Black Ops Declassified dev Nihilistic quitting console development and rebranding
The team behind the first crop of FPS titles on the PS Vita, Nihilistic has announced their intentions to quit the console market to concentrate on mobile and downloadable games.
The studio had been entrusted with creating what turned out to be the lacklustre Resistance: Burning Skies and the upcoming Call Of Duty: Black Ops Declassified on the PS Vita but perhaps their experiences have soured them to the increasingly tough world of console development.
Nihilistic announced the news on their Facebook page saying that the company are in the midst of reorganising to focus on mobile and digital development and will be rebranding as nStigate Games.
The post read, "There's no bigger clich in the videogame industry right now than to say that a studio is re-organizing itself away from retail game development and toward the new challenges of downloadable and mobile games. "
"Everyone knows retail sales are down, " it continued, "publishers are hurting, independent developers are suffering, blah blah blah. With this in mind, Nihilistic is announcing today that (OMG!) we are re-organizing our company after 14 years of working with retail boxed game development, and re-forming as nStigate Games, a new company focused on downloadable, on-line, and mobile games. "
"So is this newsworthy? Well, honestly it probably isn't, except that we are making this transition without any planned layoffs or leaving any debts behind. Nihilistic will fade into the sunset the way it started; a collaboration of talented folks dedicated to transparency and respect for employees. Over the next couple months we'll get leaner as some of our talent finds new homes, and emerge as a smaller and more focused company. The future for nStigate is yet to be written, but the history of Nihilistic is coming to a close. We thank all the people who have worked here over the last 14 years. It's been a privilege and a joy to serve our players for the past years, " it concluded.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is due out on November the 13th alongside Black Ops II.