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Retailers Move Alpha Protocol To 2010

There's no official word, but with retailers moving the Alpha Protocol release to next year, it seems likely that we won't see Obsidian's latest anytime soon.

Obviously, Sega just needs time to implement this new box art before the game ships. 
Obviously, Sega just needs time to implement this new box art before the game ships. 
Late last week, retailers like GameStop began updating their databases and moving the release date of Obsidian's Alpha Protocol to sometime in 2010. As of this writing, GameStop is listing the game as a June 1, 2010 release. That's... a bit later than its last official release date, which was next week, October 6.

We haven't heard anything official out of Sega on the matter, but I wouldn't be surprised if they issued some kind of release on the topic this week, since the cat's pretty much, like, out of the bag already. Unofficially, of course.

In case you're wondering about the validity of this 6/1 date that GameStop is throwing around, don't take that too seriously. When those guys toss out a release date for a game that's not coming within the next 90 days, it's typically a temporary date... especially when the date they give falls on the first of the month. We'll have to hold tight and see what Sega has to say about the actual date.
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Posted by Jeff
Obviously, Sega just needs time to implement this new box art before the game ships. 
Obviously, Sega just needs time to implement this new box art before the game ships. 
Late last week, retailers like GameStop began updating their databases and moving the release date of Obsidian's Alpha Protocol to sometime in 2010. As of this writing, GameStop is listing the game as a June 1, 2010 release. That's... a bit later than its last official release date, which was next week, October 6.

We haven't heard anything official out of Sega on the matter, but I wouldn't be surprised if they issued some kind of release on the topic this week, since the cat's pretty much, like, out of the bag already. Unofficially, of course.

In case you're wondering about the validity of this 6/1 date that GameStop is throwing around, don't take that too seriously. When those guys toss out a release date for a game that's not coming within the next 90 days, it's typically a temporary date... especially when the date they give falls on the first of the month. We'll have to hold tight and see what Sega has to say about the actual date.
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Edited by mracoon

Nooo. I was really looking forward to this game. How could you do this to Matt Rorie.

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Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

We need another photoshop go crazy green screen thing!

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Edited by Hitchenson

June? Dang, that's some delay if so.

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Posted by eroticfishcake

"Alpha Vinny"

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Posted by catalystex
@Hitchenson said:

" June? Dang, that's some delay. "

Read that last paragraph again. 
 

"In case you're wondering about the validity of this 6/1 date that GameStop is throwing around, don't take that too seriously. When those guys toss out a release date for a game that's not coming within the next 90 days, it's typically a temporary date... especially when the date they give falls on the first of the month. We'll have to hold tight and see what Sega has to say about the actual date."

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Posted by Kazona

Doesn't really surprise me. There hasn't been any marketing for this game far as I can tell, which would be kind of strange since Obsidian seems to really be banking on this being a strong seller, and for that you need marketing. So yea, haven't seen anything pushing Alpha Protocol as of late, so a (significant) delay wouldn't surprise me.

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Posted by Pie

I might of picked this up but spending more time on a game is always a good thing, I mean was anybody THAT impressed with the E3 stuff?

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Posted by T0mF5

Not another one.

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Posted by Winternet

Obviously

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Posted by rjayb89

I actually had interest in this game.  Oh well.

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Edited by Hitchenson
@catalystex said:

" @Hitchenson said:

" June? Dang, that's some delay. "

Read that last paragraph again. 
 

"In case you're wondering about the validity of this 6/1 date that GameStop is throwing around, don't take that too seriously. When those guys toss out a release date for a game that's not coming within the next 90 days, it's typically a temporary date... especially when the date they give falls on the first of the month. We'll have to hold tight and see what Sega has to say about the actual date."

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Read the fact I edited my post just after posting because I typed my post out wrong, again.
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Posted by Irishjohn

This continued spillover of games into 2010 is saving my bacon between now and Christmas really.  Also, is it just me or are there an absolute ton of fantastic games coming out in the next six months?  I'm not sure I remember it being this hectic for a while.

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Posted by TooWalrus

Hey, I dig the box art. The hero looks so... familiar.

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Posted by Moztacular

When I see a release date pushed back so significantly so close to a set release date, that says to me that the game was going to be absolute garbage and the developer took a look at their "finished" product and go, "Wow this sucks ass, better take another 6 months and revamp the whole thing." Whatever, Modern Warfare 2.

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Posted by Phished0ne

BAWWWWWWW  one of the only upcoming games i was actually looking forward to, besides DJ Hero and Uncharted 2.  i am going to curl up into the fetal position and cry now 
 
BAWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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Edited by GeekDown

I would be kinda okay if they moved it to January or something. But June is just way too long. And i've been looking forward to this game for quite some time...

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Posted by cyrax

Good news then. Besides the gameplay I wasn't too impressed with it.

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Posted by Jimbo

Best thing that could happen to this game.

