Radical Entertainment, the studio responsible for Prototype and its recent sequel, will no longer develop its own games.
Radical was acquired by Vivendi Games in the early 2000s. When Vivendi merged with Activision, Radical become property of the publishing giant. Activision is responsible for the studio’s closure.
The news was originally picked up by Kotaku as the now former Audio Designer for Radical Entertainment, Rob Bridgett, Tweeted this:
RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012
Here’s what Activision said to Kotaku regarding the studio closure:
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.
In this writer’s opinion, Radical Entertainment produced one game in particular that was better than the rest of their strong efforts: The Simpsons: Hit & Run. It sounds crazy, but that game was an exceptional use of the Simpsons license and a well executed driving/running romp.