Activision has confirmed that Radical Entertainment—the development studio behind Prototype 2, Scarface: The World Is Yours, and several Crash Bandicoot titles—has officially been closed, resulting in several layoffs.
Radical Entertainment, based in Vancouver, was home to over 190 employees, according to Game Informer, who spoke directly with Activision about the news:
“Radical is a very talented studio and has been a great partner to Activision,” a spokesperson told Game Informer. “Although we made a substantial investment in the Prototype IP, it did not find a broad commercial audience.
“Following an exploration of a wide range of options, it was determined that closing Radical Entertainment as a creative entity was the only option.”
Although the closure officially takes place today, the studio was facing a lot of dire situations in the lead-up to this week. Several games originally intended for Radical Entertainment’s development team had been canceled, including Scarface 2, Treadstone, and a new Crash Bandicoot title.
Prototype 2 launched for PS3 and Xbox 360 on April 24th, 2012, but didn’t surpass sales of the original game, stalling at less than a million copies worldwide between three consoles. This also leaves some questions about the PC release, which was scheduled for July 24th—without a development team to work on post-release content and patch work, will Activision still publish it?
Source: Game Informer