BioShocked! Irrational Games shutting down.

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Ken Levine announced today on the Irrational Games website that the company we’ll be closing so he can focus on making smaller, more focused games. Irrational Games was famous for the BioShock series as well as classics game like Freedom Force. It was born from a group, including Levine, while working on System Shock. Levine will take 15 employees with him to form his new venture, leaving the remaining staff members on the job market.

Similar to the 38 Studio shut down, twitter users immediately step up using the hashtag #IrrationalJobs to help the nearly 200 employees find openings within other companies in the industry. 2k Games, who published BioShock will also be conducting interviews with the team for openings elsewhere in the company. There will also be an open house for third party developers to come in a meet with the staff for opportunities.

Ken Levine says on the site that “seventeen years is a long time to do any job, even the best one.” He goes on to say he is “deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished together” and that his “passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before.” His new, smaller effort will stay at Take-Two and focus on more “narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable.”

The studio is about to release their last product, the DLC update to last years BioShock Infinite. After which it appears the BioShock franchise will fall into 2K Games hands to continue on it the future. He’s is hoping that the talented people behind a classic series are able to land on the feet. Any developers interested in interviewing any of the staffers contact chris.bigelow@2k.com.