Laid off BioShock Infinite staff offered free office space by Boston developer

"We can’t sit by and watch all this potential development talent evaporate."

Boston developer Fire Hose Games, who helped work on Rock Band Blitz, Dance Central, and the PC version of Ms. Splosion Man, has offered free desk space to developers in the area looking to pursue indie development.

The developer says that there's been a "lot" of layoffs in the Boston development scene lately, including at BioShock Infinite developer Irrational Games earlier this week.

"Most of the developers laid off are probably wondering 'What am I going to do next?', and some are considering going indie and releasing their own games," says a post on the Fire Hose Games site. "Meanwhile we’re in the process of setting up an indie game seed fund designed to support Boston area indie teams, though we’re not quite ready to start taking on applications for that yet as we’re still getting our ducks in a row."

"We can’t sit by and watch all this potential development talent evaporate, especially considering our mission to help other indie devs. So we’re going to do what we can to help!"

"I hope the silver lining of these layoffs are that we get more great indie games out of Boston!"

Interested developers can apply directly to Fire Hose Games.

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28 comments
Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Irrational in a nut shell.

hystavito
hystavito

Totally free, no strings?  I'm suspicious :).

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

That's pretty incredible. This could lead to great things when desperate, talented developers who would've never normally met come together, it's do or die if they go the indie route. We could get some pretty great games out of this experiment. Keep it going! 

Daian
Daian

Some good news for those poor people, I hope they continue making great games.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

That's a pretty awesome thing to do. A real sign of quality there. Bravo, Fire Hose.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Good guy moves don't come around that often.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

thats nice. 


the indie scene really needs to stop whoring 2d platformers and puzzle games....i want more. i want game dev stories type game  and paper please

grbolivar
grbolivar

So will AAA games eventually disappear? Everything will be "Indie" now?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Man what a slap in the chops if the only work you can find after working on "Bioshock Infinite" is with the developers of  "Dance Central"

unreal101
unreal101

Great news! The ex-Irrational staff can now get together and form "F*ck Levine Studios".


Seriously, though, it's great that someone appreciates their talent, even if it's not Levine or 2K.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

All those laid-off from irrational should get together and form a new company called outside-the-box or some such thing.

itmustbepaul
itmustbepaul

Not for nothing, but I didn't see people open up like this when, say, EA Chicago or Zipper closed.

playstationzone
playstationzone

the death of big games hello world of crappy indie games and who blame mobile and tablets to blame.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

At least that is something for the laid off developers. Hopefully some of them will take the offer.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

This industry treats it's talent like crap. Even the gamers are scornful. It's a rotten place to work.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

great news for the staffs

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Great news for all those devs who were let go.  Well done.

19James89
19James89

This is fantastic news. 


I hope the talent being released by Irrational Games can be used to create some fantastic new software for us gamers. Best of luck guys and girls.

wallacom
wallacom

@grbolivar  No, but single player AAA games will, it will be all multiplayer or like titanfall, a hybrid.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@unreal101  

You do know Levine held a big opening fair deal for them to find jobs, is continuing to support them, and is actually trying to make sure they find work after the move right?

Levine isn't an assmonkey like EA, he actually cares.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@itmustbepaul Shuttered companies has become more commonplace in the last 2 years.  Also, Irrational was a company that looked to be at the top of their game.  Simply, people tend to have more respect for that.  Unfortunately, ZIPPER was making junk and EA Chicago was...  well...  EA.

The entire games industry is going to re-position around smaller titles with a higher probability of profitability.  Big AAA's are going to be rare outside of the companies that spent years and years and years developing large titles around a common engine.       

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@jimmy_russell  

Please look up how Levine treated those under him and what he is doing to help them find work.