Today, Ken Levine announced on the official site for Irrational Games that the studio is closing down. The game studio will ship the last bit of BioShock Infinite DLC, and then the studio will shutdown for good.
The bad news is that the developers at Irrational Games will have to be let go. Levine ends his letter with a suggestion:
If you’re a 3rd party interested in interviewing some of the best game developers in the world, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The reason behind the shutdown is simple, Levine says he wants to move on to new projects. He figured that the best way to accomplish this is to leave the studio in which he co-founded over 17 years ago.
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.
Irrational Games will soon be no more, so unfortunately we will not be seeing another BioShock anytime soon. The good news is that Levine will still be creating games.
[via Irrational Games]