Black Ops Declassified dev no longer making retail games

Nihilistic Software rebrands itself nStigate Games, shifts to developing downloadable, online, and mobile games; no layoffs planned, but company expects to be "leaner."

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Resistance: Burning Skies developer Nihilistic Software is finished making retail games. The company announced on its website recently that it has rebranded itself nStigate Games and will now develop projects for downloadable, online, and mobile platforms.

"Everyone knows retail sales are down, publishers are hurting, independent developers are suffering, blah blah blah," reads a line from the statement. "With this in mind, Nihilistic is announcing today that we are re-organizing our company after 14 years of working with retail boxed game development."

The company said it expects to make the transition without laying off any staff, but also noted that it anticipates to become a "leaner" company as "some of our talent finds new homes." The result, the studio said, will be a smaller and "more focused" company.

nStigate Games does not currently have any open positions listed on its website and has no announced projects beyond Black Ops Declassified. That game is due November 13 on PlayStation Vita.

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14 comments
BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

An outcome suitable for a developer with laughable talent who couldn't even develop a game thats been made over and over again.  I'm actually surprised activision didn't have a template set up with the instruction manuel included stating lines such as, "copy and paste code line 1b place at location vector 12b and blah so on and so forth."

TORCEDOR
TORCEDOR

lot of times I get the feeling that regular developers are "FORCED" to make games for vita , so they pass them along to subsidiary developers who just make "something" for the system. sony charges full price for the vita and its games but the quality of games and software doesn't give me the feeling of " value " or quality. lot of the games on the phones look similar and play similar then there dollar to 50 dollar counterpart but charge only 1 -5 dollars, which in reality is the actual value of the quality of games nstigate and others  make but charge 50 $ for! i was holding on to vita for this , I actually believed that after one whole year they would actually deliver a good "console like experience" on the vita , but i was so wrong.I am totally getting rid of my vita system now.

stony4cloud
stony4cloud

The only game iam looking forward to playing will be KILZONE.  I think that will be one of the few better games to come out on the vita. Even though i do like ASSASSINS CREED 3 LIBERATION AND NEED FOR SPEED.. DRAKE was nice too. But they still need to make better games for the vita ifits gonna survive and for the price they are charging.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I assume they'll take some more time to work on that logo...

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

They should shut down for good. I swear, they screw up nearly everything they touch. But I guess it's good for a terrible developer to make shitty phone and downloadable games.It's probably their punishment for fucking up Resistance.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I read about this yesterday. Good luck to them.

firedrakes
firedrakes

i average dev of games. that about it

Haasdude
Haasdude

That logo is insultingly bad.

toddx77
toddx77

I can get online games since there is little publishing cost but how do these developers expect ot actually make money from apps?  Most are free or cost $1 and reply on micro transactions and I cannot see all of them doing as good as Smerf Village.