Radical Entertainment, the developer behind the Prototype series, has taken a huge reduction in staff today.
"This morning Radical Entertainment went through a significant reduction in staff." the company said on the Facebook Page. "We're very proud of what we achieved with the PROTOTYPE franchise, but unfortunately, the Blacklight virus didn't spread as far as it could."
When contacted, Activision released this statement in response:
"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."
The developer was founded in 1991 and made iconic games such as Terminator and Mario's Time Machine. In 2005, Vivendi Universal Games acquired Radical Entertainment and developed The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction under the Sierra Entertainment label. In 2008, the Vivendi merged with Activision and the Prototype series was published under the label.
Radical Entertainment is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.