Sega has just unveiled plans to release a modern-day espionage role-playing game in 2009.
Alpha Protocol will be developed by Obsidian Entertainment, a studio that has previously worked on some high profile RPGs, namely Neverwinter Nights 2 and Knights of the Old Republic II. According to the company’s CEO, Feargus Urquhart, Alpha Protocol “will blend Obsidian’s knack for intricate stories, engrossing characters, and significant character advancement with fast-paced modern combat.”
As you might guess from the last comment, this will be an RPG with a focus on action and real-time combat, although there’ll be different ways to tackle your spy assignments. Cunning players can take a stealth-based approach, while shooter fans can just get stuck in with a variety of weapons and of course the obligatory gadgets. There will also be an emphasis on moral choices, with in-depth conversations and reactions from the characters you meet.
It all sounds pretty tasty in a Bourne kind of way. Expect to see Alpha Protocol infiltrating the PC, X360 and PS3 formats around Spring 2009.