Posted by Raine Hutchens on Jun 29, 2012

Radical Entertainment Comments On Their Shutdown, Prototype 2 For PC Still On Its Way

Radical Entertainment announced via their Facebook page that through a series of unfortunate events they suffered a reduction in staff, which could see the studio shutting its doors for good. The company thanked fans for their continued support through their tough times and confirmed that Prototype 2 would still be arriving on the PC on July 24th.

The official post on the page reads:

“Hi everyone. Yes, there’s some unfortunate news to share today. This morning Radical Entertainment went through a significant reduction in staff. We’re very proud of what we achieved with the PROTOTYPE franchise, but unfortunately, the Blacklight virus didn’t spread as far as it could. For PC gamers, rest assured that the PC version of PROTOTYPE 2 is still going to launch on July 24th as planned. And a special “thanks” to the PROTOTYPE Army and all our extremely loyal and passionate fans for supporting Radical Entertainment. We couldn’t have come this far without you.

Thanks again to everyone for the outpouring of support. Just a reminder that the PC version of PROTOTYPE 2 is indeed, still coming on July 24th as planned, but please understand that updates/posts to Facebook over the next few days may be a bit light as we gain our bearing after today.”

This comes as a surprise to me, though it has me making sense out of a tweet I saw last night posted by Epic Games’ Cliff Bleszinski. In the tweet he said, “Sadly my gut tells me you’re going to see more and more mid-sized console developer studios shutting down over the next couple of years.” After reading this news, I can see what he possibly means. It’s sad that this is happening to the industry. I reviewed Prototype 2 and while it wasn’t the pinnacle of gaming, it hit record sales numbers when it released back in April. It looks like another studio will be closing its doors due to not being able to handle a dense gaming budget. And just think, making games isn’t going to be getting any cheaper.


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