Nihilistic to Change Name, Go Digital Only

-Jimmy Kovalski

Nihlistic Software has announced a name change and a plan to exit the boxed game industry and go digital only. If you are not familiar with Nihlistic, they are the minds behind Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, Resistance: Burning Skies and Playstation Move Heroes. They will know be known as nStigate. There is an official statement on their website and it reds:

“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.”

No word if this change will effect the upcoming Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified.