After 17 years one of the stand out games development companies, Irrational Games is to close its doors and shut up shop.
Irrational Games are behind the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Bioshock series with Bioshock Infinite being its most recent release.
An announcement was made yesterday by Ken Levine from Irrational Games. In the statement he outlined the reasons why he had taken the decision to close down Irrational Games. In the statement he says:
“I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I’ll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two. That is going to mean parting ways with all but about fifteen members of the Irrational team. There’s no great way to lay people off, and our first concern is to make sure that the people who are leaving have as much support as we can give them during this transition”.
Kevin goes on to talk about the potential future of the Bioshock franchise with regards to Irrational Games closure.
“Thanks to Irrational and 2K’s passion in developing the games, and the fans who believe in it, BioShock has generated retail revenues of over a half billion dollars and secured an iconic place in gaming. 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”.
This seems to give some hope to fans that there will be a future for the Bioshock franchise.
For the full statement please click here: Statement From Kevin Levine
We here at JoypadAndMe wish to thank the entire team from Irrational Games for their hard work and dedication in bringing one of the most well-known and highly regarded series to both is and fans everywhere. We hope that every member of the team can find new places to go and continue their amazing work.
Quotes taken from statement released on Irrational Games website.