BioShock Creator Closing Studio

BOSTON (CBS Connecticut) – Ken Levine, the man behind the blockbuster BioShock video games, has announced he’s closing Irrational Games.

In a written statement on the Irrational Games website, Levine said it was time to close shop after 17 years.

“To meet the challenge ahead, I need to refocus my energy on a smaller team with a flatter structure and a more direct relationship with gamers. In many ways, it will be a return to how we started: a small team making games for the core gaming audience.”

Levine says 2007’s BioShock and its sequels, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite have earned a half-billion dollars in retail sales.

The games have been critically acclaimed for their compelling narratives, spooky atmospheres and intuitive gameplay.

Levine says he wants to work with a smaller team to focus on games with strong stories and replayability.

The new company will remain within Take Two-Interactive, the studio which released BioShock Infinite through its 2K label, which will retain the rights to BioShock.

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