No Plans For Alpha Protocol Sequel
Written Tuesday, July 06, 2010 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
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.
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