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Radical Entertainment








On 28 June 2012, due to the financial failure of Prototype 2 , Radical Entertainment suffered a «significant reduction» in staff, and would from then on focus solely on supporting other Activision studios, while ceasing development on their own projects. Studio head Dr. David «Dave» Fracchia left the company in May 2014. Radical Entertainment contributed to Destiny in 2014.


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 Origin (1991–2005)
    • 1.2 369 Interactive
    • 1.3 Acquisition by Vivendi Universal (2005–2008)
    • 1.4 Subsidiary of Activision (2008–2009)
    • 1.5 Prototype 2, layoffs (2010–present)
  • 2 Games developed
    • 2.1 Canceled games


Origin (1991–2005)

Former Radical Entertainment logo used until ca. 1999.

Radical Entertainment was founded in 1991 by Rory Armes, Dave Davis, and Ian Wilkinson, of which Davis and Armes had previously worked at Vancouver-based Distinctive Software . The studio primarily developed Nintendo Entertainment System ports and adaptations of other video games, peaking at eight projects in 1994. Mike Ribero left his position as Sega of America’s vice president of sales and marketing to become CEO of Radical Entertainment in 1996. Between 1997 and 1998, several employees left the studio to form Barking Dog Studios .

369 Interactive

In 2003, Radical Entertainment opened a development division, 369 Interactive, which was set to develop multiple titles based on the CSI franchise, in partnership with Ubi Soft.

Acquisition by Vivendi Universal (2005–2008)

Although Radical Entertainment developed few titles for Vivendi Universal Entertainment, the titles gained massive success and warranted the company’s interest in the developers. In 2005, Vivendi acquired Radical Entertainment, however, as described by a former developer at Radical, the mood did not change much and Radical still operated as an independent game developing company. After being acquired by Vivendi, Radical began to make many games such as Scarface: The World Is Yours and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction while being published under Vivendi’s Sierra Entertainment label. Radical was also given the license to continue development of the Crash Bandicoot franchise which was also published under Sierra Entertainment. Radical took over the development of Crash Tag Team Racing from Traveller’s Tales. Due to the success of Crash Tag Team Racing, Radical started the development of Crash of the Titans and proclaimed that «Crash was home at Radical» stating that Radical would develop all further Crash games. The critical and commercial success of Crash of the Titans spawned one more sequel, Crash: Mind over Mutant , which managed to both critically beat its predecessor as well as commercially. During the development of Crash: Mind Over Mutant, Radical began working on its first original intellectual property, Prototype .

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Subsidiary of Activision (2008–2009)

In 2008 it was announced that Vivendi Games and Activision were to form Activision Blizzard . The merger changed the mood of Radical and made it more like a first-party developer, instead of independent. At the time of the merge Radical was working on three different projects, one was an unnamed project and the other two were Crash: Mind Over Mutant and Prototype. After the merger took place, about half of Radical’s staff was cut under Activision Blizzard’s restructuring. This resulted in the cancellation of the unnamed project while development of Crash and Prototype were unaffected. As revealed later by a former developer at Radical, the unnamed project was Scarface 2, which had been at development at Radical for over two years and had nearly gone gold, the developer stated that Activision cancelled the project. Crash: Mind Over Mutant was one of the last games to be published under the Sierra Entertainment label, abit only in Europe, as North American copies use Activision’s logo. Nevertheless, Activision themselves is given credit within the video game. Prototype was published through Activision.

After the release of Prototype in 2009 Radical did not officially announce any new projects, though it was revealed again by another former developer that Radical was working on another unnamed project, which had been in development for over a year. However, when Radical Entertainment experienced layoffs which resulted in over 60 people losing jobs, the project Crash Landed was cancelled by Activision. In 2019, environment artist Wayne Dalton leaked images of this unannounced project which was revealed to be a video game tie-in to the cancelled Spider-Man 4 film, taking over development from Treyarch . At the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards, Radical announced Prototype 2 , which was set to be their largest game, incorporating many assets and gameplay mechanics from the cancelled Spider-Man 4 game.

