It is a sad day for the game industry after Zombie Studios, the developer behind Blacklight: Tango Down, Blackwater, Saw games, Daylight for PS4 and the creators of Spec Op series, have announced their shut down. Surprising to us is the fact that the decision wasn’t made due to financial problems, but because the intention of the studio’s owners to retire.
The free-to-play PC and PS4 shooter, Blacklight: Retribution, will not be canceled but handed to a new start-up studio Builder Box, formed mostly of former Zombie employees “that put their hearts into Blacklight and will continue to do so.”
The 20 years old studio worked on over 30 titles and even did some work for the US Army, as they wrote in their farewell letter: “The owners of Zombie Studios are retiring and wish to thank you, our fans, for years of support you have provided us. It has been awesome working with all the various technology over the years, both hardware and software, growing with the industry and out fans, and producing fun games and technology of our own. We also wish to thank our employees, both present and past. Your dedication and passion to gaming is what Zombie was all about.”
You can read Zombie Studios‘ entire goodbye letter right here.