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Submitted by moegooner88 978d ago | news

Activision closes Prototype studio

Radical Entertainment, the Activision owned studio behind Prototype, The Simpsons Hit & Run and Scarface: The World Is Yours, has been closed. (Activision, Industry, Radical Entertainment)

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NYC_Gamer  +   978d ago
Radical was bound to close after the failure of both Prototype games
moegooner88  +   978d ago
Really upset about this, loved Prototype 2, and The Simpsons hit and run was a blast
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user5467007  +   978d ago
Simpsons Hit and Run was great but as soon as Activision took charge of Radical they went down hill.

I really think people are forgetting that Radical were only good before Activision aquired them.
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egidem  +   978d ago
It's too bad because the Prototype IP was a good one, having had played and enjoyed both games. It's all about the money when it comes to Activision, nothing else; and there's currently one cow that generates most of it: Call of Duty. If they know they can double CoD $ales next year and they had to kill off a few cool promising IPs to get there, they'll do it.

It just sucks!! Hopefully the prototype IP will come again in the future?
omi25p  +   978d ago
so do activision only have Treyarch and sledgehammer as developers now?
zeal0us  +   978d ago
Activision kills yet another studio. Sometimes I wonder why don't they sell studio or IP rights. At least that way they could get some money rather than no money.
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badz149  +   978d ago
Prototype vs InFAMOUS
both Radical and Sucker Punch improved both games a lot in their 2nd iterations.

Sucker Punched acquired by Sony while Radical is now closed! it's really clear now who's really thinking about GAMES and GAMERS and who only cares about MONEY 1st gamers 10th! (2nd - 9th are also money btw!)

good job there Activision! /s
sikbeta  +   978d ago
Was a matter of time, Acti being Acti, game doesn't do well and they kill the studio...
lastdual  +   978d ago
It's not like Activision didn't try to make the Prototype games succeed. They marketed the heck out of them both. The simple fact is that despite the marketing push, not enough gamers cared.

Usually people complain when a publisher sends a game out to fail without spending anything to market it. This definitely wasn't one of those cases.
pixelsword  +   978d ago
I haven't played either one; do you need to play the first one for the 2nd one to make sense?
BlackTar187  +   977d ago
last duel,

I never saw any marketing for Prototype 2 anywhere. They must have marketed it around my viewing channels
lastdual  +   977d ago
@BlackTar187

There were ads on most major gaming sites, along with video ads on sites such as GameTrailers and IGN (mostly "preoder at GameStop" ads).

Prototype 2 definitely had a decent advertising budget, so I don't think we can blame Activision for not getting behind it.
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HebrewHammer  +   978d ago
Lot's of talent at Radical. Let's hope they all recover, and quickly.
DiRtY  +   978d ago
They are in Vancouver...

http://www.mgsvancouver.com...

lot of talent on the market...
HebrewHammer  +   978d ago
Maybe they can relocate easily to Rockstar Vancouver!
Arcanine  +   978d ago
STAY AWAY FROM MY MAN!! i know who YOU ARE!
user5467007  +   978d ago
Totaly agree...

Prototype was a crap franchise...sorry to be blunt but it was nothing "amazing" was it. I mean the second one didn't really feel like a sequel...more of an expansion.

If the games don't sell then why keep a studio around
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egidem  +   978d ago
Lots of others beg to differ. I for one enjoyed both games. Hopefully it won't be the last we hear of the franchise.
Trebius51  +   978d ago
I never liked the prototype series...only cause there are so many other sandbox games that are superior. Prototype is worth a playthrough, especially if you only own a 360. But it really doesnt bring anything extraordinary to the genre. I hope the talent in the studio is able to create new projects in the future.
Louis_Guzman  +   978d ago
@egidem: Obviously not enough to matter. Prototype series was crap and here's the result. Good riddance.
ABizzel1  +   977d ago
@Mike

I have to disagree with you. Prototype was a good franchise, it just couldn't compare to the waves of games releasing every year. IMO Prototype is comparable to a good movie game. They're enjoyable and worth the playthrough, but no one wants to pay $60 for it.