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Posted by Brackynews
@eroticfishcake said:
" "Alpha Vinny" "
Caravella Protocol.
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Posted by natetodamax

Holy crap, they went from next week to next summer? That's a huge delay.

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Posted by eroticfishcake
@Brackynews said:
" @eroticfishcake said:
" "Alpha Vinny" "
Caravella Protocol. "
Alpha Caravella?
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Posted by DrLove

Great move if the game wasnt ready

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Posted by CoinMatze

What?!!! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!111111 I thought I was gonna get my RPG fix sooner. Now I have to wait till November for Dragon Age. Seems like I'll be playing through System Shock 2 again.

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Posted by spiceninja
@eroticfishcake said:
" @Brackynews said:
" @eroticfishcake said:
" "Alpha Vinny" "
Caravella Protocol. "
Alpha Caravella? "
Vinny Caravella in Alpha Protocol: Revenge of Matt Rory.
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Posted by ryanwho

You've put Vinny in danger by exposing his alpha agent status. >:-o

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Posted by darkjester74

Dont get too worked up you guys, that release date probably means GS has no idea when its coming out, simply that it does not expect to get it next week.

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Posted by trophyhunter

ha and I'm the one that broke this story

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Posted by raidingkvatch

This sucks was looking forward to playing that all through OCtober. Guess I'll just have to get a job.

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Edited by Death_Burnout

i'll only except this news on the basis that they're changing the boxart to Vinny...and the main character.
 
Kinda tired of all these pushbacks...but as long as Borderlands is here, im happy.

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Posted by Dryker

Good move. Looked like a good game that would have been WAY over-shadowed by Q4 releases. Now for some marketing and please, oh please, change that horrendous title. Alpha Protocol? I suppose roughly means "First thing we do". It just sounds too technical (which I'm sure is intentional since it seems to be a very technical game). But it just rubs me the wrong way. It reeks of generic.
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Posted by crusader8463

This sucks. I was looking forward to this game, now all the games i want to play are not coming out until November. Sigh the gaming drought continues.

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Posted by Afroman269

Man they would sell shit tons if it that cover art. I really hope it doesn't get delayed. June of next year? That's just bullshit.

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Posted by RHCPfan24

If they make that artwork the official cover, the game can be delayed until 2012 for all I care.

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Posted by MjHealy

Now I want to punch something. Brutal Legend better be good to fill that void!

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Posted by Teptom

This game looks like it could be good, so I'm glad they're delaying it to do whatever they feel is best for it.

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Posted by bwooduhs

Boxart is awesome.

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Posted by senrat

Believe me when i say its NOT getting delayed until June 1.  The game has been in development for a while and it so far has looked pretty polished, i doubt they would delay it that much.  The max they should delay it at this point is 2 or 3 months.
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Edited by Inquisitor

oh my god that cover rules. hahah. 
 
VINNY EFFECT.
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Posted by TheGamerFix

That kinda sucks i was thinking about getting this, looks like its gonna be a lean christmas kids.....
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Posted by AndrewB

Hope we can get some confirmation on at least a new release window, if not a date. I've never been particularly drawn to Alpha Protocol, but if the game turns out decent, it would sure be on my radar.

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Posted by TheGamerFix
@eroticfishcake said:
" @Brackynews said:
" @eroticfishcake said:
" "Alpha Vinny" "
Caravella Protocol. "
Alpha Caravella? "

Or..... Alpha-Protocol!!!!....wait.......
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Posted by Kraznor

Noooo! I joked about this to Matt Rorie's face and he seemed very certain it would come out this year. Disappointing, this was going to fill the Mass Effect 2 craving.

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Posted by ch3burashka

The game looked cool. If this is true, it fucking bullshit: only a week's notice for the delay, and it hasn't even been announced yet? Not cool, Sega/Obsidian. If the game isn't done and this is to make it a quality product, then they shouldn't have announced it so effing early.

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Posted by Max_Power_

I forgot it was coming so... push it SEGA. The first new IP from Obsidian shouldn't be a financial failure! This would have done much better in august or something, but May-June territory is fine

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Posted by JDMan1313

It seems like I'm the only one who thinks this game looks really cool.

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Edited by MrKlorox

Saw it coming in the leaked Sega conference call minutes where they also outed DC games on PS3. What was the note from the conference, again? " Mass Effect felt more RPG?"
 
I thought that was a good thing because ME wasn't great as an action game. Devs of both genres are still trying to find the right balance of elements and the feel of these new hybrids.

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Posted by snide

Still looking forward to this one.

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Posted by MeatSim

This is a shame but there are so many other games coming out soon, I can wait for Alpha Protocol. Still looking forward to it though.

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Posted by Binman88

Well that sucks, I was really looking forward to this.
 
I decided to check up on my pre orders in case anything else was delayed and sure enough Assassin's Creed 2 (PC) won't be out for another 5 or 6 months. Great.

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