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Irrational's hiring again almost a year after 'winding down'


Who wants to work with Ken?
Nov 24
In February, Ken Levine (bio)shocked the gaming world by announcing that Irrational Games was shutting down. Well, sort of. The plan was to lay off the majority of the staff, and continue forward as a small group dedicated to... read
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Black Glove PS4

The Black Glove slides onto PS4 with a real good park job


From BioShock and BioShock Infinite devs
Oct 28
Look, it's an Ace Ventura reference is what I'm doing, okay? It makes sense. Don't hassle me. As much sense as every other "[game] [verbs] [onto]" headline. "Cagney and Lacey Golf tees off on Wii"? Step the heck off.   ... read
The Black Glove photo
The Black Glove

Former BioShock devs doing BioShock-looking The Black Glove


An 'eerie, surrealistic, first-person game'
Oct 06
The Black Glove. Huh, I'm into this weird thing. It's obviously reminiscent of BioShock, but the whole manipulating artists to change things sort of brings to mind this year's Ether One. Could turn out neat. Good job so... read
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BioShock on Vita

BioShock on Vita probably would have been like Final Fantasy Tactics


Key words here are 'would have been'
Jul 08
An installment in the BioShock series for the PlayStation Vita may be one of Ken Levine's only wishes for the franchise that will go unfulfilled. Levine's longing for one of his signature games on the handheld device is ... read
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Former Irrational staff form new studio, announce their first game


What's the phrase about shutting up and taking money
Jun 03
It's been about four months since we first got the news that Irrational Games would be shutting down, and as some expected, some former staff have regrouped in a new studio called Day for Night Games. The studio boasts some b... read
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BioShock

Somebody put BioShock assets in Unreal Engine 4


The end result is pretty good, all things considered
Apr 29
The original BioShock ran on (a heavily modified version of) Unreal Engine. That was almost seven years ago. What would the game look like running on the newest iteration, Unreal Engine 4? Someone had that same thought and p... read
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Irrational's swan song
BioShock Infinite had an interesting run, with player reception all over the board. Some loved it, some hated it, others reveled in its celebration of violence, some disapproved. It's probably going to be a long time bef... read feature

BioShock statue photo
BioShock statue

Is Elizabeth your spunky waifu? Why not buy a $250 statue?


Highway robbery at sea
Mar 11
Here's a thing you can buy if you have too much money on your hands and don't want to give it to those in need: this limited run Noir Elizabeth BioShock Infinite statue is available for pre-order. It's $250, but only 400 were... read
BioShock photo
BioShock

Irrational devs recall proudest moments from their last BioShock DLC


I'm getting a little veklempt
Mar 11
In this reflective look back at the soon-to-be released final DLC for BioShock Infinite, members of the team at Irrational Games talk about the elements of the experience they are most individually proud of. There are also l... read
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1998 Mode

Irrational introduces 1998 Mode to BioShock Infinite DLC


Get your stealth on
Feb 27
One of the biggest and most widely-held criticisms of BioShock Infinite had to do with all the violence. Many thought that it did a disservice to the narrative by being too over-the-top. Irrational aims to make amends of... read
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DTOID News is wearing a dumb scarf
Hey everybody, I’m back from Japan! And here’s your quasi-timely news update for the first two thirds of this week. Irrational Games closed, pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order gets you a beta for the new and... read feature

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Irrational indies

Fire Hose gives free office space to ex-Irrational indies


It'd be rude to burn down the building, Milton
Feb 20
In the wake of the unfortunate news of Irrational Games shutting down, many of the studio's staff are bound to be left unemployed. While many will surely go on to work for other companies, some will likely take a shot at begi... read
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Levine forming smaller team focused on highly-replayable narrative-driven games
"I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it," wrote co-founder Ken Levine in a post that comes as an utter shock. "I'll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two. That is going to mean ... read feature

BioShock Infinite photo
BioShock Infinite

Burial at Sea video reintroduces some familiar faces


Steven's better with the sea puns
Feb 12
It's not often that I post a video and recommend that nobody actually watch it, but here we are. Just like the preview clip from two weeks ago, this Burial at Sea: Episode Two behind-the-scenes video is full of spoilers... read
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Hats!

