Bioshock Creator to Shut Down Irrational GamesFebruary 18, 2014
Ken Levine tells fans what’s next after seventeen years running Irrational Games.
Today on the Irrational Games homepage, Ken Levine made the announcement that things are ending for the company and he’s starting on something new.
“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.”
It seems that Levine’s days of in depth narratives are not over though, much to the relief of Bioshock fans everywhere.
“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.”
But, what of Bioshock itself? What will happen to it? Levine answers that as well:
“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.”
While it’s sad that the era of Irrational Games has come to an end, Levine’s knack for narratives and creating dark and fanciful worlds like Rapture and Columbia leads us to believe that he can create anything he puts his mind to, even if it is with a new creative team. You can read the entire message from Levine here at the Irrational Games site.
Whatever Levine’s plans are for the future and what eventually brought him to this decision, we wish him all the best of luck in his future endeavors.