Prototype Dev Radical Entertainment Closed Down
Written Thursday, June 28, 2012 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Radical Entertainment, the studio behind the Prototype series has been shut down by Activision, with the developer's Former Audio Designer Rob Bridgett declaring "RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012" on Twitter earlier this evening.
The studio will now apparently serve a support role at Activision while the company decides what to do with the Prototype dev and wholly owned Acti subsidiary. Prototype 2's poor sales performance is supposedly to blame for Acti's decision to shut down Radical, despite the game topping NPD sales charts in April when it launched.
Prototype 2 managed to limp to only 250,000 sales since its release, despite generally strong reviews, including our own verdict. Activision issued the following statement to Kotaku, explaining the decision to close Radical Entertainment down:
"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," the statement reads.
"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."
[Via Shack News]