Radical Entertainment Shutting Down?
Posted June 28, 2012 by Haziq Agha in Latest News
Some weird things are happening with Prototype developer Radical Entertainment. The company has confirmed a large amount of staff reduction via their Facebook page.
“Hi everyone. Yes, there’s some unfortunate news to share today. This morning Radical Entertainment went through a significant reduction in staff. We’re very proud of what we achieved with the PROTOTYPE franchise, but unfortunately, the Blacklight virus didn’t spread as far as it could. For PC gamers, rest assured that the PC version of PROTOTYPE 2 is still going to launch on July 24th as planned. And a special “thanks” to the PROTOTYPE Army and all our extremely loyal and passionate fans for supporting Radical Entertainment. We couldn’t have come this far without you.”
Although the developer talked about layoffs, a former senior audio designer of Prototype tweeted out “RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012″ and nothing more.
Activision’s PR managed to get in contact with GameSpot about the news, but didn’t outright say the company is closing it’s doors permanently.
“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.”
It is worth noting that Prototype 2 did manage to take the top spot in the April 2012 NPD data.