UncategorizedFebruary 19, 2014

BioShock creator Irrational Games is closing down

Irrational Games, the developer of the hit games BioShock and BioShock Infinite, is calling it quits. Once I seen it on Facebook a few days ago, I was very sad. I started playing all the Bioshock recently. I just finished Bioshock Infinite last month. I LOVE IT! Last year once I seen the commercials of Bioshock Infinite, I know I was go be in love with it! I did.


Ken Levine, head of the studio, announced the news on Tuesday, saying all but 15 employees would be let go as he and a core team begin a "smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor." (Very sad huh?)


"Seventeen years is a long time to do any job, even the best one," Levine wrote. "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."

The studio’s flagship franchise, BioShock, is beloved by players and industry insiders, but its sales were never quite as high as expected. Levine says the BioShock series has generated retail revenues of over $500 million;  nothing to sneeze at -- but given the long development cycles of both BioShock and BioShock Infinite, insiders say the company had hoped for much stronger numbers. (Irrational was not responsible for development of BioShock 2.)


While Levine and Irrational are now done with BioShock, don't expect the series to go away. Another unnamed 2K Games studio is expected to take over management of the franchise.

"I’m handing the reins of our creation, the BioShock universe, to 2K so our new venture can focus entirely on replayable narrative," he says.

Irrational is just the latest well-known developer suffering from a changing game landscape. Turbine Studios, the developer of Lord of the Rings Online and the upcoming superhero multiplayer game Infinite Crisis, was hit with layoffs last week. Earlier this month, Disney Interactive announced to let go of several hundred employees.

After all, Bioshock is not going anywhere. I'm happy about that and so should you. I was not expecting that. With Irrational Games, NO! I'm a big fan of Bioshock. That's all til next time everyone!