It is a sad day when an old stalwart of the video game industry is forced to shut down. Radical Entertainment, the developers of Prototype and Hulk: Ultimate Destruction among other well known titles has been forced to draw its shutters and pack up, leading to a reduction in most of the staff. While I personally was not a big fan of its games, it is still a huge blow in that several talented people have lost their jobs and a company that has been around for almost as long as I have been around on this planet is no longer a part of it.
RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012
— Rob Bridgett (@rbridgett) June 28, 2012
The city of Vancouver is now devoid of one of the biggest names in the industry. On the flipside, this also means that there are a bunch of people with the skills to make great games. But will they get jobs and the like? We will never know, would we?
The official response from Activision, Radical Entertainment’s parent company is given below:-
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.