It's sad, but in Activision's eyes if you're not selling 5 million+ you're dead weight. The first Prototype sold over 2 million copies, and the second is on it's way to 1 million, so obviously people like the franchise.
jerethdagryphon  +   978d ago
its hard but not everygame can sell millions

especially niche type genres

its a shame really
ATi_Elite  +   978d ago
Activision closes Prototype studio
You know what this means......

Radical gets to make Call of Duty games now!!!
NonApplicable  +   977d ago
I don't think you understand the meaning of CLOSE DOWN.
MariaHelFutura  +   978d ago
Not mentioning the Hulk:UD is downright disrespectful. It was the first superhero game done right and led the evolution into the superhero games of today.
8bit_Nes_Rambo  +   978d ago
Yeah, try Nes Batman or Marvel vs Capcom.
LightofDarkness  +   977d ago
Seriously, no. Spiderman 2 came out the year before that, largely regarded as the best Superhero game of that generation. Not to mention MvsC, Freedom Force and TMNT (arcade).

They made a good game, which was in the upper echelons of superhero games, then made that game 2 more times with out the license (Prototype). Before that, their track record was nothing to write home about. Honestly, much better studios have gone under (Clover) to considerably less fanfare and coverage.

That said, it's always terrible when people lose their jobs, so if that's the outcome of all this, my sympathies go out to everyone.
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Hudahudahuda  +   977d ago
lol now since when is superhero games a genre?

No, they are either fighting, or adventure games with characters that happen to be superheroes.
MEsoJD  +   978d ago
The prototype games were horrible. Only fun for 20 minutes. Cant say I was surprised, though Simpsons Hit and Run wasn't that bad.
Brownghost  +   978d ago
i loved prototype
Darth_Bane79  +   978d ago
I think they brought this upon themselves. Making a sequel to that game after the first one selling so poorly, and having such a bad reputation, was a huge mistake. And from the results we can see that no matter how much money Activision poured on marketing for this game, it's bad reputation preceded it. Maybe they should have worked on something better with a new name, that could have saved them from this sad outcome.
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PtRoLLFacE  +   977d ago
omg bungie my prayers are with you!
Drabent  +   977d ago
Wth P2 rocked!!!
titans9999  +   973d ago
ummm, selling 2 million copies of each is hardly "failure."
JaredH  +   978d ago | Well said
I guess if Activision owns you you're either shutting down or making Call of Duty...
NYC_Gamer  +   978d ago
Can you really blame Activision though?why should they keep funding a studio that can't produce ground breaking software that move units....
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narked  +   978d ago
Why not market it better then? If you compare prototype to other games it was too silent of a release.
SilentNegotiator  +   978d ago
@narked

I don't know about that; here in the US, I saw an ad pretty every day for a week from a little before and after launch of Prototype 2.
torchic  +   978d ago
@narked

are you serious? that game was marketed well, with the Johnny Cash live action ads coming on TV all the time.

I've seen worse advertising for AAA Sony exclusives trust me.
MariaHelFutura  +   978d ago
Radical created the first well done properly finished superhero game in the Hulk:UD. Show some respect.
narked  +   977d ago
@SilentNegotiator & @torchic

can't say the same thing about Europe then I'm afraid. I seen some ads on the internet (although only a couple), but on british and italian tv not that much.
madjedi  +   977d ago
@nyc gamer ground breaking software and activison shouldn't be in the same sentence ever, if you think otherwise i pity you.

Did prototype 1 and 2 do enough in sales to cover their development and marketing budget, if it did why close the studio.

This isn't tiny atlus or nis as a publisher it's fucking 20-25 million+ copies of cod sold every year and 6 million copies of diablo 3 sold recently. If anyone can take a hit with a bad game it's certainly activison. Still sounds like simple greed to me.

