Prototype sales justified sequel - Activision

Activision subsidiary Radical Entertainment revealed that Prototype 2 is in development this weekend, and the studio has now promised to deliver "an even bigger and better experience" than the original.

Shape-shifting open-world action game Prototype launched in 2009, and Radical studio head Ken Rosman believes its sales justified a sequel.

"When Prototype surpassed two million units we knew gamers would want a sequel to find out what happens next with Alex Mercer.

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Convas2867d ago

Well that's all good and stuff, but let's hope the reviews it got justify a better sequel. You have the opportunity to make it greater than the first, so DO SO.

But then again, who am I kidding, this is Activision we're talking about.

Ducky2867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

They publish games. They don't develop them.

I wonder if we'll still play as the rampaging flying squirrel...

velocitygamer2867d ago

I really hope they put a lot of variety in the game. The game got really repetitive after the first half of the game. It will be interesting though if you switch roles in the game here and then. Like at one point, you play as the sergeant, and then you play as Alex Mercer.

darthv722867d ago

i did not play the first but from the are a different person. Are you going after the one that was in the first?

captain-obvious2867d ago

after playing the first one
which felt more of an advertisement billboard than a game
and it was far faaaaaaaaaaaaaar from a decent game

i think im not even interested AT ALL at this one

Christopher2867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

inFamous did about 1.75m, Prototype about 2m. Prototype meets the bare minimum requirements for a sequel considering it's multiplatform. And, based on the video we saw, they're not updating the engine much, so likely a smaller dev team resulting in less costs for the sequel. With that in mind, they could make a good profit if sales match that of the first game.

inFamous, on the other hand, will need to at least match but hopefully beat their first game's amount sold considering they're working a lot on the engine. While there's a lot more profit due to it being a Sony IP, only half of that goes back to the development team, the rest goes to Sony as a whole. It's likely they were given more of the profits from Sony's part (as an investment) to make the second game, though.

@juggulator: My point wasn't to make this consolve vs console or anything of that sort. My point was about how much they made in profit from the first game and how that would likely affect them going forward with a new game. I'll update my text a bit to make sure my point is clear, though.

juggulator2867d ago

inFamous isn't multipatform. Prototype is so its only natural that it would sell more.

darthv722867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

"nFamous, on the other hand, will really need to at least match but hopefully beat their first game's amount sold considering they're working a lot on the engine."

That is the general idea of any sequel. It rarely happens though (in movies) but in games there is a greater percentage of success.

Not only that, sometimes people jump to the next version without playing the previous. They may like it so much as to see what the first was like. I have done that myself. Picked up killzone, uncharted, and fable after having played the newer editions. isnt a platform thing. It's more of a popularity thing. Will people who bought the first be inclined to get the next? Only content and delivery (satisfaction) can determine that.

Headquarters112867d ago

Looks like the same crappy game as the first. Why make a sequel?

buckethead_9112867d ago

Sure the sales justified a sequel.

Just not enough to not get half of the development team fired, apparently.

xAlmostPro2867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

so basically like everything activision, it made money so they'll milk another game out of it lol..

if they were any kind of decent developers/publishers they would have realised the 1st was bad and to use the money on a decent new ip or to raise the budget on better franchises to make improvements instead of giving us the same crap

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rrw2867d ago

hmm, anyone want to compare this with infamous 2 here

Troll_Police2867d ago

Funny, I remember a certain group said "Prototype will rape Infamous". LOL. How did that turn out?

visualb2867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

isn't this game releasing in 2012?

a WHOLE YEAR after infamous 2?

comparisons will be late due...and probably unfair on Prototype...xD

PraxxtorCruel2867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

The usual stupid Infamous comment, can't a mod filter anyone from trying to post a comment with the word 'Infamous'. Seriously tired of it, can we just talk about Prototype here. I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Please Activision don't make us play as someone else, it has to be Mr. Mercer.

