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Activision Shuts Down Prototype Dev Studio

And another one bites the dust. Activision has shut down development studio Radical Entertainment, best known for its Prototype games. Here's an explanation from the publisher (via Kotaku):

"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."

The folks at Radical have posted their own report on the situation on their official Facebook page, saying: "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."

Sure, Prototype 2 PC is still on track, but all those people will be out of work now, so bugger it all...

Read our review of Prototype and Prototype 2.



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Terminator Jun 29 2012, 03:57 am EDT
Damn, more people out of work. I hope they find jobs.
flounder Jun 29 2012, 06:50 am EDT
Pretty common. Once the game is out the door, all these guys that spent 14 hour days making it a reality now become a liability. Yay capitalism!
  Cheddar: It's common for mediocre studios with middling produc…
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Juxtapose: ^This. The entertainment industry is all high risk a…
Terminator: This is why I would NEVER become a game developer. Un…
Alchi: Actually it's been repeatedly proved, that financial …
KraGeRzR Jun 29 2012, 07:18 am EDT
It's not what you believe that matters, it's what you do.

Capitalism is just as flawed as every other system, though it's slightly less flawed given the chance than others.

At least they had a job before this. That's capitalism.
  gray fox: everyone blames the ideas, not the people. It's man k…
im_stardust Jun 30 2012, 12:44 am EDT
Who the hell gave them the budget to make this trash in the first place.
ZeroWolf Jun 30 2012, 10:55 pm EDT
Radical's games aren't bad which begs the question how does a developer like Rebellion which keeps churning out shitty games are still in business??
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