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Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Developer Changes Name, Focuses on Mobile

Posted by Sammy Barker

Dramatic turn of events

You’ve officially tarnished Nihilistic Software’s name to the point where the studio has had to completely rebrand. The Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified developer announced this morning that it is renaming itself to nStigate. The studio will step away from retail games following the completion of its upcoming Call of Duty spin-off, and will instead focus on the downloadable, online and mobile markets.

Nihilistic was founded in 1998 and shot to fame with Vampire: The Masquerade. It has since worked on a slew of poorly received PlayStation exclusives, including PlayStation Move Heroes, Resistance: Burning Skies, and, of course, the conflicted Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. According to the developer, its ongoing reorganisation will not affect any of its upcoming projects.


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Ginkgo said:

How can they be tarnished over a game that has not been released yet?
What's more, how can you tarnish a company who's very name means nothing is of value.



ShogunRok said:

It's looking quite bleak for Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified isn't it? Does this mean the game will get no post-launch support?




This was probably always on the cards- before Resistance even. They closed Studio Liverpool people- they'll obviously take the hacksaw wherever they see a saving.

I would hope that in regard to CoD, the lesson was learned with Resistance, don't hold back. There was a lot of potential in Burning Skies, it wasn't a bad game, but it wasn't a particularly stand out game either. My money's still on Killzone being the Vita FPS worth it's salt!



Slapshot said:

Good for them. Sony has used them as little more than a black sheep in their catalogue of development studios. I hope they shine in the mobile gaming world - they deserve it!



Paranoimia said:

Sony handed them development of two big franchises - their own Resistance, and now Call of Duty. How is that treating them as a black sheep? The fact that they botched both isn't Sony's fault.

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