Submitted by Frankfurt 1133d ago | news

Nihilistic leaves physical game development

Nihilistic: 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. (Android, Casual games, Dev, Industry, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Nihilistic Software, PS Vita)

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DivineAssault  +   1133d ago
They should leave development all together
ChronoJoe  +   1133d ago
Yup you're right. They honestly haven't made any good games. Look at their track record. We don't need studios like this around, churning out mediocre or worse quality titles for a quick buck.
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jujubee88  +   1133d ago
Big disagree!

Nihilistic should stick around and learn. If no one gave Sony BEND a chance, they would be forever known as making one of the worst games of all time (from the Ps1 era onward).

Instead, BEND went on to be one of the most solid studios SCEWWS had in their stable.

This is a studio that has the talent to make something better in the future. SCE giving Nihilistic the assigment to try and translate current gen FPS experiences to a handheld might not have been good thinking on both sides. SCEWWS needed to be smarter. Nihilistic needed to do more of their homework and playtest each aspect of Resistance (prolly even COD) more. But it has all around just been bad for VITA that these big FPS games are not meeting expectations due to the people behind them.

... Nihilistic should really pump out Playstation Mobile games and do stuff like port Boarderlands 2 in order to bring some $$$ back into their studio and one day show SCEWWS that they have grown and learned from their dark past.
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PirateThom  +   1132d ago
Difference is, Sony Bend immediately went on to make Syphon Filter.

Nihilistic have never made a good game.
jujubee88  +   1132d ago
I know that. That's why I said from PS1 on. :)

To clarify to you, Nihilistic deserve another shot at handling multi-million dollar project but now is not that time.

Nihilistic needs to learn and grow and be humbled by this process and deffer to other studios in order for it to reach a level comparable to that of what Sony BEND is now (i.e. a team you know can own on VITA as well as make some great console titles).

Yes, Nihilistic deserve to be out of sight and out of the mind people bc people such as yourself that expected Resistance (and maybe other Nihilstic developed games) to be a superb experience. But they by no means are as incompetent as other game developers whose games can not even run.
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BigStef71  +   1133d ago
Hopefully they go out with a bang with BLOPS:declassified
longcat  +   1133d ago
given this move....i wont bet on it
HebrewHammer  +   1133d ago
Declassified is more like their ultimate crescendo of crap, I'm assuming.
Ethereal  +   1133d ago
Good, I was not impressed with their work. Amazing that COD of was given to them...
MattyG  +   1133d ago
Good. The only time I hear their name is in hushed tones accompanied by the words "garbage" "s**t" and "who?".
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belac09  +   1133d ago
they know black ops is gonna be just like resistance burning skies so they are bowing out early.
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1133d ago
So, can we expect NO updates to Declassified?
GreenRanger  +   1133d ago
BO:D pre-order cancelled before i even pre-ordered.
swansong  +   1133d ago
Might of been better if they made this decision before contracting COD BOD.
swansong  +   1133d ago
In reading there twitter conversation on this news someone tweeted " Bout time you hid in shame for the damage you have done". Little harsh but some truth to it.
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talocaca  +   1133d ago
I love how you they changed the name.... guess because of the reaction after COD was announced...I was intrigued by the game....then saw "developed by nihilitic"....hot...mess.
TheDivine  +   1133d ago
Wow Vita is a studio killer. What is it 3 or 4 studios whose last games were Vita games. Im thinking Sony was going to ax them and before they did they got a couple quick, cheap, rushed games from these studios before they went the way of the Dodo. Not very comforting.
smashcrashbash  +   1133d ago
Yeah because as we all know Nihilistic was always such a beloved and great gaming company. There is no way it could just be their track record of making mediocre games. Yes it was the VITA that killed them.They just sat their and the VITA closed there doors.It has nothing to do with the sloppy job they did with Resistance. Sony just axed them and demanded crappy games from them before they got out That is why ND is closing it's doors after making Uncharted Golden Abyss. The studio closed because it was the VITA making the crappy games. They had nothing to do with it. It's good to come to N4G to listen to some much sense being made. How is it you guys are here and not teaching universities or something.
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Grenade  +   1133d ago
@ TheDivine
Yeah it's the Vita's fault.
It definitely had nothing to do with Nihilistic being a complete bullshit dev that nobody wanted making games. /s
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Cam977  +   1133d ago
Sad news, this can only mean bad things for post-launch BO:D.
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sypher  +   1132d ago
Damn, thats 2 gaming studios in1 day moving to the mobile market
chrispseuphoria  +   1132d ago
Not really surprised by this but Burning Skies really isn't that terrible.
chrispseuphoria  +   1132d ago
Not really surprised by this but Burning Skies isn't that terrible.
Cajun Chicken  +   1132d ago
Terrible developer. Just couldn't take them seriously after messing something up like Playstation Move Heroes.
mafiahajeri  +   1132d ago
They cant handle the heat. I mean look at their site it looks so cheap that rhymed unintentional lol
CanadianTurtle  +   1132d ago
I am not kidding when I say this. I am probably the biggest Resistance fan on this website. I love the franchise to death. But R:BS was not a good game. These guys should leave game development in general. Really, how do you mess up a Resistance game? Thats sad. That's how you know you're a bad developer
RubyToTheMax  +   1132d ago
This is bloody great news. But what's something to be confused about, aren't these bastards releasing Declassified in a month? Why are they just suddenly leaving? Because they did another shameful job?
InTheLab  +   1132d ago
"So is this Newsworthy?"

Even Nihilistic knows they're terrible. They know the name "Nihilistic" comes with the taint of poorly made quick buck games so they had to change their name. I'm sure they'll fit right in with the other crappy app "developers" on Android/IOS.

They probably should have kept that new name a secret.
Adolph Fitler  +   1132d ago
I really am enjoying Resistance: Burning Skies, & don't see whats so wrong with the game.
It has excellent visuals, & the story so far, is great. People need to get over the fact that Insomniac ain't doing Resistance's anymore, Activision won't develop there own COD's on a handheld that doesn't have the install base yet. So, we could do far worse with our conversions than what Nihilistic are doing.

People should get off there high horses & at least try these games properly....Nihihlistic's Resistance effort is entertaining me, & I'm a huge Resistance fan, so I have played Resistance games since the 1st 1 hit shelves. And they haven't even been given the chance with COD, as people have already written that off.

So, now another Vita developer is buggering off, & starting there detachment from making games for the Sony handheld that NEEDS every developer it can get.
I bought Burning Skies after playing through the full demo & being hooked.....I suggest other Vita owners to do the same & judge the game on there own terms, not what others are saying on the net. The game is awesome, in my opinion, & I hope there are plenty of others out there that feel the same. We NEED people to get there heads outta there backsides, as all this negativity towards more than competant developers, is not good for Vita & the games industry in general.

Look at what happend to Zipper,.......awesome developers that were ruined because of mindless, 1 dimensional gamers that were expecting Zipper to do the same thing over & over again, in making Socom 2 over & over.
And, fanboys of other consoles whinge & whine online about samely game sequels that they'll never play, on a console they refuse to ever own, then when developers dare do something different, the real owners & series fans don't buy into it, cause it's not a carbon copy of the last game.

In short, we need to support some of these guys, & really give any & all games a chance, as otherwise good & great developers are going to go by the wayside.

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