Irrational Games Shutdown

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The creators of Bioshock and System Shock 2, Irrational Games, are now no more, following an announcement from Ken Levine yesterday.

Irrational Games are winding down after the release of the final DLC for Bioshock Infinite. In a statement from studio head Ken Levine yesterday, he said that he’s looking lead a smaller team with a focus on digital content.

“My passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before.” wrote Levine. He continued to state that “To meet the challenge ahead, I need to refocus my energy on a smaller team with a flatter structure and a more direct relationship with gamers. In many ways, it will be a return to how we started: a small team making games for the core gaming audience.

“When I first contemplated what I wanted to do, it became very clear to me that we were going to need a long period of design. Initially, I thought the only way to build this venture was with a classical startup model, a risk I was prepared to take. But when I talked to Take-Two about the idea, they convinced me that there was no better place to pursue this new chapter than within their walls.”

Bioshock will stay with Take-Two, whilst Levine focusses on his new venture, which is set to create “narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable.”

Of course with the wind-up of Irrational there comes the inevitable lay-off of staff, however we can take a little comfort in the following statement - “There’s no great way to lay people off, and our first concern is to make sure that the people who are leaving have as much support as we can give them during this transition.

Besides financial support, the staff will have access to the studio for a period of time to say their goodbyes and put together their portfolios. Other Take-Two studios will be on hand to discuss opportunities within the company, and we’ll be hosting a recruiting day where we’ll be giving 3rd party studios and publishers a chance to hold interviews with departing Irrational staff.”

To read the full message, head on over to Irrational’s website.

How do you feel about the news? What do you think will happen to Bioshock without Ken at the helm? Let us know in the comments below!

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