A Message From Ken Levine
Just read this and I cannot believe it. At least they ended on a very very high note. Good luck to everyone for their future endeavours. They deserve it.
This is so unexpected. Best of luck to all the meployees
WTF?!?!? Why? I guess they're quitting while they're at the top of their game. They have enough money to go do small passion projects for a while. Maybe they'll come back with a big game after a few years.
That sucks. I was really looking forward to seeing more from them. Bioshock was one of my favorite IP's from the last generation. Best of luck to all of them, and if I could I would buy a good bunch of you up, and we'd be on our way to making greatness for the current generation of consoles.
Where are irrational based? What other studios are in the area that may take advantage of the talent that just became available? Studios close, talent (hopefully) moves on and continues to deliver.
Wow.. What a sad day to be a gamer :\ I just recently got into BioShock games and now irrational closes? </3
@Volkama They're in Boston. They said other 2k teams will be picking people up, but outside of 2k Bethesda is the only developer I know close by. Let me win the Powerball or Mega Millions, and I'll pick them up :D
MY GOD! WTH? This news came out of nowhere! Does this means that the promised Bioshock for Vita is gone too? Sad day indeed but I think they just disband so they can get out of 2k and they are forming their own studio ala Respawn or Bungie! One can hope, right?
What about Bioshock PS Vita ?
Unbelievable. Sad but its real.
Before you leave, where is that Bioshock for Vita that you promised me?
Well i hope that they have a great future but I would have liked so see what they could have done with the PS4.
it's beyond upsetting :(. The future of BioShock games won't have Levine at the helm is devastating, that's on the assumption 2K decides to even make a next gen one. 2KMarin did a real good job on BioShock 2 to be fair. Definitely going to be keeping an eye on what ever he makes. Just feels like an unnecessary closure and end of an era. Next gen BioShock games look bleak now, and that's a damn shame, despite showing some franchise fatigue and massive delays it was one of my favourite game franchises just because it was all quirky mostly playing on the FPS taking it out of the long line of military FPS shooters.
That's very surprising since Irrational Games set a new level of story telling with Bioshock and are in no financial struggle. According to Kevin Levine, he wants to work with a small team for his next project which in a way, doesn't make sense since he can do that while having the rest of the employees work on something else. There's so much talent at Irrational Games and the fact they have to part ways saddens me but hopefully a lot of them join other studios to share their talent with. I wish them the best of luck and hope that they're being taken good care of after the layoffs. Enjoyed their work with all Bioshock games so they deserve the best they can possibly get.
This is so random and it sucks. I loved their games, I will miss the studio. I wonder what will happen to BioShock now?
@people above Why would you want a dumbed down Vita BioShock when they can make a PS4 BioShock and you could play it on your Vita with remote play if you really wanted to? What a waste handhelds are in my opinion. (I own a Vita) Yes, I know, for travel, etc. when you're out of range of remote play. Still, a big waste IMO.
Why do I have a strong feeling it has to do with Obamacare since several companies nationwide are "restructuring" to get around the new laws with it. It seem like he could just downsize and still turn over Bioshock to 2K anyways but keep the name and history of the company going. Most don't shut down a successful business, they either sell it and make Millions or continue to grow it.
This is a sad day I can't believe it, who the hell is going to create the next Bioshock games then. I mean I felt like they added the... "There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city" So they had a good reason to expand the Bioshock series into new directions. New themes, new characters, different setting, unique styles etc So who will continue it now :|
Definitely unfortunate for bioshock fans, but he and his 15 man crew heading to Take-Two will be something to keep an eye on.
"Who the hell is going to create the next Bioshock games then?" I think they should put that series to rest. It's hard to imagine a Bioshock game without Ken Levine working on it. I do however look forward to see what Ken can do with a smaller team. Best wishes to all the talented people that have to go now. I hope they'll find a new job at another studio.
Irrational had nothing to do with BioShock 2. 2k Marin did it all. BioShock 2 is in no way a bad game, so we're not necessarily doomed.
It's a weird one. Studios closing down because it's a cutt-throat industry is not uncommon, even good studios. But that isn't the case here, there is no indication of any financial difficulties at all. While I don't know the full story, my initial impression from this statement is that Ken should be taking better care of his employees. It seems a bit of a jerk move to put good people through redundancy just because you feel like doing something else. Social responsibility starts with those around you. Having said that I don't know the full story, and I don't know what kind of support they're giving to the people being laid off. Hopefully they're doing right be them. Good luck to those out of work.
"I'm bored, so you're all fired" a bit from a tweet I just saw on twitter that completely summarises the whole situation. but I refuse to believe that is the case, far too cruel and unkind. if Ken wanted to go into a new dirrection he could've easily pulled a West & Zampella and started a new studio somewhere else and take a few talents from Irrational with him. lack of money or Take Two giving orders has to be a part of it.
Ken Levine is closing the studio, to start a smaller studio...It's not closing because 2k closed it or Infinite didn't do exceptionally well
The games industry is so unstable, with no long term employment guarantees, where the end of a project means having to find a new job and move with your family somewhere far away. How could they do this to a successful talented team? Just because Ken wants to make casual 'indie' budget games with a higher profit margin than a big budget AAA title? Yeah, that must be it. The money you get for making 2d low budget pixel garbage that you can play through in an hour is just as green as the cash you get for a AAA title that requires hundreds of talented people - who have to paid.
wow! first the fat boys break up...now this!
