3 by General Boredom
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 07:39:23 AM
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While I give Obsidian some credit for actually trying to do an original IP for a change, they should really just stick with working on other studios' hand-me-downs.


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Comment #4 by RECKLESS MINION
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 07:40:13 AM
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Sad news was kind of looking forward to a sequel , in my opinion the first was Amazing .


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Comment #5 by Snowdog205
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 07:42:54 AM
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Was ok, very average game to be honest


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Comment #6 by TNT LotLP
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 07:45:15 AM
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brilliant concept -- fucking awfully executed


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Comment #7 by Kroesis
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 07:55:48 AM
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What #6 said.


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Comment #8 by brianarney
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 07:57:37 AM
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I thought the game could've been much better than what it was. But, according to a developer within Obsidian, SEGA ruined everything they had planned for AP. They continued to make changes to the game throughout the project and that always set it back.

I think, perhaps, if SEGA had let Obsidian do their job and do the game they wanted to create - then, maybe, just maybe, Alpha Protocol could've been a much better game.


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Comment #9 by BuckfastNI
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 08:07:39 AM
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Would have been shocked had they made a sequel to be honest. Alpha Protocol had huge potental but failed to deliver. However they knew they were releasing a bad game and I seriously doubt a sequel was ever on the cards due to the complete lack of promotion pre-release.

You had to dig pretty deep to find any info on AP and a review couldn't be found until amost a week after it was released. Did they expect to sell 1 million copies simply by giving it the money spinning name Alpha Protocol? Who knows...


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Comment #10 by NawtyCawty
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 08:15:36 AM
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Well it takes a hell of a game to drag the fanboys away from Call of Duty and Halo. Unfortunately this wasnt it.


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Comment #11 by dirge
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 08:22:28 AM
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I enjoyed the game, gutted about no sequel though.


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Comment #12 by Earth Djinn
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 08:24:04 AM
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I'm still planning to buy this, I'm just going to wait for it to come down in price because of everything else I already have to play.


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Comment #13 by TheDeceiver35
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 08:25:17 AM
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I actually enjoyed the first one. While it certainly had its flaws, I thought it was decent. Too bad about not having a sequel.


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Comment #14 by maliguen
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 08:34:26 AM
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The game hasn't sold as they have expected because to have a good game you don't only need a brilliant concept, but a brilliant game overall.

Maybe if they have put more budgets to polish their game, the sales would have been better and then they could do a sequel.

Even, if they think their concept is good, why they don't do a sequel that is better than the first. This way they will perform on Metacritic.


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Comment #15 by Voxael
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 08:45:31 AM
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Gutted.

I really really enjoyed this game. It was easily my favourite RPG of this year, for all it's supposed flaws.

Was looking forward to them using the same thing as Mass Effect with the saved games carrying over.



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Comment #16 by Accel Dance
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 08:54:24 AM
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They're basing their stuff on Metacritic reviews?
...erm why not just improve on the stuff they said was wrong, and you'll make a good sequel? Morons.


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Comment #17 by REDZERO_UK
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 08:55:16 AM
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It was good but the shooting mechanical was dreadful. I did play it all the way to the end as it did have so charm about it that kept me going. It just felt unpolished, it had so much more potential than was actually realised.


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Comment #18 by RadiantViper
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 09:06:50 AM
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This is terrible news. The game is amazing. I don't think they should just give up like that ... :(


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Comment #19 by Donkey Lips
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 09:12:37 AM
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Just like Alan Wake, this game looked horrible from the get-go.


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Comment #20 by TheFear77
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 09:25:22 AM
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The game was alright could of been better too nad there wont be a sequel


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Comment #21 by johnnyd
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 09:29:51 AM
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I was excited for it, bought it day one, traded it in day 3. played once, attempted second playthrough, but i just could not be bothered, wasnt exciting enough.


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Comment #22 by BLAAARGH
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 09:46:14 AM
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Although I'd like to see a sequel, why would there be an Alpha Protocol 2 when the Alpha Protocol was shut down at the end of the game?

