Irrational Games is "Winding Down"

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  1. Gahars
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    Irrational Games emerged back in 1997, founded by Ken Levine, Jon Chey, and Rob Fermier. The studio co-developed System Shock 2 to critical acclaim and spoiled pants, and since then has produced a variety of titles, from Freedom Force to SWAT to Bioshock. Their latest release came last year with Bioshock Infinite.

    So, what's next for the acclaimed studio?

    :arrow:Irrational Games

    Talk about a bio-complete surprise.

    But... yeah, that's quite a bombshell. Irrational Games is downsizing and handing over the reins of the Bioshock franchise to 2K, even after Bioshock Infinite's sales success. One can only speculate if this has anything to do with the game's drawn out development cycle, which saw it delayed, dropping multiplayer features, scrapping/rearranging entire story elements, and (supposedly) going massively over budget. After an experience like that, it'd be easy to imagine why he might need a break and/or Take Two might want them cut down.

    If only they just called it "Skyoshock." All of these problems could have been avoided.

    After the release of the last bit of Infinite DLC, it seems that the future of the Bioshock franchise will be in the hands of other studios. Then again, seeing how Bioshock 2 worked out (and what Infinite ended up as), maybe that's not such a bad thing after all.
     


  2. XrosBlader821

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    That's really some serious news.
    Bioshock was such a great quality franchise. There even theory videos around YT showing that floating and underwater cities were possible at the time the games play in.
    I really hope 2K is going to keep that quality and that Irrational Games won't get forgotten.
     
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    No more Bioshock? :c​
     
  4. Clarky

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    probably more if owned by a publisher :P
     
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    I'd seriously hope that.
    Well... that and the same quality as Irrational that is.
     
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    Don't forget to think of the victims.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  7. avran89

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    That means no hope for a new Freedom Force sequel...
     
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    Oh wow, this is a complete surprise. :O :(
    I haven't even started the Burial at Sea DLC yet, and I bought it when it came out at full price because I love Ken's brain that much.

    I hope he goes onto making something other than FPS'es though, the actual shooting parts of infinite felt the most tedious, but I love the story and characters.
     
  9. calmwaters

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    :( How sad. I hope they succeed in their future business endeavours.
     
  10. Celice

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    I'd like to see what comes of their relation with 2K after this. Bioshock Infinite was a serious letdown and decidedly average game for me.
     
  11. GameWinner

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    They promised us!
     
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    Well...that kinda sucks. I was hoping there would be more DLC for Infinite after Burial at Sea :(
     
  13. GamerzHell9137

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    What the frick is going on??

    First Rune Factory and Lufia, then Zero Escape and now Bioshock.

    The gaming world is dying....
     
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  14. user64

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    Wait, what happened to Lufia?
     
  15. GamerzHell9137

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    Neverland Co. died, they made Lufia and RF games.
     
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    Thought when you said RF you meant the cancelled Eupropean release.
     
  17. FAST6191

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    This seems no more brutal than any other year.

    It is a luxury goods market with a main revenue derived from heavy initial investment and subject to the notoriously fickle whims of the public after it is out.
     
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    I disagree, the people who buy games are just as fickle as the people who buy movies or music. It's the entertainment industry....in terms of investment an AAA game has nothing on a AAA Movie

    also R.I.P Rune Factory, you shall never be the same :(
     
  19. stanleyopar2000

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    fuck. there goes my hopes of a System Shock 2 remake = /
     
  20. stephaniie

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    This is good news.
    You cannot milk a cow to much - and I think this is a smart move by Irrational Games.
    It could've gone better like Santa Monica or Naughty Dog who focused their sights on new areas
    as with Last of Us and soon-to-come The order: 1886. But I believe the parted game designers/crew
    will find new areas to explore to create new fun adventures for us :) - the players .