Is every video game ever going to be delayed until 2010? Looks that way: The rumor is Sega's Alpha Protocol has been pushed back. GameStop has pushed AP's expected launch date to 6/1/2010, with Amazon Canada also showing a 2010 release. The secret-agent-based game is being developed by Obsidian, and was originally slated to be released in early October.
I spoke to Obsidian head Feargus Urquhart back in March, and here's how he described AP:
"Alpha Protocol is doing really well. It’s great to be able to make a game like that. In my past, I’ve done D&D, done Fallout, I’ve done a bunch of different stuff, but something I hadn’t really had a chance to do is something more modern day. There’s been Deus Ex and things like that, but not many people have really tried to take RPG and put it in modern day, so it’s been interesting. It’s been challenging, but in a good way. Trying to figure out how to make “fireball” work, in a spy game, with Jason Bourne. That’s been an interesting part of it. It’s a big project and that’s great for the studio, because we learn how to manage these big projects, and getting to use Unreal 3 has been good, so it’s going really well.
Sounds like a great game, does it not?
I've put in a call to Sega for confirmation, but I haven't heard back.... If they'll speak with me on the record, I'll let you know what's up. Until then, take this rumor with a grain of salt.