Ken Levine, co-founder of Irrational Games and the brain behind System Shock 2 and the Bioshock franchise, has decided to close the studio and start over with a smaller group of people.

Writing on the studio’s website, Levine has stated he is planning on “winding down” Irrational Games.

“Seventeen years is a long time to do any job, even the best one. And working with the incredible team at Irrational Games is indeed the best job I’ve ever had,” he wrote.

“While I’m deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished together, my passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before. 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.”

After the closure of Irrational Games, Levine will be opening a new studio within Take-Two Interactive.

“I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I’ll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two.”

“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,” Levine wrote about his new studio’s future endeavors. “To foster the most direct relationship with our fans possible, we will focus exclusively on content delivered digitally.”

2K Games will take over the Bioshock IP once Irrational Games is no more.

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