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Report: Prototype Developer Loses Half Its Staff

We always like to run positive news but everything isn't always roses in gaming; it's a business, after all.

Unfortunately, it seems that Radical Entertainment, the developer responsible for Prototype and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, has been hit with considerable layoffs. According to sources close to the Vancouer-based studio and as reported by Kotaku, over 90 employees at Radical have lost their jobs. That's about half the entire studio, which means that two of the three internal dev teams have been affected by these layoffs, and this likely means we won't see a Prototype 2 any time soon. Radical is owned by Activision Blizzard and the publisher didn't list a Prototype sequel for their 2010 schedule, which will come as bad news to fans of last year's action title. Most sources recommended inFamous over Radical's game but the latter still sold relatively well and many were indeed hoping for a follow-up effort. This doesn't mean Radical is over and done with, obviously - they didn't shut down the studio - but that likely doesn't come as much of a consolation to the team. It's never easy when you lose half your workforce, regardless of the industry.

But Activision has a plan for every year and if you don't fit well into that plan, they're going to try to optimize profits in another way. Such is the way of big business, no?

2/11/2010 9:50:36 PM John Shepard

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Comments (23 posts)

newchef
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:11:19 PM
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=( i was really hoping for a sequel this year...oh well i guess i can wait a little while longer

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newchef
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:11:36 PM

firsties!!11!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:30:17 PM

NO

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newchef
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:38:15 PM

lol i couldnt help it...im never first

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Imagi
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 7:12:49 AM

N1, well at least your comment was a comment and not just "First" that would just be lame.

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Jawknee
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:15:57 PM
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Too bad, cause the first one was sooooo good!

=P

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___________
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:20:06 PM

it was good just extremely buggy to the point it could give mercenaries 2 a run for its money.

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 8:58:55 AM

Its just terrible over all.

Last edited by NoSmokingBandit on 2/12/2010 11:00:37 AM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:30:47 PM
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I have both Prototype and inFamous and I gotta say, Radical should have just made a better game and they wouldn't be in this fix.

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Jawknee
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:48:54 PM

i know an Xbot who finally caved and bought a PS3 for the God of War Collection and God of War III. he wouldn't shut up about how much better Prototype was then Infamous. this i before he bought a PS3. im working on him. Trying to get him to buy Infamous and see the light!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:03:27 PM

At least get him to rent the thing, it is infinitely more balanced, better looking, has a plot, and just plain makes you feel like a badass without giving you tons of foolish powers that are useless as soon as the whole city is after you.

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Jawknee
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:08:23 PM

Man the hours i can spend just rampaging through Empire City.

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Imagi
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 7:15:48 AM

I played both, Infamous is the better easily, Prototype is a good game, just not in the same league.

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Orvisman
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 7:27:56 AM

@Jawknee,

Just loan it to him if you still have it.

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Jawknee
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 12:45:11 PM

i tried. it just sat in his car for a month. i took it back.

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Highlander
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:50:05 PM
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Their accounting department needed some extra bodies to count the money from MW2...

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Jawknee
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:52:02 PM

HA!

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Alienange
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:52:58 PM
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WHAT??

Prototype and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction are two different games?

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Oxvial
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:02:41 PM
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Its because the game sucked.

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Jawknee
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:08:52 PM

you said it better then i did.

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karneli lll
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 7:51:04 AM

Moral of the story,dont produce crap and expect it to sell (on the ps3 anyway)

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___________
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:24:35 PM
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biggest problem with prototype was not its bugs, it was the powers.
you have these really cool powers extremely effective against a small amount of people, but against the whole city?
your like a fly in a city you get beaten alive!
in superhero games you either go with outrageous attacks which make the player feel invincible.
or you go the infamous way with smaller but more honed precise attacks.
you either go in with a chainsaw or with a laser, there is no in between and thats where prototype fell apart.
not to mention it has so many bugs to rival mercenaries 2.

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deadmanwithin
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 1:25:58 PM
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Too bad.I was hoping(or dreaming) for a sequel to The Incredible Hulk : Ultimate Destruction . It deserves a sequel more than Prototype.

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