Blacklight developer Zombie Studios shuts down

Blacklight and other rights go to new studio of former employees.

Blacklight: Retribution

Blacklight: Retribution and Daylight developer Zombie Studios is closing after 20 years in operation, the studio announced.

“The owners of Zombie Studios are retiring and wish to thank you, our fans, for the years of support you have provided us,” the company said in a goodbye message on its official website. “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.”

Zombie Studios was first formed in 1994 as Zombie LLC. It’s known for the development of the original Spec Ops series for PSone, Konami’s pair of Saw video games, the Blacklight series, and most recently, Daylight.

As for Blacklight: Retribution, its still-in-operation online shooter for PC and PlayStation 4, all rights to the franchise have gone to Builder Box, a new studio comprised of former Zombie employees, which has also acquired some of Zombie Studios’ other copyrights.

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