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Irrational Games shutting down: BioShock developer winding down, 'new endeavor'

News of Irrational Games shutting down has fans everywhere of the popular “Bioshock” developer lamenting the sudden shuttering of the gaming studio this week. Ken Levine, the head of Irrational Games, said that the big developer will be winding down and starting on a “new endeavor” — one that will be smaller and more focused for the gaming community. PC World shares the details on the massive shift for the PC gaming series and its creation team this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

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In the latest of studios to be saying goodbye, Irrational Games is shutting down. The “Bioshock” developer confirmed today that it will be “winding down” following its latest installment of “Bioshock Infinite” and DLC releases (all of which are pieces of the second part of the “Burial at Sea” addition). After an impressive 17 year in the works as a PC gaming developer — beginning with “System Shock 2” — Irrational Games is changing its direction.

According to the gaming studio head, Mr. Ken Levine, a much smaller, 15-person team within Take-Two will now be working on new endeavors — namely, narrative-focused titles.

"My passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before," wrote Levine on Irrational's blog. "In many ways, it will be a return to how we started: a small team making games for the core gaming audience."

He added that although Irrational Games shutting down might be an initial blow to many fans and gamers, the change is being performed in order to create a more direct relationship with players.

"In time we will announce a new endeavor with a new goal: To make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable … To foster the most direct relationship with our fans possible, we will focus exclusively on content delivered digitally."

With “BioShock Infinite” being a popular and relatively successful game, it’s no doubt that news of Irrational Games slowly winding down will be a difficult process for many aficionados. Saying goodbye to such a noteworthy and obviously talented studio is never easy. Adds the press release:

“As for the BioShock franchise itself, the official rights are now going to be handled by 2k, so it is possible that fans may see another game similar BioShock 2, which was managed by 2k Marin before italso was then closed.”

Are you said to see Irrational Games shutting down? Where do you think the “Bioshock” developer might now be headed in its new endeavors?