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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.

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DivineAssault 4230d ago

They should leave development all together

ChronoJoe4230d ago (Edited 4230d 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.

jujubee884230d ago (Edited 4230d 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.

PirateThom4229d ago

Difference is, Sony Bend immediately went on to make Syphon Filter.

Nihilistic have never made a good game.

jujubee884229d ago (Edited 4229d 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.

BigStef714230d ago

Hopefully they go out with a bang with BLOPS:declassified

longcat4230d ago

given this move....i wont bet on it

HebrewHammer4230d ago

Declassified is more like their ultimate crescendo of crap, I'm assuming.

Ethereal4230d ago

Good, I was not impressed with their work. Amazing that COD of was given to them...

MattyG4230d ago (Edited 4230d ago )

Good. The only time I hear their name is in hushed tones accompanied by the words "garbage" "s**t" and "who?".

belac094230d ago

they know black ops is gonna be just like resistance burning skies so they are bowing out early.