Activision announced Radical Entertainment, Canadian studio behind Prototype and Scarface: The World Is Yours, has been closed.

The news was confirmed by various industry figures on Twitter, including the studio’s ex-Audio Designer Rob Bridgett, who tweeted: “RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012”.

Then later, in a statement provided to Kotaku, Activision said:

“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 based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was founded in 1991 and previously developed games for game publishers such as THQ, Microsoft and Fox Interactive. The company is best known for developing Scarface: The World Is Yours, with a large fan source coming from Crash: Mind over Mutant, but the largest fan source coming from their first original title Prototype.

According to NPD data, the studio’s most recent game, Prototype 2, was the highest-selling game of April 2012

The studio was also reported to have been developing a sequel to Scarface, a new Crash Bandicoot title and a game based on Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity, of which all three were rumoured to have been cancelled by Activision.

Our best wishes to all Radical Entertainment’s staff.


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