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."

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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.

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"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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