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Radical Entertainment broken apart by Activision

6/29/12 3:33pm

Everything will one day come to an end, but it is quite sobering when a studio with an over 20 year legacy is finished. Radical Entertainment has been making video games since 1991 and with such classics as Mario is Missing!, Tetris Worlds, Mario’s Time Machine, The Simpsons: Hit & Run, Scarface, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, The Prototype franchise, and over 30 other games; it is a shame that they will be reduced to a handful of employees left making Call of Duty maps.

So why are they closing? Here is Activision’s official position.

“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.”

While Prototype wasn’t my favorite franchise of this generation, I never felt like they were bad games. I mean, how often do you have the opportunity to destroy a helicopter with a flying sidekick? And if you are a PC owner who was hoping to get some Prototype 2 action of your own, find solace in the fact that that version will still be released. Best of luck to all those displaced by the “significant reduction in staff.” 

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