Developer Hardsuit Labs announced on February 8th that support and PC servers for Blacklight: Retribution, their long-running free-to-play shooter, will be coming to an end on March 11th. The announcement coincided with the removal of all in-game purchases on PC, unlocking all store content for players to use until the servers are shut down.
Account migration on PC also ended alongside support through future updates or patches. The PlayStation 4 version “will continue to operate as-is”, carrying on the legacy of the game and the Blacklight series which dates back to 2010. The full announcement follows:
All good things must come to an end, and so it is with Blacklight: Retribution.
Thank you for so much for your loyal support, and love over the years. From the initial PC Closed Beta in November 2011 to today, it has been a great 7+ years. The joy that we got out of Blacklight: Retribution is a testament to you the fans; your loyalty, dedication, support, and ultimate willingness to try our fun, quirky FPS.
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.
Starting today, all items in the PC store will be made free, and we hope that you continue to enjoy the game and items up until the PC servers are shut down on March 11th, 2019. The PS4 version of Blacklight Retribution will continue to operate as-is since there are no game servers being hosted for it.
We welcome your feedback, comments, questions, and memories on our social media @PlayBlacklight or @HardsuitLabs, our Reddit community here and the BLR Discord channel.
As a studio, Blacklight: Retribution will always have a special place in our hearts. One that is largely due to our amazing community, so thank you to all the Blacklight: Retribution fans out there.
Until March 11th you can continue to sign up and play the game on Steam or start over with a new profile on PlayStation 4. I’ve got the date added to the Watch List calendar and a page in the works to go up in March. Thanks to FallenRyan for submitting Eurogamer’s article to the site.