Huge Layoffs At Radical Entertainment
Uh-oh. When significant layoffs come around, you never know what to expect from a developer. Even though games like Prototype still remain in the hopper, there's no knowing what kind of obstacles a team can face with half the employees disappearing almost overnight.
Sadly, the Vancouver Sun issued a report that shows Radical Entertainment has been forced to lay off around 100 employees, which equates to "approximately half its work force." Publisher Activision Blizzard made the decision and now says Radical will only be working on two games instead of four.
"Activision Blizzard is committed to making the best games possible and has elected at this time to reduce the number of titles that Radical is developing from four games to two," said Leah Rubin, vice-president of human resources at Radical. "Therefore, we will be proportionately reducing the size of our studio."
The good news is that Radical's two most promising projects - Prototype and Crash Bandicoot: Mind over Mutant - still "have a place in the newly formed publisher." On the other hand, Radical's Scarface license could be going bye-bye; Activision Blizzard did not name it among the series it wishes to keep. We also worry if this will cause further delays for Prototype, which was most recently scheduled to arrive in April of 2009. When half the work force goes away, we assume things change...
Related Game(s): Prototype
8/14/2008 Ben Dutka