And yet people consider ea to be the worst company in gaming, go figure.
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SilentNegotiator  +   977d ago
@maria

Hulk:UD was pretty good, but had some balance issues. I remember (I don't remember the difficulty levels, but I played normal, for sure, if that was how it worked) parts of the game towards the end where I'd be getting smacked left and right by robots without opportunity to do anything.

Besides some balance issues, it was a solid game.
MoveTheGlow  +   978d ago
Or making Skylanders. Don't forget that money tree they've got growing in their backyard, it's pretty important!
Intentions  +   978d ago
Ohhh what? :(
Kran  +   978d ago
The Simpsons: Hit and Run

<3

Best.

Simpsons.

Game.

Ever.

Period.
310dodo  +   978d ago
Funny how Activision use to say EA milked franchises and killed creativity.

really...?

anyways Simpsons Hit N Run was awesome!!
Prototype/2 was a 7 ratings game at best.
the new character turned everyone I know who loved part 1 off.
StrawberryDiesel420  +   978d ago
I thought Prototype 2 was pretty damn good actually, much more polished than the first. At least they did their best to improve the sequel.
Rubberlegs  +   978d ago
I found it to be better then the first game as well. More overall polish to the graphics and the city design. I wasn't expecting some completely new game but everything about it felt better over the original.
Brownghost  +   978d ago
same here, a nice new coat of paint with the same addicting gameplay
neogeo  +   978d ago
Prototype1 felt like a game made by walmart. cheap crap. All the cars were yellow cabs. It was a waist of 15 mins of my life I will never get back.
antz1104  +   978d ago
So you played it for 15 min? Your loss, good game and the sequel was even better if you enjoyed the first.

Not getting all the "crap franchise that didn't sell" comments above. Everyone I know that played it loved it and recommended it to all my friends.
Darth_Bane79  +   978d ago
I played it for like an hour or so and it sucked so bad that I could not bear playing it anymore. I'm not gonna waste more of my time playing a game that utterly fails to engage me. So to me I definitely didn't lose anything, but instead gained when switched to a game I actually enjoyed (Infamous) instead of forcing myself into playing that Prototype junk
jb1276  +   978d ago
might have to rethink purchasing Prototype 2 for PC - sounds like there will be little support for it once released :(
Half-Mafia  +   978d ago
Just wait till xmas and it will probably be £5 on Steam. I got Prototype 1 last December for £3.74.
ChunkyLover53  +   978d ago
You have to be totally ignorant to trash talk this developer or say it doesn't matter. Look around gamers, its another studio that is closing down. Say what you will about Prototype 1 and 2, but they were pretty solid games and they were pretty original.

THIS is why bigger companies aren't pushing new IP's or taking very many risks, at some point those risks are going to either pay off or kill you. In this case it killed the studio.
StrawberryDiesel420  +   978d ago
I know, people are very ignorant. They wonder why they get an annual COD though and will continue to do so...
masa2009  +   978d ago
They did competitive open world games, until open world mission design and/or production values started to evolve.

Their games were still too much "go there kill that", and unlike Infamous (which is just as mind numbingly repetitive), they didn't manage to build any proper mythology or sense of style around it to make people look past these design shortcomings.

So long...
TheCagyDies  +   978d ago
Goodbye Radical Entertainment, it was fun.
PirateThom  +   978d ago
Rocksteady's community manager:

Sarah Wellock ‏@rikkusarah
Anyone at Radical who wants to come to the Uk and work at Rocksteady Studios holler at me!We would love to have you:D
MariaHelFutura  +   978d ago
Exactly. They are (Radical) the true pioneers of the superhero game. Rocksteady recognizes this, I wish more people around here would. Oh well, I come here expecting to be disappointed most of the time.
titans9999  +   978d ago
I would love to...leave me a message with more details
GuyManDude  +   977d ago
Awesome for two reasons.

1) People getting new jobs.

2) People living in Canada get to move to the UK instead of potentially having to settle for the US (I'm American btw).

