Ken Levine announced today that Irrational Games will be shutting down. For all the details on what’s next, see inside.
Ken Levine announced today in a message to the fans that Irrational Games will be shutting down and that he will be refocusing his energy on a smaller team making games for the core audience.
Ken had this to say on Irrational shutting down:
“Seventeen years is a long time to do any job, even the best one. And working with the incredible team at Irrational Games is indeed the best job I’ve ever had. 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. 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.
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.”
Ken then went on to talk about the future:
“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.
When I first contemplated what I wanted to do, it became very clear to me that we were going to need a long period of design. Initially, I thought the only way to build this venture was with a classical startup model, a risk I was prepared to take. But when I talked to Take-Two about the idea, they convinced me that there was no better place to pursue this new chapter than within their walls. After all, they’re the ones who believed in and supported BioShock in the first place.”
It certainly will be an adjustment without Irrational Games after a wonderful series with BioShock that many people have come to love and respect but, I have no doubt Ken and his new team will bring many more great experiences to the masses before long.
See the whole message from Ken Levine at http://www.irrationalgames.com/