Blizzard hands over the game's development to the studio behind Metal Arms.
Blizzard has released a brief note to the media, stating that Swingin' Ape Studios has been hired to complete development on Starcraft: Ghost. The game's previous developer, Nihilistic, parted ways with the project a couple of weeks ago. The agreement with Swingin' Ape Studios also means they will be working on other multiplatform games once Ghost is completed, which amounts to confirmation of more upcoming console titles from Blizzard.
Swingin' Ape is the team that created Metal Arms: Glitch in the System for Vivendi Universal Games (which is Blizzard's parent company). Metal Arms could be considered a sleeper hit, as quite a few copies have been sold since the game's price was reduced after poor initial sales. Critical reviews for the game were very good, but it struggled for attention amidst the 2003 holiday onslaught of games.