And in saying that, I'm hoping Obsidian will spin this off on their own, under another name, now that Sega won't be producing another "Alpha Protocol".


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Comment #23 by Kugsen
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 09:59:48 AM
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Despite so manying annoying bugs, mechanics and glitches, I actually really enjoyed this game. The story was enough to keep me hooked until the end.


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Comment #24 by Masklin
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 10:02:17 AM
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I tried the game but couldn't get into it. Maybe go back to it at some point and give it another go.


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Comment #25 by Lothra
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 10:14:45 AM
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There trying to blame the consumer for not buying it, thats laughable, the game was buggy and glitchy as hell, yeah it was a good concept but they didn't make a good game out of that concept, its the developers fault not the consumers.


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Comment #26 by Will Daniels
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 10:39:51 AM
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I wanted to like this game...But it was frustratingly bad. Poor design, and the game needed much more polish.


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Comment #27 by Ironhand
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 10:44:50 AM
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Did #19 compare this game to Alan Wake.... who is getting a sequel? That's funny. And to #25 since customers are how they are making their money its kinda up to us whether they do more of a game. The developers may have thought this was amazing they don't just put a game out without thought. But on topic its good to see a company be humble and say look we failed let's move on to better things. In this money hungry world its good to see.


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Comment #28 by MOYFplox
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 10:52:55 AM
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Shame, I'm enjoying it so far.


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Comment #29 by Dredgon
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 10:56:41 AM
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Though it had its faults, I still enjoyed it it and it was a great addition to my favorite genre, was looking forward to a sequel or DLC, but guess not :(


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Comment #30 by PanzerMatt
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 11:31:23 AM
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Bugsidian hits again and what's their next involvement - good grief Fallout New Vegas - Please don't let them screw that up as well, Bugsidian Please Extensive Bug and Gameplay Tests on it!


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Comment #31 by Doominatorx6
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 11:47:01 AM
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What's this? A brilliant concept gone horribly wrong?
I'd say this is a TURNING POINT for this once great developer, wouldn't you say?

Anyone?

Though from a serious standpoint, I heard the whole development process of this game was one big clusterfuck, hence why it turned out so poor.


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Comment #32 by dark ugm
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 12:37:06 PM
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its a shame but im not surprise


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Comment #33 by BeardedHoplite
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 12:49:20 PM
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Eh, I dropped this game after it suddenly got delayed out of October


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Comment #34 by ponypo2001
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 12:50:13 PM
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Game was actually very good and full of potential. However, like so many titles, it was rushed through the door without letting the programming team finish work on it, thus it could never shine as brightly as promised. Don't understand why the suits are always in such a rush to put the games out when they ain't even finished and then have the gall to cry about sales.


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Comment #35 by Stealthcake
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 12:56:57 PM
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Had so much potential this game did, shame.


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Comment #36 by AlejandroTB
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 01:20:17 PM
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too bad.


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Comment #37 by IXISHADOW
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 02:24:27 PM
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@#8 With Sega being the developers and the company proving the paychecks and funds for the game what they say goes.


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Comment #38 by Canadian Gamerling
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 02:37:19 PM
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my main issue was the shooting mechanics and there was some flaws and glitches here n' there... once i finished playing the game i was a bit disappointed but i did enjoy the story of the game!

i think if you were to break the game down to graphics, plot, gameplay, that gameplay wouldnt be higher than a 3-4 but everything else would be at least a 7-8 in my books!


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Comment #39 by L16HTZ
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 05:12:47 PM
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Now i'm REALLY hoping BIOWARE/EA picks up the rights to AP.


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Comment #40 by SuffocatingLite
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 09:56:30 PM
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Loved Alpha Protocol, didn't notice any flaws really except for some parts where the dialogue didn't sound right. Could of been longer too.


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Comment #41 by Roberoo
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 01:21:23 AM
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I enjoyed it, the shooting wasn't satisfying but there was a lot of good stuff to build on there. Hopefully someone else will take notice of some of the rpg elements and the way the conversations flowed and effected the story.


