Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Breaking News For Bioshock Fans

Irrational Games is shutting down. Ouch. The developer of Bioshock announced the change this afternoon, and the Facebook response has been "WTF, WHY?" Or at least amongst my friends. And I don't blame them. It's such an odd thing for them to be doing. Last year they were only outsold by one other game: Last of Us. That's pretty damn good as far as we're concerned.

Ken Levine, the co-founder, has posted a message on the IG homepage regarding this decision:

"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."

Most of the team will be let go, and a small core group will move to Take-Two to work on other projects.

Still, this is a blow that a major developer is being picked apart to other ventures. I get that sometimes you get tired of a job and want to do something else. But does that mean taking down your entire company with it?

The last DLC for Bioshock:Infinite will be released as scheduled, but after that, Irrational Games is no more. Sorry folks. If there is another Bioshock, it'll be in the hands of Take-Two.


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