The Vancouver Sun reports that Vancouver-based video game developer Radical Entertainment is to lay off around 100 employees, equating to approximately half its work force.

The cut-backs come as a decision by Activision Blizzard to half Radical Entertainment's video game output.

"Activision Blizzard is committed to making the best games possible and has elected at this time to reduce the number of titles that Radical is developing from four games to two," Leah Rubin, Radical Entertainment vice-president of human resources, said in an email. "Therefore, we will be proportionately reducing the size of our studio."

Activision Blizzard has confirmed that Radical's Prototype and Crash Bandicoot: Mind over Mutant have a place in the newly formed publisher. However, Radical's Scarface video game series appears to be out of luck, having not been named by Activision Blizzard as a series it plans to continue with.