During a recent chat with SEGA West president Mike Hayes, CVG has learned that the publisher won't be pursuing an Alpha Protocol sequel due to the initial game's low Metacritic average and poor sales.
"Let's speak very commercially; the game hasn't sold what we've expected, therefore we won't be doing a sequel," said Hayes. I hope this doesn't mean that they're going to axe plans to kick out a patch or two for the original game.
"The concept was brilliant, though," he added. "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."
"Again, 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."