In what has become my "bummer of the day" it seems Irrational Games, the company that brought us BioShock, BioShock Infinite and Freedom Force is closing down.

"We built Rapture and Columbia, the Von Braun and The Rickenbacker, the Freedom Fortress and some of the nastiest basements a SWAT team ever set foot into. We created Booker and Elizabeth, the Big Daddy and the Little Sister, MidWives and ManBot. In that time, Irrational has grown larger and more successful than we could have conceived when we began our three-person studio in a living room in Cambridge, MA. It’s been the defining project of my professional life.

Now Irrational Games is about to roll out the last DLC for BioShock Infinite and people are understandably asking: What’s next?

Seventeen years is a long time to do any job, even the best one. And working with the incredible team at Irrational Games is indeed the best job I’ve ever had. While I’m deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished together, my passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before. 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.

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.

Well damn. That said, Ken is a pretty talented guy and I wish him and his team well!

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/19/2014 at 02:47am

I definitely look forward to seeing what Ken Levine does in the future. He's become like my David Fincher for video games. If he's attached to it, I want to play it.

But no more Irrational-developed Bioshock makes me sad.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 02/19/2014 at 03:13am

I agree, not seeing another game after BioShock Infinite is pretty sad. Then again, I guess we will always have BioShock and BioShock Infinite.

Kind of wondering if I should push off any hope of a Steam Machine port of those games.... *sigh*

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/19/2014 at 04:06am

I wouldn't totally give up on it. I mean, Take Two still has access to all that code.

And maybe that's one of the AAA games Gabe will announce soon. They may have it ready, waiting for release.

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