Published on June 28th, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey
Prototype Developer Shuts Down
Well crap. I always feel bad when I hear news of a game developer shutting down. Today, those feelings are for Vancouver-based Radical Entertainment, developers of the Prototype series, which today has shut its doors.
Rumors of the closure started popping up with a few Twitter posts, but at the time nothing was confirmed.
Audio designer Rob Bridgett, however, made it official with his Twitter post: “RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012”
Founded in 1991, Radical has developed games such as The Simpsons Hit & Run (2003), The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005), Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006), and one of my personal favorites from my youth, the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive) version of Beavis and Butt-head (1993), though that game shouldn’t be held at the pinnacle of the company’s achievements.
Radical’s parent company Activision told Kotaku that the reason behind the closure is the lack of sufficient revenue from the Prototype franchise: “Although we made a substantial investment in the Prototype IP, it did not find a broad commercial audience.”
The statement concludes saying that some employees will be shifted to other Activision projects.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the closure of Radical Entertainment.