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Black Ops Declassified Dev Nihilistic Software Becomes nStigate

Jonathan Lester
Black Ops: Declassified, Nihilistic Software, nStigate, rebrand, Resistance: Burning Skies

Black Ops Declassified Dev Nihilistic Software Becomes nStigate

Moves Towards Downloadable & Mobile Games

Nihilistic Software, the developers behind Vita FPS Resistance: Burning Skies and the upcoming Black Ops Declassified, will be reforming as a new studio with a new name and a focus on mobile gaming.

"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," reads a slightly gloomy statement on their official site. "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."

The new endeavour will be known as nStigate, which will apparently become a "leaner" outfit as some of the employees leave for different positions elsewhere.

"We are making this transition without any planned layoffs or leaving any debts behind," the statement continues. "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."

Nihilistic's most recent game, Resistance: Burning Skies, was rather mediocre to say the least - and Black Ops Declassified is drawing fire from across the journalistic community. This shakeup won't affect the upcoming Vita shooter, which is rumoured to release alongside Black Ops II next month.

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