Prototype 2 screenshot
Prototype 2 screenshot

Radical Entertainment, the Canadian studio behind Prototype and Scarface: The World Is Yours, has closed.

The news was confirmed by various industry figures on Twitter, including the studio's audio designer Rob Bridgett, who tweeted: "RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012".

According to Activision, a skeleton team will remain at Radical to support the publisher's "existing projects". However, the team will "cease development" of its own titles.

Up to 90 people are reported to have been laid off.

In a statement provided to Kotaku, Activision said:

"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 was formed in 1991 and acquired by Vivendi Games in 2005. The studio became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision following the firm's merger with Vivendi in 2007.

The company developed numerous open world hits, including popular PS2 title The Simpsons: Hit & Run, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Scarface: The World Is Yours and the Prototype series.

According to NPD data, the studio's most recent game, Prototype 2, was the highest-selling game of April 2012.

The studio was also reported to have been developing a sequel to Scarface, a new Crash Bandicoot title and a game based on Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. All three were rumoured to have been cancelled by Activision.

Activision has closed a string of development studios in recent years.

In 2010, the publisher shut down five of its studios, including Blur developer Bizarre Creations, True Crime developer Luxoflux and Guitar Hero co-dev Budcat. Then, in 2011, it closed DJ/Guitar Hero support dev 7 Studios.

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thedanyrand

I would say Im surprised but I still get Prototype and Infamous mixed up so that doesnt speak well to it being a stand out game.
Posted 22:26 on 29 June 2012
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VG_Dave@ rbevanx

If the tax breaks had come in 12 months sooner, I have a feeling Bizarre might have still been here today.
Posted 20:08 on 29 June 2012
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rbevanx

Activision shutting down a studio no longer surprises me after they pulled the plug on Bizzare Creations.

Still think that was a poor decision by them.
Posted 16:50 on 29 June 2012
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squidman

Yeah, current market conditions pretty much guaranteed that Prototype 2 was always going to have a tough time of it.
Posted 16:49 on 29 June 2012
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dudester

I do remember some story that they needed sell a silly amount of prototype 2 was just never going to happen.
Posted 16:43 on 29 June 2012
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VG_Dave

There were reports suggesting that Radical wanted to sell 4 million copies of Prototype 2. I think it fell short of that by quite some distance...
Posted 16:41 on 29 June 2012
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reynoldio@ pblive

and they'll be very happy with that.
Posted 15:52 on 29 June 2012
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Clockpunk

I can't honestly say I'm surprised... I'm curious how many copies it did sell in the end, or whther the team is a victim of not meeting those ubiquitous minimum metacritic scores so desired by publishers these days...
Posted 13:15 on 29 June 2012
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Wido

Now this is a shocker! I urge everyone to pick up Prototype 2! Not had so much fun in a sandbox game in a long, long while. 1000/1000 as well, it was the only game that I decided I wanted to make sure I got 100% because how fun it was!
Posted 10:34 on 29 June 2012
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pblive

All they'll be left with soon is COD and Skylanders.
Posted 07:53 on 29 June 2012

Game Stats

Release Date: 24/04/2012
Developer: Radical Entertainment
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 6,414 146
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