June 28, 2012

We say good bye to yet another developer, Radical Entertainment

Today brought some sad news, via Kotaku, that Prototype series creator, Radical Entertainment is no more. Sad news seeing as Prototype 2 to was launched just in April of this year. Radical Entertainment has been around since 1991 and has seen successes with as of late The Simpsons: Road Rage and Hit & Run, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Crash Tag Team Racing, Scarface: The World is yours, and the Prototype series. It’s just a weird coincidence that the other night my girlfriend’s younger brother had handed me a GameCube copy of Monsters Inc. Scream Arena, which was made by Radical. I looked at the back and saw their logo and stated “Radical, they have made some great games”. It’s truly heart breaking that we will never get a sequel to one of greatest Super Hero games of all time, Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, using a car as boxing gloves was just as fun as it sounds. Activision’s press release on the matter stated that “Although we made a substantial investment in the Prototype IP, it did not find a broad commercial audience…….. 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.” What it sounds like is, the Prototype series didn’t sell Call of Duty type numbers so were going to fire almost everyone and have then work on Call of Duty related things. I would not be surprised if in the next year or so the Radical name popped up on the back of a Call of Duty box. As of last year’s Modern Warfare 3, the back covers of Call of Duty boxes are becoming milk cartons for lost Activision developers. Prototype 2 was well received by critics and topped the NPD sales chart for April and came in 4th the following month to the juggernauts of Diablo 3 and Max Payne 3; apparently those numbers are imaginary and mean diddle. I picked the game up in May and had a blast with it and Prototype 2 did what only a handful of sequels do, outshine their predecessors. It’s a sad day when any developer has to shut their doors for good, it hurts when it’s one you have found memories of enjoying their games, Radical Entertainment 1991-2012.

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