By Alex Pham
7:36 PM PDT, June 28, 2012
Activision Blizzard Inc., which earlier Thursday said it may shut down or sell its Radical Entertainment game studio, issued a follow-up statement later in the day saying it is laying off 90 developers at Radical, or 86% of the staff, and is keeping a skeleton crew of 15 developers to work on Activision's other games.
The Santa Monica company insisted that it will not be selling Radical, which created the "Prototype" series of games. Activision cited poor sales of "Prototype 2" as the reason for downsizing the studio.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Radical has developed "Scarface: The World is Yours" and "Crash: Mind Over Mutant," among other games. It has also developed titles for the "Crash Bandicoot" game series.
Radical, which was previously owned by Vivendi, became a part of Activision's empire in 2008 when Vivendi purchased a majority stake in Activision and merged it with Blizzard Entertainment studio to create the world's largest game publisher. Activision remains a division of Vivendi, which is contemplating spinning off its entertainment assets from its struggling phone business.
The layoffs at Radical affect 1.2% of Activision's total employee base of 7,400 workers.
"Having explored a wide range of options, Activision believes that the only option is a significant reduction in staff," the company said in a statement.
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