Soldierone2867d ago

Without InFamous there is no Prototype, all there is to it lol. If Sony didn't announce InFamous 2 or give any clue to making a second one at all, Prototype 2 would of never seen the light of day.

UnSelf2867d ago

do u hear urself?

no, read wat u wrote again

Apotheosize2867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

You know I kind of agree.

Its funny though, after this comes out Activision will rape half of Radicals staff again. Nice knowing ya guys

PraxxtorCruel2867d ago

But I thought Prototype was in the works even before Infamous 1.

Lawliet2867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

I too kinda agree with Soldier one
All these rip-off is just looking to get attention and fame from quality games. Which is also part of the reason why they and media would put up comparisons between them. And the fact is One is brilliantly polish while the other was total crap. It's kinda a way of advertising and well putting the game in spot light. Just as visualb said Dante's Inferno a true example... Believe it or not, there are actually people who bought DE and not GOW3 thought it is better than GOW3! They just don't know what they're missing out..

palaeomerus2867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

Ripoffs? What the hell? Rip offs of what?

I hate to break it to you, but inFamous is just another "me too" in the super hero free-roam genre. It and it didn't START anything.

The genre started out with the Spider-Man games that mixed GTA 3 like city with web swinging. Prototype is most like a prior game called Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (which was ALSO done by Radical games), and Hulk:UD came out before inFamous was even started. It was a PS2 Xbox game.

Personally I like both inFamous and Protoype.

But then I can do that because I'm not a brainwashed idiot fanboy trying to make a game sound WAY more important or unique than it actually is in a thread about a competing game.

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visualb2867d ago

solider one has a point

like dante's inferno was to counter GOW and MoH was to counter COD, and Guitar hero to counter Rock band, etc...point is

there's always a first that gives birth to others.

Infamous was the first, prototype followed the concept (NOT RIP OFF OR COPIED, just followed the concept)

also, if im not mistaken, it was a set of fanboys that kept comparing prototype to infamous and stating infamous would flop...

actually, the opposite happened, now prototype 2 is forever cursed....

DaBadGuy2867d ago

Yeah. I never understood all the animosity over Prototype and inFamous, just seemed to be since they were both sandbox games where you use powers, they were "ripping off" each other.

Didn't they both just "rip off" Spider-Man 2 anyway?

Spider-Man 2, the movie game not Enter Electro, was one of the best sandbox games I've ever played.

And I'm sure there was a game that preceded Spider-Man 2 that began the 3D sandbox superpower game but Spider-Man 2 is the game I can think of that's closest to inFamous or Prototype and is one of the best.

visualb2867d ago

I agree both borrow a lot from spider man

i'd say what they base off each other is the fact that they create a brand new hero fighting off a conspiracy against them using moral compasses with variable endings.

palaeomerus2867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

Sure, inFamous was the first IF you ignore Crackdown, Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, a hell of a lot of Spider-Man games, GTA 3, VC, SA, IV, Saint's Row, Mercenaries, Just Cause, and the other games that do pretty much the same thing only earlier. LOL.

And 2 million sales with a 79 avg. on metacritic is a flop? Really? Stupid much? Ignorant fanboys invading Protoype 2 threads to promote inFamous is not evidence of a curse. It's just immature trolling from losers who never even played the game they want to trash.

hoops2867d ago

I would have HIGH HIGH hopes for this game, HOWEVER Activision is involved so you might as well WAIT for the game to hit because if it's anything like some of their "other games" lord help us.

MGRogue20172867d ago (Edited 2867d ago )

The first prototype wasnt that good imo

Most people like myself bought it because of all the hype & because of the fact that you could be a total badass who can run up walls & glide all over the place.

Maybe this sequel will be 100% better.. but I'm not holding my breath. I'll most surely check it out though.. for sure.

Storage2867d ago

I agree, form the trailers I was excited. When I tried the game (rented) I was disappointed at how bland and boring it got.

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