[Update] Activision’s Radical Entertainment Shut Down

[Update 1] Game Informer is reporting that Activision has not entirely shut down Radical Entertainment but does have it running at a “much smaller capacity” while they consider the studio’s future, including a possible sale of the business. Low sales of the Prototype IP are said to be the cause of the studio’s demise.

[Update 2] Activision has released the following statement concerning Radical Entertainment:

“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.”

Original article below.

Activision has yet to make a formal announcement, but it has been confirmed that Vancouver-based Radical Entertainment, the studio behind the Prototype series, has officially been shut down today.

Word of the 21-year-old studio’s grim fate started to circulate first from various game developers and was confirmed today by Radical Entertainment’s audio designer, Rob Bridgett, who Tweeted “RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012″.

Most recently known for Prototype and Prototype 2, Radical Entertainment also worked on several popular video games including; Scarface: The World is Yours (2006), The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005), The Simpsons Road Rage (2001), and Mario is Missing! (1993).

As soon as Activision makes an official announcement on Radical’s status we will let you know.

Source: Kotaku, Gamasutra