If you can squint back about seven years, you’ll remember when Blacklight Retribution was a going concern on the pages of Massively-that-was as a free-to-play multiplayer shooter with a cool sci-fi, almost cyberpunk setting. It changed hands a few times between studios, substudios, and even publisher PWE at one point before finding refuge with developer Hardsuit Labs. Unfortunately, after several years on Steam, Hardsuit now says it’s calling it quits.
“All good things must come to an end, and so it is with Blacklight Retribution,” the studio writes.
“Why is this happening? The reality is Hardsuit Labs has been engaged for some time now in some very interesting projects that require the full focus of the development teams and leadership. The studio capacity and resources are and have been entirely engaged with these projects and will be for the foreseeable future. As such, we officially will no longer be patching, updating, or doing technical support for Blacklight Retribution. Account migration will officially shut down as of today, as will the official support site.”
It looks like you have until March 11th, when the PC game servers go offline for good, to make use of the cash shop, where everything is now free. It goes appear that the PS4 version will stay up in maintenance mode for now, “since there are no game servers being hosted for it.”