But is the studio closing down? According to Activision, not yet!
Vancouver-based studio Radical Entertainment has suffered massive staff reductions but owner Activision has been quick to quell rumours that the developer is closing its doors.
The Acti-owned studio, responsible for the Prototype series, has significantly cut back on staff but the remaining team will exist to help out on other projects.
Radical confirmed that this will not affect the release of Prototype 2 due to launch on PC next month but after that the company will no longer be developing its own titles.
“Although we made a substantial investment in the Prototype IP, it did not find a broad commercial audience,” said an Activision spokesperson.
“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.”
“This morning Radical Entertainment went through a significant reduction in staff,” said the developer via its Facebook page.
“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.”
GamerZines wishes all those affected by the staff cuts land on their feet and find new work soon.
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