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Alpha Protocol Dated For October 6

Obsidian's "espionage RPG" finally gets a hard release date, along with box art and a new video.

Somebody at Sega pulled the big shiny lever marked "Release Alpha Protocol News!" today, repeatedly. First up, the game's release date: October 6. That covers releases on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The game's been delayed pretty heavily, but then, what we saw of it at E3 looked like Obsidian has been spending the extra time polishing the game up, so maybe that's for the best.

Next up, the latest developer diary for the game, going into more detail about Michael Thorton's most dangerous mission.

 

   

Lastly, the box art! Obsidian informs us the official title is still just Alpha Protocol, with the "Espionage RPG" business constituting a tagline, not a subtitle. In case you were wondering!

   
 
  
Who among you is sold on Alpha Protocol already? It sounds ambitious to me, but I'm in kind of a wait-and-see mode before I get too hyped for it. Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad

Somebody at Sega pulled the big shiny lever marked "Release Alpha Protocol News!" today, repeatedly. First up, the game's release date: October 6. That covers releases on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The game's been delayed pretty heavily, but then, what we saw of it at E3 looked like Obsidian has been spending the extra time polishing the game up, so maybe that's for the best.

Next up, the latest developer diary for the game, going into more detail about Michael Thorton's most dangerous mission.

 

   

Lastly, the box art! Obsidian informs us the official title is still just Alpha Protocol, with the "Espionage RPG" business constituting a tagline, not a subtitle. In case you were wondering!

   
 
  
Who among you is sold on Alpha Protocol already? It sounds ambitious to me, but I'm in kind of a wait-and-see mode before I get too hyped for it.
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Edited by Hyuzen

i'm pretty excited about this game, looks to be pretty really awesome.
I dunno about the box-art though. especially that espionage rpg tagline. seems a little weird.

Posted by true3man

Looking forward to it, hope its good

Posted by spilledmilkfactory
@Hyuzen said:
" i'm pretty excited about this game, looks to be pretty really awesome.I dunno about the box-art though. especially that espionage rpg tagline. seems a little weird. "
agreed. the box is pretty lame looking, although the game itself has potential.
Posted by FlipperDesert

The tagline is silly.

I'm a little hesaitant about the whole timie limit on the speech options thing (I like to think before I act), but the game itself looks pretty great. I could also watch that guy get his head slammed into a bar for hours.

Posted by ververdan0226

One of my most anticipated games of the Fall is coming out on October 6. Yay! Also, am I the only one who doesn't like the box art?

Posted by deaux

I'm sold on it -- it looked pretty sweet at E3.  I think he could have something better in his left hand than another gun.  A loop of garrote wire maybe.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Box art looks like a 90's tech thriller...

And the whole, "The Espionage RPG" thing just looks odd, out of place, and unneeded.

Posted by LeBart

Game looks interesting, looking forward to trying it.

That box art is ugly as hell though...
Posted by Jimbo

I have a lot of time for Obsidian games, but I can see this getting mediocre reviews and flopping pretty hard sales wise.

I guess they've crunched the numbers, but second-tier devs releasing expensive new IP in the holiday crush always seems like a terrible idea to me.

You're gonna put this up against Mass Effect and Dragon Age?  Srsly?  Good luck with that.

Posted by MjHealy

I haven't really read into it yet. I should have a look, could be good.

Edited by Jimbo

Also, box art creativity GO!:




Edit:  Blue and Goldy Orange?  Check.  Dude posing with pistol?  Check.  Washed out background of something Spy-y?  Check.  Looks like we've got us a spy game!

              



Spy vs. Spy











Posted by ververdan0226
@Jimbo said:
" I have a lot of time for Obsidian games, but I can see this getting mediocre reviews and flopping pretty hard sales wise.

I guess they've crunched the numbers, but second-tier devs releasing expensive new IP in the holiday crush always seems like a terrible idea to me.

You're gonna put this up against Mass Effect and Dragon Age?  Srsly?  Good luck with that. "
Its not actually up against Mass Effect 2, that's next year. And its a very different game than Dragon Age, so I think they will find different markets. But I agree, it is probably gonna flop in sales, no matter how good it is. It looks hella promising though and that's why I'm excited.

Posted by Breakfast

Looks kinda crappy tbh.
Yet there's a split second scene in the beginning with a naked woman in a bed. Amagad!, have we got another sex scene?

Posted by AndrooD2

Who the hell cares what the box looks like? It's not as though you split your time between playing the game and ogling the box art.

The game sounds cool in concept, but the promo videos haven't sold me on it. The conversation stance system looks cool, and the timer is an interesting mechanic that could create some frenetic decision-making moments during dialogue. As someone who often takes breaks to get a snack or take a leak during RPG dialogue, I'm looking forward to the possibility of something innovative in that regard.

