Blacklight: Retribution and Daylight developer Zombie Studios has closed down, although only in name.
The studio, which was originally founded in 1994, was responsible for the likes of Zork Nemesis, Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way, Saw, Blacklight: Retribution and Daylight.
"The owners of Zombie Studios are retiring and wish to thank you, our fans, for years of support you have provided us," the developer said in a statement posted on its official site. "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."
There is good news in that the current staff on Blacklight: Retribution will remain and the studio will now be renamed Builder Box. The new studio was founded by Zombie's former director of production, Andy Kipling, and the technical director Russell Nelson.
"While ownership of the game has changed, the people behind the scenes who have been constantly contributing to the Blacklight universe for the last four years remains intact," the new studio founders explained. "Builder Box will be working with Perfect World so that, as a fan, you can look forward to more updates and exciting changes in the coming year."
"Thank you for all the support that you have given Zombie and Blacklight over the years, and we look forward to your ongoing support as we transition to Builder Box."
It's always sad to see a studio closing down, although at least in this case, everyone seems to have kept their job.