Layoffs at BioShock Infinite developer

Irrational Games lays off eight employees "in an effort to streamline our processes"; job cuts won't affect DLC development "in any way."

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BioShock Infinite developer Irrational Games laid off eight employees today, the Quincy, Massachusetts, developer confirmed with Kotaku.

The job cuts will not affect development of BioShock Infinite's two-part Burial at Sea downloadable content "in any way," Irrational Games said.

"In an effort to streamline our processes I am sad to confirm that we let go a total of eight employees today," a representative for Irrational Games said. "Any studio's greatest asset is the group of people that make up the whole, and as such it was extremely hard to make this decision and there is never a good time for this to happen. As co-workers and friends, we wish them the very best."

Burial at Sea - Episode One and Burial at Sea - Episode Two, narrative-driven content set in the original BioShock's Rapture, will be released at a later date. The content is meant to tie the stories of Elizabeth and Booker together.

In Burial at Sea - Episode Two, players will control Elizabeth "as she seeks to bring closure to her story" and the overall BioShock Infinite narrative.

Episode One and Episode Two will sell for $15 each when they launch. All three expansions are included with the $20 BioShock Infinite DLC season pass.

Discussion

228 comments
SKaREO
SKaREO

I guess Ken Levine decided he doesn't need those 8 employees now that he's already exploited them and cashed in on the big bucks while paying them peanuts.

humanoid_K
humanoid_K

Offtopic, this "Burial at sea" is one of those cases where the DLC should have been the main GAME while Infinite should have been the "optional" DLC...

vadagar1
vadagar1

every time I see the word stream lining I want to nuke something, LIKE REALLY BADLY 

ewjiml
ewjiml

When a company works years on big project such as Bioshock Infinite, they hire additional help to get the job done.  After the project is finished, the additional help goes away.  Why is anybody suprised at this news?

hekifier
hekifier

I have a great idea! Why stop at eight people!? Lay off the entire development team that way we don't have to be subjected to more trash like Biocock Infishit! Keep that shit off the shelves! Keep that shit off of Disney Infinity! And keep that shit off Gamespot!

flameon12346
flameon12346

Why where those eight people fired anyway? And it kinda mess up how some people are making fun of the the way they go fired.

Pendragon101
Pendragon101

This is why I stayed away from 3D development in gaming. Toil away until you want to throw up, work ridiculous hours, get no respect.  And then fired even when the game is wildly successful? You can count me out....

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Hopefully those 8 people will find new work in the videogame industry. 

vadagar1
vadagar1

CEO: hello everyone I know u worked so hard to make this game and make me billions and billions of dollars, which I already spent on whores and gambling and wiping my ass with 100 dollar bills.... but you see, I also want to screw u over, so im gonna layoff pretty much everyone....

KKTHAXBAI

thorn3000
thorn3000

streamline, you gotta love that word....not!...whenever I heard streamline anywhere at any time in any place it always led to crap

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

how can 8 employees make any difference, how about you fire one executive and see how that really makes a difference.

Les Inaminute Haigh
Les Inaminute Haigh

Will when u spend over 70 mill on makeing the game .it was a sure thing

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

AAA production isn't that different from movies it seems, you work on a large project, that project ends, time to "find" the next gig.  

I only wonder if the crew knew this before-hand...somebody should have guessed.  With luck, they'll be the first to get called for the next big game...you know, after they find different work.

I gave up focusing on trying to get into the CG industry off this sentiment alone.  It's constantly unstable.  

If anything, it's a  /if you build it, they will come/ market, which is the silver lining.


ecurl143
ecurl143

I've been through this myself and it isn't nice.

Best of luck to the people who hopefully, working on a recognised title like Bioshock, will find work fairly quickly.

Still a massive upheaval though.

stanknuggetz12
stanknuggetz12

Hmmmm I hope they have plans for next gen bioshock.

DoogyDonDoogy
DoogyDonDoogy

Yeah as cool as this game was, they no doubt went over budget, the constant delays and then the dlc taking forever, which turns out they didn't have in development til sometime after the games release, hopefully this studio bounces back, the cost of development plus the massive marketing campaign costs is probably what did it. 

gosushi
gosushi

Hopefully it was the people responsible for Clash in the Clouds =D

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

And that is why ladies and gents. you never work for American companies. Firing personnel in the rest of the world means your company is failing hard.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Hope they find work. Sucks bad though. Kids on here don't realize how important a job really is. Hope they see how it feels someday when poking fun at others bites them back hard.

nini200
nini200

Bioshock Infinite on the WiiU could OBVIOUSLY benefit from the gamepad even though I'm a Pointer Controls fan.

Now watch some fanboy come and say, "No, it would've done worse if it was on WiiU"

Then I will remind said person with logic that they most likely used which is, "Oh so more people able to play it equal worse?" This is the logic that was used when the fanboys were begging for Rayman Legends to go Multiplat.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

My "give a shit" function must not be working today. So some people lost their jobs, who cares, it happens all the time and no one else here really cares either despite what they may say. Welcome to the obamaconomy and the new world order.

aboki808
aboki808

damn, the game was impressive, the sells must of not recover much of the development cost. that sucks.

karin_2049
karin_2049

"we let go" fu@#$ing stupid words companies use these days. Once again programmers/developers have to suck it up, what a big sh!t. Hope these 8 guys find a better place next time.

