These days, a chart-topping hit doesn't guarantee stability.
It started with Radical Entertainment's audio director, Rob Bridgett, posting an unfortunate update on his Twitter account : "RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012." Other designers have posted similar condolences.
Then came the official reply at GameSpot , where Activision has said that Radical's recent effort, Prototype 2 , didn't reach a wide enough audience and as a result, the publisher was forced to make a difficult decision.
"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 was also responsible for the well-received Scarface: The World is Yours , along with other games like The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and The Simpsons Road Rage . Prototype was the developer's first original IP and did relatively well but obviously, not quite good enough.