Sega rules out Alpha Protocol sequel

No more versions of Obsidian title planned - despite 'brilliant concept'

Sega has ruled out the possibility of it publishing a sequel to Alpha Protocol - as it admits that the game's sales were lower than expected.

The Obsidian-developed spy RPG won some good reviews - but ended up with a sub-70 average on Metacritic.

Sega West president Mike Hayes told CVG that the game didn't sell as well as the publisher expected - but that the firm was proud of the "concept" of the title.

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

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

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"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."

Check back on CVG later this week for our full interview with Mike Hayes.