It’s only been on retail shelves for a month, but Sega has already confirmed that it won’t be publishing a sequel to Obsidian’s latest RPG release Alpha Protocol.
The game was released on May 28th and wasn’t that well received by reviewers, managing an average of just 63 per cent (on Xbox 360) on reviews aggregation site Metacritic.
Let’s speak very commercially; the game hasn’t sold what we’ve expected, therefore we won’t be doing a sequel,” Sega West president Mike Hayes told CVG. The concept was brilliant, though.
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.
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.”