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

There should be some law that grants employees a certain period of safe-zone immunity to keep them on pay roll after partaking in an event which results in a companies immediate/long term sucess. Or at least be guaranteed to be supplied with a set percentage of any profit further obtained from the title in which they helped create. 

This always happens, companies lay people off AFTER the game is complete because they do not need them anymore.. Yet the company is allowed to still rake in future profit from that employees hard work? not cool

christian90z
christian90z

@SKaREO Do u really belive levine has any say in that? Sure he gets to decide who he wants to hire but he doesn't decide how big of a team he gets to have. Like all other leads he comes up with a budget for what he need and then the higher ups decide if they will get it or not and for how long.

And devs are very well compensated for big games like this. Sure when GTAV sells for over 1 billion dollars the programmers, animators and artists doesn't exactly get robert downey jr money, but compared to other similar industries they get paid way more in a year then normal people make in 3-5 years.

The only ones hurting in the industry are indie devs with no successful game, but everyone else doesn't exactly live like a fast food employee forced to move back home and have 2 other jobs on the side. 

Hell look at some of the guys on youtube who just plays games, they are now making a living out of it.

THizzle7XU
THizzle7XU

@ewjiml Ya. I don't know why these ignorant game sites keep reporting these as layoffs, like the company just doesn't want to pay them anymore and we should all feel bad for those who "lost" their jobs. More than likely, they were contracted employees whose contract came to an end. They knew this was going to happen. For unemployment or tax purposes, they may have to report this as "layoffs".

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

@thorn3000 is like the word "restructuring", in other words we have to get rid of some people and maker others do twice as much work for the same pay.

humanoid_K
humanoid_K

@helldragonzer NO! Without executives, how in the heck can they make bad decisions and rip us off! Or screw us with DLC BS! Or FIRE employees! Or or... you get it.

locknuts84
locknuts84

@mrboone01 Same. Although I would say Infinite is very good, but the original is amazing.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

@mrboone01 1 and 2 have more suspense and a deeper storyline than infinite. In 1 and 2 you hear the story the entire game and by the end you feel as if you a part of it, specially with the sisters and knowing what has happened to them the entire time, in Infinite it's not until the last hour that you really start to learn the the truth, but by that time so much has happened that it's doesn't really fit the atmosphere.

DoogyDonDoogy
DoogyDonDoogy

@gosushi Clash in the Clouds was garbaaagggee but I hope that's not why they got let go. BI was good but man oh man are they taking 4eva with the DLC next time I'll just wait and buy it upon release if it's from this Dev.  People were wondering what was taking so long until Ken Levine said they were starting from scratch with the DLC, (sighs) smh, it'll  be worth it though you have to know this. 

funkyzoom
funkyzoom

@Bellum_Sacrum 

Yeah, EXACTLY right. In most countries, usually employees are only fired when their performance is not satisfactory, or due to disciplinary reasons. Even in such cases, the senior people hold a meeting and discuss in detail, before deciding to fire or retain an employee. But America doesn't really bother about all this. 'Hire at will, fire at will' is their policy.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Lots of over educated retail servers these days. I imagine even less jobs by the time these twerps hit the real world.

Evildude683
Evildude683

@Oozyrat And it will, many can even speak proper English and have no real life skills. Sad indeed.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Hope your having fun talking to yourself because that was not worth reading.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

They're called a union and co-op. Their disappearing fast these days.

gosushi
gosushi

@DoogyDonDoogy @gosushi Yeah, I was pretty disappointed when the 1st DLC came out and I'll be on my X1 when they finally release the 2nd :(

Those people deserve worse if they were responsible for Clash in the Clouds =P

phbz
phbz

@mrboone01 Strange you saying that since Norway is in front of the US on most life quality indexes for many years now. Even with the crisis hitting europe hard the still are ahead of the US. 

But I can see you're one of those typical people from the US who reacts to the word welfare with Pavlovian accuracy. 

humanoid_K
humanoid_K

@19James89 @helldragonzer @mrboone01 Profound as an episode of twilight zone. Come to think of it, they probably ripped that off from TZ, or any random anime show. The thing is, the game as a whole experience, failed to impress. Columbia is Boring as heck, and worst of all SPOILER ALERT: YOU CAN'T ALTER THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME, THEY GIVE YOU SOME CHOICES THAT WON'T AFFECT WHATSOEVER...in one word, disappointed.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

@19James89 @helldragonzer @mrboone01 i'm not saying it isn't, what i'm saying is that the real story of the game isn't told until the last hour, once you get to Comstock is when the truth comes out, making most of what you heard useless, but in 1 and 2 every clue, ever writing, even the little sisters have a piece of the story that at the end comes together in one single tale.

phbz
phbz

@mrboone01 @phbz Why is it that Norway, or any country, has to achieve the status of "Superpower". Why the eff should people be worried about that? To have more wars and poverty? Well, you know what? Fuck that.

A country has to be a good place to live a happy good life, and where most of its citizens can enjoy that. The country who can do that well, it´s where I want to be. Couldn't care less how much fear does my country inspires on other nations. Seems to me like showing an amazing car to the neighborhood while living a shity life.