Radical Entertainment Closes Its Doors.
Some sad news on the gaming front: Developer Radical Entertainment, best known for the Prototype series, has officially closed its doors.
Rob Bridgett, formerly the Audio Designer for the Vancouver location, confirmed the studio shut down today.
When asked to comment about the studio closing, Activision had this to say:
Although we made a substantial investment in the Prototype IP, it did not find a broad commercial audience. Radical is a very talented team of developers, however, we have explored various options for the studio, including a potential sale of the business, and have made a difficult conclusion through the consultation process that the only remaining option is a significant reduction in staff. As such, some employees will remain working for Radical Entertainment supporting other existing Activision Publishing projects, but the studio will cease development of its own games going forward.
The studio’s latest game, Prototype 2, was the company’s most successful game launch to date. The reviews were mostly positive, and game sales dominated the month of April. “Good” isn’t good enough for Activision, evidently. Prototype 2 was slated to have a PC version, but the fate of that project is still undetermined.
The sudden closing brings the developer’s twenty-year history to an end. In those two decades, they created nearly forty titles. We wish the former employees all the best in their future endeavors.