Irrational Games founder Ken Levine has announced via an open letter on Irrational Games’ website that the studio known for System Shock 2, BioShock and Freedom Force is closing.
The letter doesn’t give much focus on why, but reading between the lines seems to indicate that Ken is looking to work on lower budget titles that allow him to output content that meets his passions. Levine mentions he’ll be going to Take-Two with a small development team to work on whatever comes next; per Ken’s letter, “To make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable.”
This seems like its out of nowhere based on industry reaction – perhaps an irrational decision? We’ll stay tuned to this for more development.
Update: (2:58PM Atlantic) To further the thought that this is a sudden announcement even to insiders at Irrational, Shawn Elliott, a level designer at IG tweeted an hour ago: “I need a job”