It is a sad day today for the studio behind games such as Blacklight: Retribution, Daylight, and Spec Ops. Zombie Studios announced on their website a touching goodbye letter to the fans (See below).
The studio opened in 1994 and has worked on more than 30 titles for every major console since the inception. Through its life, Zombie has worked with many of the biggest publishers in the industry, including Bethesda, Konami, Activition and Ubisoft.
The company made it clear, that although they may be shutting down, the PC shooter Blacklight will live on. It was announced that Builder Box have acquired the assets for the game and will be moving forward with any future development on the title.
We at CGMagazine are sad to see such a prominent developer go, we wish everyone involved the very best.
You can read the full announcement here:
So long, and thanks for all the fish
It has been over twenty years since it all started. Zombie was formed in the same year that Forrest Gump was released, Sony’s PlayStation launched, and Justin Bieber was born. It was also 4 years before Google was founded, and 4 years before Half-Life was released. Since then we have published our own and been part of over thirty titles, worked on every major console, partnered with nearly every publisher, and even did a bit of work for the US Army. Now it is time for us to part ways and close our doors.
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.
Lastly, we want to congratulate and wish nothing but success to Builder Box, the new studio starting up that has acquired some of the work Zombie is parting with, including all rights to Blacklight: Retribution. The new studio is comprised of past Zombie employees that put their hearts into Blacklight and we have no doubts will continue to do so.Thank you, and game on