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4:30 PM on 12.22.2012

Remembering studios that closed in 2012

This year was great in general for videogames. Beyond the predictable success of games like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, there were a ton of hits that came out of nowhere, including not just big publisher titles, bu...

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11:00 AM on 07.24.2012

Prototype 2 finally hits PC

The PC version of Prototype 2 has finally graced computer players with its presence, after launching for Xbox 360 and PS3 back in April. All boxed copies and pre-ordered digital copies will include access to the game's RADNET...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 06.29.2012

Radical responds to closure, Prototype 2 PC still coming

Radical Entertainment has responded to news of its shutdown via the studio's official Facebook page. It has thanked fans for their support following the unfortunate situation, and has also promised that the PC version of Prot...

Jim Sterling



Radical Entertainment reportedly shut down (Update) photo
Radical Entertainment reportedly shut down (Update)
by Jim Sterling

[Update: According to Tweets from Game Informer's Jim Reilly, Activision is trying to keep the Radical team together, but the studio looks like it's busted. Prototype was not considered commercially successful, and the publisher may sell the developer to make up for it. I'm sure this'll be the first of many "ugh" updates, or "ughdates" as they should be known.

Update 2: Here is Activision's full official statement:

"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."]

Radical Entertainment, known in recently years as the studio behind the Prototype series, has apparently closed its doors as of today.

Reports have been coming in around the Internet, corroborated by a Tweet from audio engineer Rob Bridget reading, "RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012."

Activision community manager Dan Amrich has said that he is currently looking into the story, and will update the public as soon as he knows more. 

If things are as they appear, that's another solid mid-card developer biting the dust. Which is just crap. 

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Review: Prototype 2  photo
Review: Prototype 2
by Jim Sterling

Last generation, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy and Second Sight had the ill luck to release at the same time, despite sharing an otherwise unique concept. Games involving psychic powers and telekinesis were few and far between last generation, yet a pair of them came out at once, and it was relatively tragic for both. 

Prototype and inFAMOUS were similarly star-crossed this generation. A pair of dark open-world games involving super-powered protagonists in a ruined city were fated to draw comparisons, and while common consensus declared inFAMOUS the winner, I always gunned for Radical Entertainment's shapeshifting, cannibalistic romp. 

Nonetheless, both games were able to avoid the fates of their psychic predecessors, both performing well enough to earn sequels. For that, I am most gladdened.

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1:30 PM on 04.16.2012

Prototype 2 shows the power of revenge (and Johnny Cash)

Prototype 2 is almost upon us, and it needed just one more thing to complete the pre-launch hype -- an "emotional" trailer with suitably melancholy music. It's an old trick, but I still find it effective, so this live-action video featuring Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" is okay by me.  The game launches on April 24 for Xbox 360 and PS3, and I'm very much looking forward to it.

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 03.15.2012

Activision opens Prototype 2 merchandise store

As much as I loved Prototype, I had no idea it did well enough to get a sequel. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. Now, I find out it's a big enough deal to get its own clothing line? Was I asleep when that happene...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 02.24.2012

Prototype 2's Supersoldiers sound delightful

Making a supersoldier is tricky, just look at all the failed attempts to make another Captain America. In Prototype 2, Sgt. James Heller will be facing a whole army of them, so color me impressed. Using a new strain of the Bl...

Fraser Brown

4:30 PM on 02.15.2012

Prototype 2 Collector's Edition announced in new trailer

With news that should surprise no one, Activision has announced today that Prototype 2 will be getting a collector's edition called the Blackwatch Collector's Edition. $79.99 will net you a pretty good amount of extra conten...

Brett Zeidler

8:00 AM on 01.31.2012

Early Prototype 2 buyers to get 'Radnet Edition' upgrade

Activision is one of the few big publishers to shy away from putting online passes in its games, but with Prototype 2, it would seem the company is definitely looking to maximize brand new purchases. Early adopters of the ga...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 01.11.2012

Prototype 2: Better side missions, expanded gameplay

If gamers had one lasting complaint about Prototype, it's that the gameplay could get pretty repetitive. Side missions were particularly galling, featuring drab time trial exercises that felt like petty wastes of time. While ...

Jim Sterling





9:20 AM on 01.11.2012

Prototype 2: A more engaging, funnier protagonist

Destructoid has been chatting to Radical design directer Matt Armstrong about the studio's upcoming sequel, Prototype 2. I'm a fan of the original, but fully admit it had some flaws, and I wanted to see what improvements were...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 02.11.2010

Rumor: Prototype, Guitar Hero developers hit with layoffs

It's possible that two Activision-tied studios, Radical Entertainment and Neversoft, have been serving pink slips to their employees.According to Kotaku sources, Radical, developer of last year's open-world action game Protot...

Brad Nicholson

11:45 PM on 06.30.2009

Game Debate to the Death! Prototype VS inFamous

Last week's debate was the last odd game debate in our almost year long journey! It also ended with one of the best "odd debate" matchups of the entire series, with a legendary multiplayer game with virtually no sto...

Tom Fronczak

11:00 AM on 05.05.2009

Prototype boss says open-world games are hard to make

Radical dev boss Tim Bennison has been telling VG247 about the perils of creating an open-world game like Prototype, stating that sandbox titles will always be a tough prospect, and just get tougher to make the closer they ge...

Jim Sterling

10:20 AM on 04.23.2009

Original Prototype vision was 'too huge' boasts Radical

As you may remember, Radical's upcoming shape-shifter Prototype was due to be released last year before getting slapped with a delay. According to Radical, however, the extra time has been important, as it's helped the team l...

Jim Sterling