Today has seen rumours followed by an official statement released on some bad news for Prototype developer, Radical Entertainment.
Vancouver-based dev, Radical Entertainment, have worked on 2012’s Prototype 2 and its prequel with Activision, as well as older titles such as The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and The Simpsons Hit & Run, pre-Activision.
Radical’s latest game, Prototype 2, received a pretty average reception and it seems this wasn’t good enough for publisher, Activision, who are now heavily downsizing the developer and seeing a cease in production of any games from them. Here’s Activision’s official statement on the matter:
[quote]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.[/quote]
It’s always sad to see a developer shut down – especially one who clearly have a lot of talent – but huge publishers like Activision can be pretty demanding in terms of sales (no matter how much wealth they’re already sat on) and that’s, sadly, just how things go down sometimes.