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Comment #42 by Grossmesser
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 04:21:48 AM
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This game was utter garbage. Took it back to GS a few hrs after playing it. Good thing my buddy works there...got a full refund. Stick to the "Baldur's Gate" type rpgs Obsidian...please.


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Comment #43 by DamagedWill
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 04:30:37 AM
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The game did have flaws. But the pros far outweighed the cons. Games always say that their choices have consequences but I've haven't seen a game pull it off this well since Fallout 1 and 2. You may say "What about Mass Effect? Fable?" but those games usually have two distinct paths to go through and in the long run, those choices mean squat. I actually felt the weight of my decisions, even late into the game when I kept seeing evidence of past decisions.

Not to knock Mass Effect or Fable, but I just hate when developers boast choice and conseqence when really it's a slap on the wrist and/or standard good or evil situations.


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Comment #44 by DamagedWill
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 04:33:24 AM
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@37 - Sega wasn't the developer. Obsidian was. A developer which has pretty much been fucked by every publisher that hires them.

Thank God for Bethesda giving them free roam on Fallout:NV.


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Comment #45 by DENAz666
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 05:14:08 AM
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Pity, at its base, it was a good game. With a sequel they really could have built on those flaws to make a great game


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Comment #46 by blackbriar83
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 06:50:36 AM
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Hired this out played for 30 mins and went this is shite so glad I didn't pay for this!!! @ #6 true


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Comment #47 by SlyBeast
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 09:19:09 AM
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I'm disgusted that people actually take Metacritic - a database of internet nobodys - seriously.


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Comment #48 by AboutFace
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 12:46:18 PM
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This is very disappointing news. I really enjoyed this game. I guess the Omega sign on the back of the boat at the end of the game was a clue, no more AP.


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Comment #49 by i Eat Kittenzx
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 12:47:32 PM
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I think a sequel could of been a good idea.. Fix the god-aweful gun shooting and a couple other things and the game is ace. Im having alot of fun with it right now but seems like its lacking alot of things that could of been acomplished if they didnt realease it right now and gave it a year or so to fix.


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Comment #50 by ModernViking
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 03:00:09 PM
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This game looked pretty cheap and terrible.


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Comment #51 by Nitnoid
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 06:46:53 PM
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The funny thing is, if they had allowed the chicks to get naked, or at least skimpy lingerie or something, the game woulda sold a mint. But I fear SEGA being involved probably put the axe to that thought...

It was a good game and I enjoyed playing it. Wish more people would have given it a chance as a stealth RPG with shooter elements AND not started out on Hard difficulty just to get two achievements at once. Starting on easy makes a HUGE difference in how you perceive the game.


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Comment #52 by xKTAx Ultimo
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 08:53:57 PM
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Hey here's some interesting ideas....how about you turn this shite for a game upside down and do what shoulda been done to begin with and flush all copies of it down a toilet or do like they are doing with Shaq Fu and buying copies back to bury them. And instead of even THINKING about ANYTHING Alpha Protocol Sega, why don't you get to work on a Shenmue 3 since all your other games other than Bayonetta and a couple others that don't suck will make you a profit?


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Comment #53 by tsydrown
Friday, July 09, 2010 @ 07:56:28 AM
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Had amazing potential, and failed, big time! I couldn't stand the fact that despite early claims of a fairly open world, it was far from that! As for Sneaking around, forget it! Great ideas, but failed to deliver! The branching storylines were good though, played it twice, and both stories changed at ever step. Finally, bugged achievements! Granted I was offline when I played it, thus a patch may have been released, but I detest Achievements that are unobtainable, at any point!

Huge let-down! Looks like i'll just have to wait for FO: NV, at least that one WILL be good! :-D


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Comment #54 by Katarn
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 07:56:31 PM
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RIP alpha protocol you will be missed. Damn i am enjoying this game, i would love a sequel. Favorite 360 games ever. Top 3.

1. Mass Effect
2. Dragon Age
3. Alpha Protocol

All bioware, all rpgs, all long, all romances, all pay attention to detail and choices.

Tell how i can contact sega and bioware. I want to know how much it will cost to buy the rights to make a sequel.