Prototype 2, layoffs (2010–present)

Radical Entertainment released the first details for Prototype 2 in an interview with EGMi. In the same interview they revealed that they halted the development on an unknown game, possibly the rumoured Crash Bandicoot title, after the success of Prototype. However, other candidates for the halted game were rumored to be an unknown Spider-Man game and a Jason Bourne game. This title was later revealed to be cancelled. In January 2011, an artist posted video footage showing the cancelled Jason Bourne game called Treadstone. The game was cancelled when the Bourne license was reacquired by Ludlum Entertainment and then licensed to Electronic Arts.

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To celebrate the release of Prototype 2, Radical Entertainment revealed that, to coincide, they were releasing RadNet. Similar to Call of Duty: Elite , RadNet is an online gaming hub. RadNet contains competitive challenges which in turn give the player rewards for in-game use, Avatar accessories, development videos and Dynamic themes. An iPhone game, Protoslice, was also released to coincide with the release of the game, the iPhone app had partial overseen development by Radical, whilst the actual game was not developed by them.

Prototype 2 was released in April 2012. It was Radical Entertainment’s most successful game launch. The game was well-received, with positive reviews on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, with the PC release coming at a later date in 2012. The sales for Prototype 2 were the highest of games in April 2012. Globally, Prototype 2 sold less than a million copies in the two months following release.

On 28 June 2012, Activision announced that Radical Entertainment had seen a «significant reduction in staff», and that the studio «will cease development of its own games going forward», prompting media speculation that the developer had closed. The publisher cited Prototype 2‘s failure to «find a broad commercial audience» as the reason behind Radical’s closure. According to Activision, some employees will remain working for Radical Entertainment supporting other existing Activision Publishing projects, thus, while keeping the studio active, leaves them as a support team.

With Radical Entertainment (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

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Action, Adventure, Horror

Former Marine Captain and CIA operative Alex Mason, upon interrogation by an unknown party, recounts his violent experiences with the Bay of Pigs, a radical Soviet conspiracy, and the Vietnam war.

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Action, Adventure, Crime

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Animation, Action, Adventure

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Action, Adventure, Horror

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5. Hulk (2003 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Action, Adventure, Horror

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7. Crash Tag Team Racing (2005 Video Game)

Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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Action, Adventure, Drama

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9. Independence Day (1997 Video Game)

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10. Crash of the Titans (2007 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Family

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11. The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Incredible Hulk faces against his greatest adversary — the Abomination — in a free-roaming, open-world action-adventure.

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Animation, Action, Comedy

After getting enough laugh energy, the jesters at Monsters, Inc decided to do a dodge ball game to get their laughs on to produce more energy.

13. The Simpsons: Road Rage (2001 Video Game)

Action, Comedy, Family

Mr. Burns has bought all transit systems in Springfield, the citizens must use their own cars as a means of safer public transport and earn money in an attempt to pay back Burns.

14. Crash: Mind Over Mutant (2008 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In Crash: Mind over Mutant, a rejuvenated Neo Cortex is taking over the world one brain at a time.

15. Mario Is Missing! (1992 Video Game)

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16. Jackie Chan Stuntmaster (2000 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

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17. Wayne’s World (1993 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

Wayne and Garth need 50.000 bucks to save their show from going off the air. They plan to organize a pizza-themed telethon to get the money and they need the player’s help to find support for this event.

18. Beavis and Butt-Head (I) (1994 Video Game)

Animation, Action, Comedy

Beavis and Butt-Head are now on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. Yep, those two are at it again! This time they’ve obtained tickets to Gwar, the coolest rock group on earth. One day . See full summary »

19. Mario’s Time Machine (1993 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Family

The evil Bowser is at it again. This time he’s kidnapped Yoshi and locked him in his museum of ancient artifacts, which are actually stolen artifacts, items used by famous people centuries . See full summary »




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