Bioshock Developer Irrational Games Closing Down
Ken Levine, founder of Irrational games, has today announced that the studio, famous for the acclaimed Bioshock series, will effectively be shutting down. Levine says he will be creating a new development team made up of “about fifteen members of the Irrational team” and focusing on “a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor.”
The new team will fall under the banner of Irrational Games parent company Take Two and will “focus exclusively on content delivered digitally.”
Levine also assured outgoing staff that they will receive as much support as possible,
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.
Besides the Bioshock franchise Boston based Irrational Games is also well known for publishing System Shock 2 in 1999. The studio will be greatly missed by the gaming community.
You can read Ken Levine’s full statement here.