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Leaked Sega Doc Revisited: Obsidian Verifies?

Did developer Obsidian Entertainment inadvertently confirm the top-secret Sega document revealed just yesterday? That's the general consensus one day later, as Obsidian's marketing manager Matthew Rorie fired back at Sony in regards to remarks made about Alpha Protocol within the document. While Rorie could have blown off the harsh statements and denied the whole document, he decided instead to respond, and even acknowledged the Sony "gentleman" who evaluated the game in question.

"Michael Foster, product evaluator, said [Alpha Protocol] felt barely RPG," reads the Sega document. "Initial level too challenging for players. 'Mass Effect felt more RPG.' Review notes sent to John Merlino a few weeks prior. After meeting Gerald mentioned AP is a high priority for his team." Obviously, the comment doesn't shine favorably for Obsidian and the upcoming Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Games for Windows RPG, and apparently it wasn't meant to be seen by the public eye.

Naturally, Rorie defended the game, saying that without knowing how much of AP Foster actually evaluated, it's hard to judge what was meant by the comments. "Suffice to say that Alpha Protocol is going to tickle your RPG taste buds when it's released," he said. He also added that the game is 100-percent RPG, allowing players to earn experience points, level up, choose skill progression, and other RPG-themed elements. But the real news here is not the actual exchange in comments, but that Foster undeniably verified the Sega document by acknowledging the source evaluator.

Yesterday the notes revealed that Sony plans to release a PlayStation 2 emulator for the PlayStation 3 console, and load up the PlayStation Network with the previous generation's classic titles. It was also revealed that Dreamcast games are coming to Sony's network as well, and Sony will even get exclusive Dreamcast games. If the document holds true--as Obsidian's Rorie may have validated--PlayStation 3 owners will finally embrace backwards compatibility even if its in the form of a software emulator... again.