Yesterday, news broke that SEGA and Obsidian’s ambitious yet flawed RPG Alpha Protocol had been pulled from Steam. The cult classic is no longer purchasable on the storefront, though it’s worth noting that players who have the game installed or even just purchased will still be able to download and play the game for the forseeable future.
The Steam page for Alpha Protocol currently states “At the request of the publisher, Alpha Protocol is no longer available for sale on Steam”, and a further statement issued to Eurogamer added that “Following the expiry of Sega’s publishing rights for Alpha Protocol, the title has been removed from Steam and is no longer on sale.” This news led many to believe that, due to Microsoft’s purchase of Obsidian, Alpha Protocol would be due for a remaster.
Those hopes might have been squashed however, as another statement to Eurogamer revealed that the reason why Alpha Protocol was pulled from Steam was due to the expiry of music rights, which is often the undoing of many a digital game. Looks like the license to Alpha Protocol still belongs to SEGA, so we’ll have to see if they do anything with it in the future. They probably won’t, but that won’t stop you all from hoping anyway. In the meantime, our own editor Jimmy has a unique solution to solve the problem of music licensing games.
The solution: @kmacleod does all video game music from now on.