“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.