Irrational Games to Close Down
Irrational Games, famous for developing the Bioshock series, will soon close. Ken Levine, co-founder and creative director of Irrational made the announcement on the companies website.
The entire message can be read here, and it’s well worth the read. All but about 15 current Irrational employees will continue on with Levine at Take Two Studios, and the rest are currently now looking for new employment. Many of their tweets were seen today on twitter, either via retweets from other game developers, or their personal twitter accounts. Many in the gaming community have been actively tweeting regarding job openings or links for freelance work for the Irrational staff.
The Community Manager for Irrational had this on his twitter earlier this afternoon:
It’s definitely a surprise to see such a successful game developer shut it’s doors, but hopefully the light on the other side is the new project Levine has in the pipeline;
“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.”
There is a rumor floating that Bioshock Inifinite will be ported to the PSVita, though no one can say for certain that’s Levine’s new project, or if 2K will be handling that. Levine notes how 2K will be taking over the Bioshock in his letter;
“I’m handing the reins of our creation, the BioShock universe, to 2K so our new venture can focus entirely on replayable narrative. If we’re lucky, we’ll build something half as memorable as BioShock.”
Irrational had a seventeen year run, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. I for one wish the best to all those recently laid off due to the closure, and hope that they are able to find new jobs in the industry. I applaud Levine’s efforts to ensure that these employees get interviews with other studios, rather than simply let them fend for themselves. It’s a nice gesture, and hopefully all will land on their feet.
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