Zombie Studios Taking Blacklight FPS Sequel Free-To-Play

The sequel to downloadable first-person-shooter Blacklight: Tango Down will be a free-to-play title supported by sales of premium content, according to developer Zombie Studios.
The sequel to downloadable first-person-shooter Blacklight: Tango Down will be a free-to-play title supported by sales of premium content. Zombie Studios CEO Mark Long told Big Download he was inspired to make the change based on the success of the model in international markets and non-traditional domestic settings. "Free-to-play is the model in Asia," he said. "It's exploding in China growing fast in Europe and emerging here in Facebook and iOS games." Released as a download last July on the PC and Xbox 360 and in October on the PS3, the original Blacklight: Tango Down cost $15. The game received generally mediocre reviews from the press, but sold over 100,000 copies in its first three weeks on Xbox Live, according to an August press release. Tentatively titled simply Blacklight, the sequel will include all new content, including the ability to control walking mechs, Long said. The new title's publisher and release date are still up in the air. Turbine Entertainment recently announced revenues for its Lord of the Rings Online MMO had tripled since the formerly subscription-based title went free-to-play last September. Other MMOs including Cryptic's Champions Online, Flying Labs' Pirates of the Burning Sea and Sony Online Entertainment's Everquest II also went the free-to-play route in 2010. In the first-person-shooter genre, EA's Battlefield Heroes has been one of the highest profile free-to-play titles. A year after its June 2009 release, the title had attracted over 4.8 million registered players that had cumulatively logged over 29 million hours of play time, according to an EA press release.

Latest Jobs


Hybrid, Cambridge, MA or Chicago, IL
Quality Assurance Lead

Bladework games

Remote (United States)
Senior Gameplay Engineer

High Fidelity, Inc.

Game Interaction Designer

Fred Rogers Productions

Hybrid (424 South 27th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Producer - Games & Websites
More Jobs   


Explore the
Advertise with
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer


Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Advertise with

Game Developer

Engage game professionals and drive sales using an array of Game Developer media solutions to meet your objectives.

Learn More
Follow us


Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more