Ken Levine Disbands Irrational Games, Studio Behind BioShock

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Nimrod

fuck good

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CaptainFabulous

Nice job Levine. Way to shaft all the underpaid hard-working people that helped make you a millionaire. "Oh, I'm bored with this 'big development' stuff and want to get back to simpler times. And oh, by the way, you're all fired. But thanks for making me millions over the years. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. B'bye now."

Fucking douchebag.

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Nimrod

stfu you stupid tool

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The Mac

Hes baaaaaaackk....

lol

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Biceps

This is great news. The first Bioshock was a masterpiece, the following games each progressively less so. I hope Levine's new found freedom will allow him to recapture the greatness his company's early days.

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Nimrod

you are correct

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The first Bioshock was a kiddie console shooter on rails, woefully overrated, and technically inept. Hardly a masterpiece.

Levine is good at taking credit for others' hard work. Hopefully, he finds it harder to find anyone willing to prop him up after this fiasco.

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Nimrod

you are a moron

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dgrmouse

If their newly "refocused" goal is to produce a game half as memorable as Bioshock (presumably on 1/10th the budget), then they shouldn't even bother.

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jtrpop

Having played all the Bioshock games (primarily for the setting), maybe he will make a game that is not the exact same game.

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FatOldGuy

I disliked damn near everything about Bioshock Infinite, The Original was ok.

Frankly I find Ken Levine a bit pretentious.

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fung0

I agree 110% about BS Infinite. Bloated, boring and pretentious from end to end.

As for Levine... his announcement is very odd. It basically says that he's put almost the entire staff of Irrational out of work, on what amounts to a personal whim. Even though he doesn't actually own the studio - 2K does. And why would 2K kill Irrational? If Levine wanted to leave, wouldn't it make more sense to just replace him?

Unless, of course, 2K wanted to close the studio in the first place. In which case, this could be just another typical 'downsizing' move - keeping the top exec (Levine) while dumping the staff. It wouldn't be easy to paint a big smiley face on that... but spinning a yarn about Levine chasing his dream might at least confuse things.

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The Mac

Contractual obligations most likely.

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Carlidan

I really liked the story line of the game. Had a really great ending. But game play was so and so.

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Rift2

Welcome to the circus of Values without Values you don't have a good game politics make a game.

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Random

I skipped Bioshock1 and Bioshock2 and went straight to Bioshock Infinite. I thought the game play was really clunky. I also got tired of the constant talking that went on and on for the entire game. It was very overrated, in my opinion.

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vrmlbasic

If only this could have happened after Bioshock 1 (or before the awful ending of Bioshock 1), preventing them from being associated with Bioshock 2.

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wolfing

Forget Bioshock, they should make Freedom Force 3!

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Neufeldt2002

Love the Bioshock series. Hope 2k don't wreck it.

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Innomasta

Internal struggles, methinks.

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bjoswald

So does this mean BioShock: Infinite was a piece of crap and didn't sell well?

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JosephColt

It was a very enjoyable single player game in my opinion. It's going to be opinion if you like or hate it, simple as that.

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Renegade Knight

It means the guy wants to be a big fish in a smaller pond instead of just enjoying his success or stepping down to be the team lead of a smaller team.

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wolfing

oh no, it sold extremely well. More likely I think they actually didn't want to do what the 'big heads' wanted, to Call of Dutysize Bioshock(i.e. churn a new Bioshock every 6 months).

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jimmthang

I personally enjoyed the game. Pure conjecture on my part here, but I imagine that yes, it probably could have sold better and that the company thinks its better to invest in smaller, lower-budget projects. 

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jimmthang

Actually, according to Joystiq, the game sold pretty well (4 million): http://www.joystiq.com/2013/07/30/bioshock-infinite-sales-pass-4-million/ 

So take that for what you will.