A leaked Sega document took the Internet by storm yesterday with a number of amazing revelations, most notably the hint that Dreamcast and PS2 games could be heading to the PS3. Buried among all the juicy gossip and fanciful ideas were some pretty harsh criticisms of Alpha Protocol, comparing the game unfavorably to Mass Effect and claiming that the game is “barely RPG.”
“We’re not really sure how much this gentleman played of Alpha Protocol, or what his ideas of an RPG are,” retorts Obsidian marketing manager Matthew Rorie. “Suffice to say, the game is 100% an RPG; we don’t really make any other kind of game. You earn XP, you get levels, you choose your skill progression, you modify your weapons, you interact with NPCs (or kill/sleep with them), the world reacts to the choices you make in pretty dramatic ways, etc.
“As for what he said, obviously we enjoy any feedback that we can get, but without knowing how much of the game he played (and I seriously doubt that someone as busy as a product evaluator for Sony is going to be playing through an entire game if it’s as long as Alpha Protocol), it’s hard to judge what he meant by those comments. Suffice to say that Alpha Protocol is going to tickle your RPG tastebuds when it’s released.”
I think the most interesting thing here isn’t so much what Obsidian said than the fact that Obsidian said anything. This certainly lends credence to the whole leaked document, as I am sure Obsidian would’ve refuted the entire thing if there was no chance it was genuine. Either way, this document is causing a real stink and I can’t wait to see what happens next.