Nihilistic Abandons Boxed Games, Refocuses On Downloadable And Mobile Markets

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Are developers abandoning consoles in droves? Not only have Lightbox, the Starhawk developer quit the retail model to focus on iOS development, now Black Ops 2: Declassified developer Nihilistic has announced its retirement from retail, even going as far as changing its name to nStigagte.

Said the developer on its site:

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.

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.

The firm has developed a host of handheld games, from COD: Black Ops 2 Declassified to Resistance: Burning Skies, non of which turned out great.

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6 Comments on "Nihilistic Abandons Boxed Games, Refocuses On Downloadable And Mobile Markets"

  1. TheGrimOfDeath October 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm -

    You don’t know if COD: Black Ops Declassified will be bad mate, give it some time.

  2. Ernice Gilbert October 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm -

    Judging from the previews, it’s nothing special.

  3. TheGrimOfDeath October 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm -

    Yeah that is true. But lets wait? Never judge a book by it’s cover right? Also Ernice I want to talk to you mate.

  4. Ernice Gilbert October 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm -

    Agreed. Okay.

  5. Ghost250 October 19, 2012 at 10:33 am -

    it is for the best. i’m sorry to say but Nihilistic suck as developers.

  6. Ernice Gilbert October 19, 2012 at 10:37 am -

    Yeah, these guys haven’t made a game that I’ve loved. Like maybe, but not love.

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