Zombie Studios Closing Down, But Blacklight Will Live On

Studio closes after 20 years, but new company Builder Box will take over development on the free-to-play game.


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Zombie Studios, the Seattle-based creator of franchises such as Blacklight and Spec Ops, is closing down for good after 20 years of continuous operation. The developer announced the news on its website, thanking fans for their support, and saying that its owners are retiring.

The studio opened in 1994 and has worked on more than 30 different games for every major console. Over the years, Zombie Studios partnered with a number of big-name game publishers, including Bethesda, Konami, Ubisoft, and Activision. The developer even signed a deal with the US Army to work on a version of the game America's Army.

"It has been awesome working with all the various technology over the years, both hardware and software, growing with the industry and our fans, and producing fun games and technology of our own," the developer said.

Though Zombie Studios is shutting down, its PC and PlayStation 4 free-to-play shooter Blacklight: Retribution will live on. New studio Builder Box has acquired the rights to the game, and plans to continue its operation. Builder Box has also brought on Zombie Studios' director of production, technical director, and various other staff that created and developed Blacklight: Retribution.

For more, check out GameSpot's Blacklight: Retribution review.

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