It is strange... "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" I like all of that except for the part that says we will focus on content delivered digitally... That combined with a small team, are they making a phone game?!? I hope not! It could mean they are going to focus on PSN games or Live arcade games... I mean every AAA type game has had at least the option to buy disks...
all the good news today then boom they hit you with this life is real, i loved Bioshock 1 and infinite wish them the best creative minds like ken Levine will without a doubt create another memorable game.
wow. this really sux.
Unexpected news. Bioshock was an absolute classic in my books and I'm just playing Infinite now and loving it. Good luck to their employees in their future endeavors.
What the hell? This came out of nowhere. What a sad day...
Welp... I give up. http://oyster.ignimgs.com/w...
Just finished Bioshock Infinite a few weeks ago. Finished in part of my major back log of games catch up time before all the ps4 games start rolling in, which starts in March in to the future!
I liked Infinite more than either of the first 2 games, so I'm seriously bummed. This sucks.
Hopefully a studio like Bethesda picks the talent up. That'd be wonderful and they'd fit right in with games like dishonored, wolfenstien, and fallout.
I bet you his next project is mobile. .
probably, its quite crazy how much money these mobile games make. However mobile games are like a lottery its pretty hard to plan something to go viral out of nothing.
At first I thought they did this to get out from 2K games but the fact they are staying under 2K makes me wonder whats the point?? Downsizing is the main reason which makes me think they are just wanting to be the next telltale and make small impact games. At least thats the impression I got from the announcement which sucks really. They will pretty much be known as a one hit wonder with bioshock. Because as great as System Shock was it never hit the same heights thanks to it being pulled from shelves..
Play Bioshock 2.. a good game.. Played Bioshock Infinity a very irregular average game.. maybe is my fault I play it after playing KILLZONE SHADOW FALL.. but it's indeed a very over hyper game, same goes with Metro last light, a very average game that is very over hyped.
Bioshock infinite wasn't over hyped its story was way better than killzone shadowfalls story
lolwut Metro last Light is a great game.
Loved Bioshock. Found Bioshock 2 so boring that I never finished it. Never even tried Infinite. One friend loved it and raved about it, and another felt about it like I did about Bioshock 2 and never finished it. Just goes to show… something… I forget. Anyway, RIP Ken.
Well I never played the original bioshock sadly but I do remember people saying it was better than part 2 which confirms that this devs where going from great to good and now bad from my experience and honest point of view. Bioshock infinity is over hyped, look at meta critics it has a 94 hahha no way that game deserve such a high score, users have a more logical number 84 which I thibk is still way to high for a very average game.. and what history are you talking about? It's very bad and very Masonic stupid paganism stuff.. you got to be a psycho to think that it's a good campaign.
Well that sucks.
Good luck to them, and looking forward to their future....
Maybe games just cost way too much to make for the new current Gen. Systems.
Sony should hire all this talent at once. I wish all the best to everyone affected by this huge setback.
WHAT WHAT WHAT.
I know, right?!?
I found myself wanting to hit the agree button under your comment like 100 times. This is......what the hell is this?!
pretty incredible. if it can happen to them it can happen to pretty much ANYONE
Yep. It's shit like this that makes you realize how crazy and unpredictable real life can be.
WTF.... why but..... seriously can't believe what i am reading....
http://www.youtube.com/watc... I was saying boo-urns
Bioshock series is one of the greatest to come out in the past ten years. Good Luck to everyone. :)
Ken must be tired of creating high end budget software and now wants to focus on creating smaller but quality titles
No,he is now going to focus on creating quality software in the digital space and releasing them on platforms like PSN/XBL/Steam.
Nah, I took it as they want to make smaller Indy-type games on PSN/XBLA and hopefully PC too. Which it's good, we need these types of games, not everything should be AAA. So it's not a goodbye, but it's unfortunate to see people laid off. At least he's giving the employees a heads up, they are a talented bunch and shouldn't have trouble finding work I hope.
He want to start fresh again. Like bioshock 1 .
Could have done that without shutting down an entire company. Even if he does keep making games people will still pay attention so they'll still end up being big.
All the smart money is moving to low budget 'indieware', sniffing the success of minecraft, dayZ, spelunky, and starbound. The triple AAA titles cost too much to make, plain and simple. But most of these indie games are very shallow or gimmicky... ugh not much of an advance...
Yeah a shame but the cost of making a so called AAA game is absurd anymore. Hopefully a fresh break gives him the freedom to come up with some cool new games in the future. Better than being harassed for the next 3 years about the next Bioshock. Great franchise. Adieu.
as long as these guys can keep to making indie games and be careful not to make something over their budget.
I just discovered that news on Twitter and I was dumbfounded... At least I will wait till Ken is going to make his next game but seriously...
WTF!!! Infinite is one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had. GOTY was between TLOU GTA5 and Infinite...I could have gone with anyone of those games. You guys created a Masterpiece.
They were getting too big of a developer, and they knew that devs only get corrupted by publishers once they become big and popular.
A sad day for the industry, but hopefully they will flourish again later down the line