In another studio closure, Activision has revealed today that it shut down Vancouver-based Radical Entertainment, developer of the Prototype series.
"Radical is a very talented studio and has been a great partner to Activision," a spokesperson for Acti told Game Informer
"Although we made a substantial investment in the Prototype IP, it did not find a broad commercial audience. Following an exploration of a wide range of options, it was determined that closing Radical Entertainment as a creative entity was the only option."
From here the studio's future is uncertain, though the report suggests Activision could look at putting Radical up for sale. Some members will also be absorbed into greater Activision, though what for specifically, is not clear.
We took Prototype for a spin here on AusGamers and scored the game 8.3/10
Posted 01:10pm 29/6/12
Posted 01:46pm 29/6/12
Well lets deprive them of all their jobs and destroy any potential good games that they could produce in the future.
Lol what a joke. Wide range of options? Make a new game or fire everyone?
Posted 02:01pm 29/6/12
Posted 04:06pm 29/6/12
In a business sense, getting rid of them while praising them gives them the best chance of finding new jobs, while not disadvantaging the company (and those that work in it).
Anyway, welcome to the real world. I got fired when i was 17 because our business had lost it's contact with a partner, so to downsize they kicked me out because i was casual. I didn't take it personally, you can't expect a whole company to go bust because it feels a responsibility to a few.
Posted 04:13pm 29/6/12
I enjoyed the first one, wasn't exceptional but was great for a quick blast here and there.
Posted 04:45pm 29/6/12
There's nothing been said about job losses, so my interpretation is that they've just decided the studio is now going to work on platform ports of their other games or churn out titles on the other licenses they hold (007, Marvel, transformers etc).
Realistically, it's not too dissimilar to how they're managing a bunch of their other subsidiary studios. What was the last non-licensed or non-existing franchise that Beenox, Raven, Neversoft or Treyarch worked on? Maybe one of those four will have the chance to try something new soon (or for next-gen), but what Acti seems to be saying here is that Radical wont. They'll be a platform port/licensed titles crew.
Posted 08:24pm 29/6/12
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Posted 01:27am 30/6/12