In a shocking turn of events it appears that Radical Entertainment, the studio behind games like Prototype and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, might be no more. Kotaku started receiving tips from various studios on the closure, and eventually called Radical’s office to no avail.
The news continued to be circulated throughout Twitter, with examples such as this and this. Eventually, there was confirmation from former audio designer for Radical Rob Bridgett on the closure. He tweeted this short, but poignant message.
RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012
The news comes as a shock because there didn’t appear to be any obvious signs that the Vancouver-based studio was in trouble. Their most recent release was Prototype 2, which received fairly positive reviews and sold almost a million copies according to VGChartz. A very sad day for the gaming industry as we lose yet another talented studio.
Update: Radical’s parent company Activision has released the following statement on the matter. They say that it’s not a complete shutdown, but that lots of people have been laid off:
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.