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Activision Reduces Prototype Devs To "Support" Role, Significantly Reduces Staff Levels

"RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012"

Prototype 2 was a great game, with some nice ideas.
Radical Entertainment, the developers of the Prototype games, have been reduced to a mere “support” role by publishers Activision.

“Although we made a substantial investment in the Prototype IP,” says an Activision press release, “it did not find a broad commercial audience.”

The publisher did say that Radical were a “very talented team” but despite exploring “various options” they have decided to “significantly reduce” the staff levels.

A sale of the business was considered, although wasn’t followed up.

“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.”

This, as you’d assume, will be a real kick in the teeth for the studio.

“RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012,” tweeted former Radical sound engineer Rob Bridgett.

“Hi everyone. Yes, there’s some unfortunate news to share today,” said a statement from the developers on Facebook. “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.”

TheSixthAxis really enjoyed the Prototype games, scoring the second one 8/10.

  1. bmg_123
    Since: Feb 2012

    “it did not find a broad commercial audience.” sounds an awful lot like EA’s statement that they wanted to find a “broad audience” with Dead Space 3…and that it needs to sell 5 million. Damn you, Activision!

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 22:35.
  2. rht992
    Since: Apr 2009

    Its a shame huge profits are all activision care about. Obviously its the driving force behind all business but allowing to ideas to flourish is the true sign or a great games publisher.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 22:39.
    • ico
      Since: Aug 2010

      You’ve hit the nail on the head there. Yes unfortunately the games business is a business and bosses and shareholders are generally in it to make a profit so woe betide whatever or whomever stands in the way of this but it is still sad to see a talemted team of devs laid off / reduced. I’m sure and hope they’ll find work elsewhere. Recently bought Prototype 2 but not had time to play it much but looks like just the sort of sand box fun I’ll love. If it’s a patch on Just Cause 2 I’m in for a treat.

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 22:59.
  3. yogh_wayne
    Since: Oct 2008

    So, “support role” for the next COD then. Or do Activision have any other IPs left in their portfolio?

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 23:21.
    • Forrest_01
      Since: Jun 2009

      Spiderman. That’s about it really! :S

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 09:35.
  4. Burgess_101
    Since: May 2009

    Prototype was terrible at least 2 was anyway. Im sure these guys will do just fine in whatever it is they do next though.

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 00:11.
    • Forrest_01
      Since: Jun 2009

      Whatchu talkin’ bout willus?? Prototype was far from terrible – Even the first one was pretty damn good, albeit with some rough edges.

      The second one is exceptionally good, with almost every element being refined.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 09:37.
      • Burgess_101
        Since: May 2009

        Well I got bored of both pretty quickly. Rough around the edges is kind it looked like it was a ps2 game! The concept is/was good it just wasn’t executed very well.

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 11:22.
  5. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    Should’ve made Hulk: Ultimate Destrution 2

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 00:31.
    • Sympozium
      Since: Aug 2009

      Now they’ll never get the chance ;_; RIP Hulk has a game’s franchise and 0.01% creditably to Activision. Really won’t be long till Beenox and the dev of Transformers is gone.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 00:33.
  6. Izorpo
    Since: Jun 2012

    The Simpsons Hit and Run and Road Rage were top fun. I did enjoy the first Prototype as well. I haven’t played Prototype 2 as I’m a bit leery of sequels (Left 4 Dead2, Dead Space2, Crackdown2, Final Fantasy XIII, etc)

    Activision is the artistic devoid – think about how many Rock Bands, Guitar Hero’s COD’s err “dooty” there have been. It’s as bad as Hollywood now spending lots of money on homogenized generic crap they can shovel to the masses – but then Activision isn’t alone EA, Capcom, Square- Enix shovel it as well. I’m sure there are other companies that do it too but thinking about it depresses me

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 00:35.
  7. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Hmm, they’ve had an interesting history with Activision.

    I guess this bit means it wasn’t a commercial success..?
    “Prototype 2 was released in April 2012 as Radical Entertainment’s biggest game launch ever. The game was well received, with positive reviews on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Versions, with the PC release coming at a later date in 2012.[10] The sales for Prototype 2 dominate the sales of games in April 2012, and achieved higher sales than Kinect Star Wars and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the month.”

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 00:36.
  8. Dan Lee
    Common like the rest of us.
    Since: Jun 2010

    I find it interesting that a lot of people are so quick to blame Activision. Who buys the games that shape how Activision approaches the market?

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 06:26.
    • Forrest_01
      Since: Jun 2009

      I don’t buy CoD unless its preowned or cheap if that is what you mean – Millions of others don’t follow my lead though unfortunately.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 09:39.
  9. Taylor Made
    Since: Oct 2011

    Maybe they are developing vita ops?

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 08:01.
  10. Jim Hargreaves
    Since: Nov 2009

    Another studio on CoD map packs then?

    I never really got behind Prototype (will give the second one a go at some point) but one of Radical’s earlier games, Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is a PS2 classic in my eyes. For those who haven’t played it, it’s near enough identical to Prototype minus current-gen graphics.

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 08:43.