The developer behind Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified has revealed its intention to shy away from traditional retail releases in favour of digital and mobile output.
Nihilistic Software, who also worked on the PlayStation Vita-exclusive shooter Resistance: Burning Skies, confirmed that it is to reform as nStigate Games in a post on its official Facebook page.
“There’s no bigger cliché 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, 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.”
While no layoffs are on the cards, the company revealed a number of employees have jumped ship, and as such the studio has become smaller and more focused in the process.
“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. We love what we do, and we love it when you guys like it. Thank you for playing.”