Irrational Games, the company responsible for developing the wildly popular BioShock video game franchise have made the surprising decision to close their doors. The entire development team will be laid off except for 15 of them who will be joining a new company with a focus on digital downloadable and mobile games.
Irrational Games was founded in 1997 by Ken Levine, Jonathan Chey, and Robert Fermier. It was then bought out in 2006 by Take-Two International and had begun publishing their titles under the 2K Games label. Their work on the original BioShock proved to be a massive hit having sold over 3 million copies thanks to the unique storyline and stellar gameplay. BioShock 2 launched just over a year later although Irrational Games was not responsible for developing the sequel as another 2K Games subsidiary took on this role.
Just last year Irrational Games released BioShock Infinite, the 3rd installment to the series and it would be last time that the company would take part in the franchise.
Ken Levine made the following statement on the Irrational Games website earlier today:
“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. “
What does this mean for the fate of the BioShock series? It is far too early to tell exactly, but the good news is that Levine left the game's intellectual rights to 2K Games thus allowing the potential for another continuation of the series on their end.
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