E3 08: Sega Blowout: Alpha Protocol

The deluge of Sega assets continues, this time with screens from Obsidian Entertainment’s — the folks who brought us Knights of the Old Republic 2 and Neverwinter Nights 2 — new modern day role playing game Alpha Protocol.

The game follows special agent Michael Thorton who is the only person that can prevent a catastrophic international crisis. Players will be able to choose how Michael completes his missions: by the book, going rogue and slaughtering everyone that gets in your way, or being a smart mouthed jackass to everyone you meet, which will determine how things ultimately turn out.

Alpha Protocol will be skill — rather than level — based, letting you choose between close combat techniques, marksmanship, and gadget proficiency for Michael to focus in. The game’s title refers to some sort of weapon that the forces of evil are trying to utilize for their own nefarious ends. There’s no word on what that weapon actually does, though.

Planned for release next February, Alpha Protocol will have a PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 version.

Justin Villasenor