Spec Ops, Daylight Developer Zombie Studios Closes After 20 Years; Studio Thanks Fans for "The Years of Support"

Following over 20 years in the video game industry and developing titles such as creating the Spec Ops series, Blacklight: Retribution, and most recently its procedurally-generated horror title Daylight, developer Zombie Studios has announced the studio’s closure.

In an open letter to fans and those in the industry, Zombie Studios addressed all that its owners would be retiring and closing the studio’s doors. Following its debut in 1994, Zombie Studios has worked on over 30 titles during its tenure and developed games for every major console and worked with “nearly every publisher, and even did a bit of work for the US Army.”

While Zombie Studios will close its doors and cease work, an open letter posted on the studio’s website details that a new studio, Builder Box, will retain many of the former Zombie employees, with all rights for its projects, such as Blacklight: Retribution, to be handed over to the new studio.

In its letter, Zombie Studios thanked friends and fans for their years of ardent support for the studio:

“The owners of Zombie Studios are retiring and wish to thank you, our fans for the 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.”

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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