There are too many intriguing titles coming out this Fall to buy it day and date though, but, if it reviews well, I'll probably pick it up down the road.

Posted by Lies

"The" Espionage RPG?

eh. Seems odd.

Posted by Jimbo
@ververdan0226: ME2 isn't out until next year?? *sob*  Still, I guess it makes sense for Bioware not to compete with themselves.

Well, that gives Alpha Protocol a fighting chance at least.  I still think it'll flop hard, but I really hope it doesn't.  Obsidian deserve a hit they can call their own.
Posted by Venatio

I dont like that boxart at all but Im kinda excited for the game, although I will wait for reviews first

Posted by mracoon

Been looking forward to this for a while so I'm glad to see it get a release date.

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Posted by buzz_killington

Since Mass Effect a'int commin' to the PS3, I'm probably sold.

Posted by JoelTGM

I will probably get it.  It looks like the kind of game you can take your time with, and play however you want. 

Posted by Teptom

I love a game that tells you exactly what it is.


I've kinda excited for this one for a few months, and I can't wait to see how it turns out.
Posted by bwooduhs

definittly gonna wait and see abouth this one.

Posted by Fiveoutafive

Looking forward to this. Less Swords and Sorcery more guns and espionage

Edited by crusader8463

i WAS super excited for this game. Then when i saw it in action at E3 not so much. I love the concept of it but from the combat that i saw at E3 it looks like its going to be very boring. Time will tell as games can change a lot in 4-5 months

Posted by MeatSim

This game is on my list of games to watch out for this fall.

Posted by Nate

@Jimbo
said:
" Also, box art creativity GO!:


s
Yep, gold and blue are definitely the colors of espionage :)
Posted by navyguy21
@Hyuzen: Agreed, the box art is FUGLY!! Will be an awesome game though :P Day one buy for me!
Posted by pepper

That Box-Art is SOOOOOOOOOO cheesy. They should go ahead and fix that.

Posted by Zeouterlimits

Terrible box-art. Seriously.
  I'm excited but.... we'll wait and see.

Posted by Nasar7
Not sold, game doesn't look great.

Posted by Carlos1408

This game really seems to have a lot of potential, but it's a wait and see for me.

Posted by musdy

Loved Mass Effect but this could be ok.

Posted by dvdwalker8

I will definitely be buying it the week it comes out.... Don't really like the box art that much, but it's not that big of a deal.

Posted by Cheapoz

It seems box art always gets a bad wrap, but in this case it's justified. It's not only lacking imagination, it's lacking delivery. This looks like a photoshop 5 magazine cover story tutorial.


aka, it's ordinary.
Posted by GeekDown

I'm not really sold on it since the graphics doesn't look too great...but I'm really hoping it's gonna be good though.

Posted by TekZero

Already hyped for it.  It's being made by Obsidian.  That alone sold it for me.

Already preordered.

Posted by phlegms

I dont know, Im still kind of skeptical about it. Something about it hasnt clicked for me yet..

Posted by PJ

I havent been interrested about this at all so I dont really get the hype. Though im a huge action RPG fan, Alpha Protocol never grabed me. Probebly since all my hype has been dirrected at Mass Effect 2. Though im not agains buying AP if it turns out good but thats nothing that i expect, probebly since ive had a gruge agains Obsidian for making a "bad" sequal to KOTOR.

Posted by Unchained

Day One for me. Looking forward to it.

Posted by quezen

Buy Dragon Age instead!!!

Edited by JJWeatherman

This game looks awesome. I have been hearing a lot of good things about this game on the Bombcast and such, but I really haven't read too far into the game until now. Looks a little like a modern Mass Effect to me. Wow this really caught me off guard, I'm interested now.

Edit: Oh yeah and of course everyone should buy the game if only to support Matt Rorie.    :P

Edit again: The guy that posted above me is a total douche.

Posted by Deusoma

Yeah, the game looks great to me, I get kind of a modern-day Mass Effect vibe from it, but honestly, I wouldn't be terribly surprised if it's all an elaborate facade and the game gets three stars. I'm not putting a pre-order on it, but I'm most definitely keeping an eye on it.

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Totally getting this, it looks great

Posted by Spiritof

If they are basically going to do an espionage/spy version of Mass Effect, I kinda wish they had gone all the way and and let me do a customizable character and let me pick a male or female agent.

Just sayin', if they really want to get me high as a kite for this title, they'd have these features.

Posted by freezerr

Day 1. Would have preferred a more elegant box art, though.

Posted by Hannibal

I don't know if I'm the first to say this but that Travis dude sounds a lot like Greg K

Posted by masternater27

Sold.  Agreed that boxart sucks

Posted by Nomin

When would Obsidian actually make games based on original IPs, not regurgitate from similar gameplay formula using Bioware hand me downs? The game is essentially a Mass Effect Redux.

Posted by Sly_Ry

Game is whack

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