It has been announced today by co-founder of Irrational Games, the creators of the hugely successful Bioshock series, that the company is downsizing and moving in a new direction. In a statement from creator of Bioshock Ken Levine on the Irrational Games website, details have been released about the event and the future for Irrational Games.
“I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I’ll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavour at Take-Two,” Levine wrote. “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 has been suggested that Irrational Games are changing to focus on smaller, digitally releasable games with a replayable and narrative game style.
“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,” Levine wrote. “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.”
Words by Louise Egan