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Alpha Protocol

If you like your RPGs then this announcement from Sega is going to get you salivating over your D20s. Working with Obsidian Entertainment – who made KOTOR II and Neverwinter Nights 2 – they will be releasing a new RPG in 2009. Set in the modern world, Alpha Protocol is based around espionage, and it will brew a simmering concoction of story and character alongside fast-paced modern combat: We’re thinking Sydney Bristow kicking ass in high-heels, rather than the more sedantry pace of UK spy drama Spooks.

The CEO of Obsidian Entertainment, Feargus Urquhart – which is a far better spy name than the blandly named central character, Michael Thorton – is confident that the game will bring something new to the genre:

“Alpha Protocol embraces everything we enjoy about making RPGs from a fresh perspective. We are confident our talented staff at Obsidian will enable us to deliver this exciting RPG experience.”

In keeping with the espionage theme, we don’t yet know too much about the story, but here’s what we’ve been able to dig up using our Ninja spy abilities.

Michael Thorton is a young agent who, despite his undeniable loyalty, has been cast aside by the government he served. Loyalty does have its uses however, and so Thorton is the only one with the information that can stop a potentially catastrophic international incident. But to do what must be done, he’ll have to cut himself adrift from those he’s sworn to protect.

As the player tackles mission objectives, the decisions and actions will shape Thorton’s character – so much so, that every decision made will have consequences for the fate of the world.

This is so far up our street, it’s as though Obsidian has just rung the doorbell at TSA Towers and presented us with a boxset of Alias Seasons 1 to 5. The only bit we’re upset about it is the game not being based around a pixel-perfect representation of Jennifer Garner, with the option of using some of her more, ahem, interesting Alias outfits. Before we go ga-ga, here’s Sega saying something:

“Working with Obsidian Entertainment on a project of this stature is incredibly exciting for SEGA. We have one of the best independent developers working on what will be one of the definitive games of 2009,” stated Gary Knight, European Marketing Director, SEGA Europe Ltd. “With innovative RPG action and an incredible interactive storyline to match the very best spy-thrillers, Alpha Protocol delivers a heart thumping high definition experience.”

Ok, ok ordinarily here at TSA we’d be venting spleen at such ludicrous tub-thumping, but on this occasion no; We’re loving the sound of this and are thumping that tub with them.

Alpha Protocol is set for global domination on the PlayStation 3 in 2009.

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