Activision Winnows Prototype Dev Radical Entertainment
Yesterday, audio designer Rob Bridgett Tweeted, “RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012,” referring to the Activision-owned studio responsible for developing the Prototype series for the publisher. While that message would seem to signify that the studio is shut down, Activision issued a slightly more detailed statement to Kotaku when reached for comment. Apparently, much of the staff has been let go, while a small number are being kept on in a “supporting” role for other Activision projects.
“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.”
Radical Entertainment is but the latest casualty in a seemingly never-ending round of closures and layoffs occurring throughout the video game industry. Our condolences to anyone who’s lost a job through the layoffs.