View Full Version : Another studio possibly shutdown

06-28-2012, 07:42 PM
Well, rumors are flying around the internet that another video game studio has been shuttered.

The latest victim appears to be Radical Entertainment who made the Crash Bandicoot and Prototype games (among others). I'm really surprised to hear this, as I thought Prototype 2 did rather well, and was pretty well received by most everyone who played it.

Hopefully, this turns out to be nothing but misinformation, but my gut says it's not.

Radical Entertainment, the twenty-year-old game studio behind games like Prototype and Scarface, has shut its doors.

Audio designer Rob Bridgett, formerly of the Vancouver-based studio, confirmed the news on Twitter today.

In addition to the Prototype series, Radical also worked on games like goofy open-world title The Simpsons Hit & Run and the old educational title Mario is Missing!. Radical was a subsidiary of major publisher Activision Entertainment.

Earlier, sources from various game studios contacted Kotaku to inform us of the news. We also saw chatter on Twitter suggesting that Radical had indeed been shut down.

Source (http://kotaku.com/5922129/report-prototype-creators-shutting-down?utm_campaign=socialflow_kotaku_twitter&utm_source=kotaku_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow)

06-28-2012, 07:53 PM
Khotaku just updated the article:

Update: When reached for comment, Radical parent company Activision sent Kotaku the following statement:

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.

Damn, damn, damn. :(

And, Radical Entertainment just posted this via Facebook:

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.

Source (https://www.facebook.com/radical.ent/posts/438711646150630)

06-28-2012, 07:58 PM
Another decent company gone down the toilet, soon there aren't going to be many developers left in the world. We're going to be stuck with CoD and Battlefield titles being tossed our way constantly...

O_O Oh god no!!!

This is really bad news for the industry, twenty years in business too, not long enough really.

06-28-2012, 08:01 PM
Knowing Activision they'll probably get them working on Call of Duty.

06-28-2012, 08:19 PM
Fuckin activision...

06-29-2012, 02:04 AM
They just didn't do it.

06-29-2012, 03:05 AM
This sucks. This has been happening alot lately.

So the remaining people will work on COD? I imagine thats what they meant by other existing Activision projects.

06-29-2012, 03:22 AM
This sucks. This has been happening alot lately.

So the remaining people will work on COD? I imagine thats what they meant by other existing Activision projects.

I don't know why people are saying that. Activision has enough people working on CoD stuff. I can see them working on other titles as support. From what I am hearing the development team are the ones that got let go.

Felonious Monk
06-29-2012, 04:41 AM
This same garbage happened to Bizarre Creations. Successful final title, but not successful enough according to the metrics set by the publisher.

Don't get into bed with the Big 3, people. We need to give more small-to-medium sized publishers some firepower.

06-29-2012, 01:40 PM
Sad to hear another company got shut down by Activision. :/ I hope all of the people are able to find jobs somewhere, it's really unfortunate! :(