Ken Levine, one of the founders of Irrational Games, has posted on the company’s official website that the studio is in the process of closing down. Known for the popular BioShock franchise, Irrational will be finishing the remaining downloadable content for BioShock Infinite before closing down. Levine has also mentioned how the company will handle the shift of their current employees;
I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I’ll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two. That is going to mean parting ways with all but about fifteen members of the Irrational team. There’s no great way to lay people off, and our first concern is to make sure that the people who are leaving have as much support as we can give them during this transition.
Besides financial support, the staff will have access to the studio for a period of time to say their goodbyes and put together their portfolios. Other Take-Two studios will be on hand to discuss opportunities within the company, and we’ll be hosting a recruiting day where we’ll be giving 3rd party studios and publishers a chance to hold interviews with departing Irrational staff.
It is upsetting to see a studio like Irrational Games close down, but it is commendable that the company is willing to do its best to find its employees jobs elsewhere. While steps are being taken to make the shift as smooth as possible, it remains to be seen what will become of those employees and the downsized team Ken Levine will be working with.