Irrational Games To Shut Down, Select Few To Start New Studio

Irrational Games, the developer behind the much-lauded BioShock series, has announced today that they will be “winding down”, and studio head Ken Levine will be starting a new company within Take-Two.

Levine had this to say about his new endeavor:

“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. 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.”


Levine stated that he originally wanted to form a completely new start-up company, but that Take-Two convinced him to keep his new studio “within their walls”.  Levine went out of his way to explain that he plans to take care of his departing staff as much as possible, and will be holding “a recruiting day where we’ll be giving 3rd party studios and publishers a chance to hold interviews with departing Irrational staff.”

It is always sad to see such a great studio disband, and we wish the best to the Irrational staff.  That said, it will be very interesting to see what Levine wants to do with his new studio.  He repeatedly talks about wanting extreme replayability in his new game.  That could mean a multiplayer title, but that hasn’t traditionally been something he has been interested in.  Could we see a procedurally generated title?  These are known for their replayability, but have struggled with creating engaging narratives.  Could Levine try to put that puzzle together?  No one knows yet, but you can be sure we will be keeping an eye on it.