Game developer Zombie Studios is shutting down this week after 20 years in the industry.
The studio launched originally in 1994 and, most recently, had been responsible for Blacklight: Retribution and Daylight. Previously, it had developed a variety of titles, like Zork: Nemesis and a game based on the Saw movies, as well as creating the Spec Ops series with Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way.
A post to the official site says that “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 our 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.”
The current staff working on Blacklight: Retribution, however, is not out of a job. Zombie’s Director of Production, Andy Kipling, and Technical Director Russel Nelson have started a new studio called Builder Box that, at least for now, will continue to work on Blacklight. While it’s never fun to hear about a studio closing, it doesn’t sound like anyone is out of a job that didn’t want to be. 20 years for an entirely independent studio isn’t a bad run.