BioShock themed goodies come to Team Fortress 2


Free with BioShock: Infinite Season Pass
Feb 09
Who doesn't love a shiny new hat, or two, to wear during their Team Fortress 2 shenanigans? Well if you've been looking to spruce up the old noggin with a little BioShock love, then Irrational Games has a treat for you..... read
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Burial at Sea

The Burial at Sea: Episode Two trailer might ruin the fun


It gets a little spoilery
Jan 28
So, I have about a million things that I want to say about this BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea: Episode Two trailer, but can't for running the risk of spoiling it for those that want the purest experience possible. If ... read
BioShock Infinite photo
BioShock Infinite

The Tea Party doesn't understand BioShock Infinite


Conservative group confuses satire with propaganda
Dec 16
Satire: the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. It's not every day when an ultra-c... read
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A conflicted return to Rapture
BioShock Infinite was one of the most polarizing releases in recent memory among the gaming community. While a number of critics lauded it as an apex for Irrational, many fans were left feeling underwhelmed by certain facets ... read feature

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Ken Levine

Levine to receive recognition at Golden Joystick Awards


The show's first ever Lifetime Achievement award
Oct 23
Ken Levine, one of the most well-known and respected developers in the videogame industry, will be honored at this year's Golden Joystick Awards with a Lifetime Achievement award. Throughout the course of the show's 31-year h... read
BioShock Infinite DLC photo
Spoilers, obviously
BioShock Infinite's Burial At Sea Episode 1 is on the way, and you can get a quick look at the first five minutes courtesy of Irrational Games above. Although there are obvious spoilers as to the setup of the DLC, not a whol... read feature

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A cold, jaded lady
Warning: Minor plot/theme spoilers  BioShock Infinite - Burial at Sea: Episode 1 ends on an interesting note to say the least, and I'm curious to see what is in store for the next episode. When it was announced, Burial a... read feature

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All assets have been redone, breathing in new life to Rapture
Warning: minor plot spoilers I swore hand over heart that I would not spoil the resolution of Burial at Sea, so that will remain a mystery until the rest of you fine citizens get to enjoy it before the holidays. However, to g... read feature

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2K Games

Rod Fergusson heading up new 2K Games studio


Working on an unannounced project
Sep 26
Former Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson left Irrational Games earlier this year after joining the team during the tail-end of development on BioShock Infinite. The fact that he moved on is no secret, but he has only today ... read
Burial at Sea details photo
Burial at Sea details

BioShock's Burial at Sea focuses on small scale, stealth


Sea you in Rapture
Aug 26
The intriguing BioShock Infinite DLC Burial at Sea features a return to BioShock 1's Rapture, prior to its downfall. Also, it's film noir as heck. Chinatown with splicers. I'm all about this; I'm always ringing the "more noir... read
Bioshock Burial at Sea photo
Bioshock Burial at Sea

See Elizabeth's new duds in Bioshock's Burial at Sea


Are you enraptured by Elizabeth's bioshocking new look?
Aug 10
We recently got word that the next DLC for Bioshock Infinite would be the two-part Burial at Sea, which brings Booker and Elizabeth to Rapture on the eve of its downfall. Also, it's film noir as heck. Chinatown with splicers.... read
BioShock photo
BioShock

Ken Levine hasn't stopped pushing for BioShock Vita


Fight the good fight
Aug 02
Years. It's been years since we first heard talk of a possible BioShock port to PlayStation Vita. Has any progress been made on that front? Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine tells Kotaku that he's still fighting f... read
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BioShock: Burial At Sea, RIP Fez II, GTA has purple cars


The Destructoid Show says a swearword
Jul 30
Hey gang! Here's today's Destructoid Show. Because Tuesdays. The first BioShock Infinite DLC has been released, with later DLC plans revealed, and Caitlin sat down with Ken Levine himself to discuss it. Fez II has been ... read
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Returning to Rapture on the eve of its downfall
Irrational Games, and Ken Levine in particular, have been known for creating games with innovative narratives and unique gameplay. BioShock Infinite is no different, and we expect the same for the remaining downloadable cont... read feature

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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea set on the eve of Rapture's downfall
Irrational Games revealed the intentions for their remaining BioShock Infinite downloadable content plans to follow up the Clash in the Clouds DLC: Burial at Sea, a Booker and Elizabeth tale set on the eve of Rapture's down... read feature

BioShock Infinite DLC photo
Clash in the Clouds is an arena-based combat game
We're here folks! Breathe that big ol' sigh of relief because by midday you'll see BioShock Infinite's first piece of downloadable content, Clash in the Clouds, available for download on the PC through Steam. Clash in the C... read feature

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Super Best Guide is the best guide to super games!
Happy Indie Pendants Day! Your ol' pal Jim Sterling is British, which means he has to hide indoors today, lest the Americans find and murder him. Fortunately, it's allowed me time to polish my ultimate guide to BioShock Infinite, the hot new game everybody's talking about.  Learn the best tactics, the most useful skills, and the weapons you'll need to blow Columbia up! What a lovely time. read feature

BioShock Infinite DLC photo
BioShock Infinite DLC

Find out about the BioShock Infinite DLC later this month


Late-July announcement confirmed
Jul 01
With the lack of specifics on Irrational Games' first major DLC for BioShock Infinite, I had almost forgotten it was happening, but then again, I'm not a season pass holder. For some of you, "Columbia's Finest" was an unpleas... read






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