Nihilistic Software has had one of their most notable game development years to date for the PS Vita, between first-person shooters like Resistance: Burning Skies and the recently wrapped Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. Still, it's thinking about trying something new for 2013 and beyond.
The company recently posted this entry on its blog page, explaining that it's moving forward into a new venture in development:
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.
So is this newsworthy? Well, honestly it probably isn’t, except that we are making this transition without any planned layoffs or leaving any debts behind. 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.
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.
We wish Nihilistic the best of luck. Meanwhile, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is set to arrive on November 13th, the same day as Black Ops II on consoles and PC.