Irrational Games co-founder Ken Levine confirms today that the studio behind critically acclaimed titles like System Shock 2 and the BioShock franchise will finally be shutting its doors after seventeen years of esteemed service.
In an open letter posted on Irrational's website, Levine explains his desire to basically reboot with a new studio that promises a "more direct relationship with gamers." Unfortunately that means upending Irrational as we know it, with only about fifteen of the studio's current members to join Levine.
Levine's proposed venture will still be under the watchful gaze of Take-Two Interactive, though he had initially considered going the startup route. That doesn't seem to affect his goal to work with a smaller team to create "replayable narrative" games intended for digital distribution. The fate of the BioShock franchise meanwhile now lies with Take-Two's 2K Games arm.
BioShock Infinite was Neoseeker's Game of the Year for 2013.