By Stan Rezaee
The news that Irrational Games, creators of the BioShock -series, will be shut down has shocked the gaming world while leaving fans mortified. Many are also outraged by the decision as contributing to the industries exploitative business model.
The announcement was made in a blog written by Ken Levine and posted on the companies website. The news has taken the gaming media by surprise due to the success of BioShock: Infinite.
Among those shocked by the announcement was Erik Kain of Forbes.com who stated, "BioShock Infinite, which released last year, was met with both critical praise and financial success, making the shutdown of Irrational all the more unexpected."
Hayden Digman of PC World stated in a blog post, "For all its faults—for all the times Irrational reached and didn't quite get there—the fact remains it was one of the only studios even trying to make a change in the AAA game space."
Gamers were also shocked and mortified by the announcement while wishing the best for the staff. Mikefizzled, an N4G user stated, "Just read this and I cannot believe it. At least they ended on a very very high note. Good luck to everyone for their future endeavors. They deserve it."
However many gamers were also outraged by the announcement as they view the move as unfair to the 15 employees who would not be joining Levine new venture. The business models that results in laying people off after a project has become very common in the game industry which has lead to major backlash from disgruntled employees and gamers.
The comment section of CNET was dominated by users who are critical of how the game industry treats its employees. Readers of The Verge also expressed smiler critics of the game industries business model.
Irrational Games was established in 1997 by Ken Levine and was a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. While well known for creating the BioShock -series and System Shock 2, the studio also developed SWAT 4 and Freedom Force.