Way to go Rocksteady!
Myst-Vearn  +   978d ago
I hate it when game studios close ;(

people just lost their jobs and we lost a franchise
Cajun Chicken  +   978d ago
WHAT?!? WHY? That's one of the best developers that Acti have aside from CoD studios!
ginsunuva  +   978d ago
That's exactly the reason. Now what's left of Radical will be forced to labor on CoD dlc packs forever with all the others! Mwhahahahhaha
kevnb  +   978d ago
I think this says alot about the state of console gaming. The media can say and act however they want, but studios are dropping like flies. Digital distribution and free to play is where things have to go, consoles can't just drag their feet.
also, hate to say it but prototype had almost every aspect of what is ruining console gaming. Too many stupid cutscenes, slaps the player in the face with a stupid story, mind numbing combat so broken that they just make it it so easy you can't lose, and open world just for the sake of being open world.
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Rampaged Death  +   978d ago
It's a shame. I'm probably in the minority here that really liked Prototype 2. I hope things work out for them.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   978d ago
And yet another studio chopped by Activision...SMH, is that how its gonna work, shut down studios until they're down to SledgeHammer, Treyarch and Infinity Ward...
Jazz4108  +   978d ago
Ms should pick them up as I think there games would fit well in there family of studios. Ms has 20 studios now but only few of them cater to the core and I think they should get rid of a few studios and bring in free radical for the next xbox. Its nt like they can't afford it. Help the community ms and gain a established dev team on the xbox.
Statix  +   977d ago
Yeah, they should save Radical Entertainment like how they saved Rare.
Gamer-Z  +   978d ago
"some employees will remain working for Radical Entertainment supporting other existing Activision Publishing projects"

By other projects they mean Call of Duty no doubt.
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covkidcookie  +   978d ago
Damn i enjoyed prototype 2...and the simpsons hit n run was like my childhood game
R_aVe_N  +   978d ago
I really didn't care for either of the prototype games but it is sad that the studio is closing. It just shows you how the game industry really is. It is either do or die when it comes to games.
HurstDarkStar  +   978d ago
im not to sure why people are trying to say prototype was a great game....did you see that ending? shit was real lame.
titans9999  +   978d ago
Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn! I love both Prototype games....now I lose this franchise along with Socom, and the Mercenaries series....I pray some company makes Prototype 3 some day...now I will be buying all the DLC for both games!!!!!
SuperBeast811  +   977d ago
the wont make it unless its called CoD:Prototype Warfare 3 sadly.......I hate this gen sometimes It took years to get a new SSX and I wont ever get a Bloodrayne 3 Prince of Persia lost its way no new jak and daxter and Zelda I have to wave my hands like an idiot....this gen sucks!
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titans9999  +   973d ago
it is sad to see these companies go....i loved the Mercenaries series (even though many didnt) i never would have thought the Prototype series would die....damn it....but, i wouldnt say this gen is dying, just too many developers not supporting their games lately....thank god for Bethesda...and others....
jjb1981  +   978d ago
scarface was the only good game that they made... what a shame...
ShaunCameron  +   978d ago
SMH.
yaz288  +   978d ago
I can't FUCKING Belive no one mentioned THE HULK ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION!!! that was there BEST game ..
JasonX43  +   978d ago
Think I may have to bring that out of retirement in honor of them...
SuperBeast811  +   978d ago
GOD DAMN IT!! I want prototype 3!
Neko_Mega  +   978d ago
Prototype was a good game idea, but the first one could have been done better and I don't know anything about the 2nd one. Well besides alot of my friends on PS3/360 didn't pick it up.

It looked good but with some many huge titles out their, its hard for one to stay alive.
Raoh  +   978d ago
Cole MacGrath laughs
StrawberryDiesel420  +   978d ago
I think Activision did this purposely actually, they need as many people as they can working on COD to accomplish what a team of around 60 people did with COD4(give or take ten people). Soon they will have 1,000 people working on COD and that's no BS.
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