Irrational Games "Winding Down," Levine Starts New Venture
The team that brought you the incredible Bioshock franchise has been dissolved.
As revealed at the Irrational Games official website, founder Ken Levine is "winding down" the studio and starting a "smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two." Unfortunately, this means that all but fifteen members of the Irrational team will be laid off.
On the plus side, the studio says they'll work to make the transition as easy as possible for the ex-staffers. In addition to financial assistance, they'll proactively attempt to find the talented designers new jobs. As for what Levine's plan is for the future:
"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."
We definitely want to see more narrative-driven experiences from this guy. His Bioshock games always provided us with an unparalleled atmosphere and a wonderful blend of role-playing and first-person shooter mechanics. Here's hoping he can recreate that magic in a different way. I just wish the entire planet wasn't going full-on digital, you know? But it's inevitable.
2/18/2014 4:03:56 PM Ben Dutka