Two more studios are moving from console and handheld development to mobile. This week, the studio behind PS3 exclusive Starhawk, Lightbox Interactive, announced layoffs and a re-organization plan that'll see it producing mobile titles. Also, Nihilistic Software, the studio behind the up and coming PlayStation Vita Call of Duty title, has announced its plans to reform and put out mobile and other downloadable games under the name nStigate.

In the case of the latter, no layoffs have been announced. In fact, a posting on the studio's blog makes it clear that no layoffs are planned, though the studio will get "leaner" in the coming months. Joystiq reports that Lightbox has had to let go of 24 people after shipping its AAA PS3 title.

Lightbox has confirmed, by the way, that its first title will hit iOS. nStigate, on the other hand, is just throwing out a vague "mobile," though it seems like a safe assumption that iOS is in its plans.

[via Joystiq]

  • ImJPaul

    Great. Always thankful to have video game vets on my AppStore making AAA titles.

    • ducksFANjason

      Agreed! Welcome to the portable space devs!

    • Solidfart

      Don't count on crappy nStigate to make AAA titles on anything. These devs just suck ass plain n simple as will their CoD for vita.

      • ImJPaul

        I always remember your posts because of your username. Solidfart has to be the most fantastic one I've ever seen and I believe this comment is even more pessimistic then your last. Classic. Haha.

      • ImJPaul

        But yes. It will suck, but at least it looks remotely good so if they can translate that to at least semi decent looking then ill probably buy it. I'm really easy to sell too. I buy just about everything because the AppStore is so cheap and I'm used to console prices.

      • ducksFANjason

        Why are they bothering to release the CoD game then? Hasn't the press alerted them that SolidFart thinks their game is gonna blow? They should just stop production and close up shop.

        I don't understand why people post assinine comments that completely trash a game that hasn't even been released yet... The game could be dramatically different than any preview build they've given out so far. Why don't you try holding your tongue until it's released? Then, if it comes out and you still want to flood the internet with you ignorant and uninformed opinion, there won't be a rational reason for reasonable people to ignore you. I prefer my opinions to have more substance behind them than just "Their preview looks bad" or "I've heard it's bad so it sucks."

      • ratsinheat

        Your information is weirdly ignorant too. You're hoping the game will be drastically different from what they have previewed it to be? Makes more sense to assume the preview is a, well, preview of the game. If the preview sucks, it's likely the game will too.

        Furthermore, their track record is bad. This isn't a AAA company. They're bad devs who cash in.

  • mguniverse

    Warhawk on iPad, it's all I ever wanted.

  • Firetruck94

    Awesome, now we need valve

    • Shadowking2214

      Hell yeah,left 4 dead 2 and team fortress 2 ftw

  • MicroByte

    I'm one of the rare few that actually liked Resistance on the Vita. It wasn't the most stellar game, but was a decent fps.

    Sad to see them leave the portable console world since that seems to be the general trend. I like traditional portables as well as iOS an hopes they could compliment each other. If apple could standardize a physical control implementation that rivaled the Vitas, I wouldn't care as much. Shoehorning physical controls onto a touchscreen only works to a point.

    • witedahlia

      Agree about liking traditional portables as well as iOS. I love my Vita (and my DS3); I hope studios continue working for all consoles and platforms.

  • http://slapshot82.wordpress.com/ Chris I.

    I think Nihilstic will be much better suited in the mobile atmosphere. They've always been a good developer, but they've also been given some crummy projects to hash out by Sony as well - I don't think it's all their fault that their games have been sub-par. Really curious to see what they've got up their sleeves now!  

  • Greyskull

    Great. I bet they'll release 1 gig plus games. I DON'T HAVE ANY MORE ROOM!