In a somewhat shocking turn of events Ken Levine has made the decision to wind down Irrational Games, the studio behind the BioShock series. In a an open letter to fans Mr Levine has wrote that after seventeen years it’s time to start a new endeavour within Take-Two, focusing on new games with just a team of fifteen other Irrational workers, while the rest will be laid off.
“I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I’ll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two. That is going to mean parting ways with all but about fifteen members of the Irrational team. 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.
In time we will announce a new endeavor with a new goal: To make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable. To foster the most direct relationship with our fans possible, we will focus exclusively on content delivered digitally.”
The future of the new focus is still unclear and it isn’t confirmed whether this smaller team will continue with the Irrational name. What is fact is that this team will no longer be working on the BioShock games. However, that does not necessarily mean BioShock is dead as the reins to that series are being handed over to 2K who will decide the fate of the title. Whether this means any projects that may have been in the works, like BioShock Vita, will be finished is again unknown.
In my opinion the BioShock games are some of the best games I’ve had the pleasure to experience, and I can only thank the team at Irrational Games for that. For all of those who are being let go we would sincerely like to wish you luck in finding new placements quickly.
Source: Irrational Games