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Comment #55 by darkxxchuck
Sunday, August 15, 2010 @ 04:03:57 AM
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AP 2 sould be made but by bioware.
i thought the game was great there were a couple thing that could have been twicked to make it better but all games r like that
and if ur conparing it to ME1 ME2 it better than ME1 but not than ME2 and it kicks dragon ages ass
dragon age was boreing after 2 play thougths im on my second and a half play thought of AP and i still am addict ive had it 3 days
AP was under rated and it is an 8/10 it is a buy


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Comment #56 by darkxxchuck
Sunday, August 15, 2010 @ 04:03:58 AM
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AP 2 sould be made but by bioware.
i thought the game was great there were a couple thing that could have been twicked to make it better but all games r like that
and if ur conparing it to ME1 ME2 it better than ME1 but not than ME2 and it kicks dragon ages ass
dragon age was boreing after 2 play thougths im on my second and a half play thought of AP and i still am addict ive had it 3 days
AP was under rated and it is an 8/10 it is a buy


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Comment #57 by madcap1
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 12:45:01 PM
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Thank god. one of the WORST games I have ever played. AI is awful. Graphics are soooo bad even when there is no pop ups oh and I love the load times even when your in the middle of battle. I even installed it on my HD just as bad this game should be avoided at all costs. Had it for two days and I think I will use the game disk as a drink coaster or maybe a frisbee, I dont want to trade it in and curse the next poor soul who buys this joke of a game.


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Comment #58 by dmosbon
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 12:58:31 PM
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Would love to have seen a sequel. Never say never, eh?!


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Comment #59 by Andarion
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 01:15:03 PM
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@22: in the game one of the characters says that every time AP is discovered or exposed, it shuts down and then re-emerges under a different name. it's not too farfetched to say that is what they could do.

i thoroughly enjoyed AP and am disappointed there will be no sequel.


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Comment #60 by kennythomas26
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 11:52:22 AM
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hey sega said they won't publish a sequel but may be another publisher will pick this series up and help dreate this serie, at the beginning it was pissing me off but now it has growed on and it is a great concept it just needed a little bit more polish and it would have been great.


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Comment #61 by UndeadCyric
Sunday, February 20, 2011 @ 04:15:06 PM
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It's really sad when you work at a gaming company and you have no idea about the game itself. After almost a year I have finally found someone with a copy and started playing it. The first thing I thought was wow, mass effect meets Splinter cell. Great concept for the game, awesome story so far from what I've played. Graphics aren't all that but I look at for what they had. A middle company trying to make a game with a budget less then standard rpg games. A publisher like Sega doesn't help either. They're notorious for constantly switching ideas and direction in mid-project without notice or warning. Kinda bummed no squeal but something I've learned in my 10yrs at GameStop. It's not just the gamers whom make or break. It's mainly the company pushing the game. We're just the definite answer. Thanks again Sega for screwing up!


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Comment #62 by James110a
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 11:47:33 PM
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At the very least, perhaps Alpha Protocol gave inspiration to future game designers.


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Comment #63 by CharlesGasey
Monday, May 16, 2011 @ 07:27:25 PM
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I too enjoyed this game and am upset there will be no sequel. It is sad a quality RPG like this isn't going to be continued.


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Comment #64 by Blue Thunder28
Sunday, August 07, 2011 @ 10:58:55 AM
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I liked this game a lot.. But there wasn't much call for a sequel.. Sure it was somewhat open but all 3 endings (not including all the variations with who's with you and romance etc) ended very well I was quite satisfied with each option.


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Comment #65 by gorilla87
Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 06:34:40 PM
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the BEST crap game iv ever played, somehow i keep going back to it...almost hoping it will improve by playing it again...and again...


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Comment #66 by KristianX666
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 @ 06:14:44 PM
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I honestly thoroughly enjoyed the game... certain aspects of it were a bit messed up (like guards instant reaction to seeing you, as if they had inhuman reaction time, and the lack of cash flow), but I would love a sequel. The idea behind this game was very good, and had a great story to back it up. I'm a little surprised the sales were so low.


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