BioShock Infinite VP leaving Irrational Games

Former Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson leaves Boston-area studio after helping finish latest BioShock game.

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If Irrational Games' next project is a follow-up to BioShock Infinite, executive vice president of development Rod Fergusson will not be around to help. The former Gears of War producer confirmed to Polygon today that he is leaving the Boston-area developer.

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Fergusson joined Irrational Games in August, leaving Epic Games after seven years to serve as a "closer" on BioShock Infinite. With that job finished, the developer is planning to move on, though he said he's not sure where he will go or what he will do next.

"I am very proud of the work that I did and of the team and what they were able to accomplish on Infinite," Fergusson said in an email. "Now with the game shipped successfully, I've done what I set out to do here and now I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life and career."

In all, Fergusson spent nine months at Irrational Games and leaves just weeks after BioShock Infinite released to critical acclaim.

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monowasp

Good luck in the future Rod!

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NTM23

Time to leave a great place; a place I called home: Epic. Here, I come Irrational. Aw, one game down, I'm done.

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sheikweight

"ROD RING OF DEATH". Looking forward to those "TITLE UPDATES"..

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Dredcrumb9

Why are games today trying to demonize the founding fathers? George Washington got mad when we the people asked him to be a king. Also, he was one of the first of the founding fathers to emancipate his slaves.

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sheikweight

@Dredcrumb9 Now at least we know. Now go back to playing your ASS CREED game.

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ffspyda

I'm new to the Bioshock series,Can i just jump right straight to infinite or do the previous ones help at better grasping the plot of the universe?

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jameson425

@ffspyda Actually I think that's a good thing the First Two in my opinion were better Story-Wise and Immersive game-play that made me not want to put the controller down, other than that two totally different games that are completely amazing in every aspect, Except Bioshock 2 was not created by Irrational like the first Bioshock or Infinite.... Have Fun

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AlienMinator

@ffspyda You don't need the first or second game to play this one. Story line here does not follow on from the first two games although you do get a very, very brief glimpse of one of the first two games near the end of Infinite. However the first two game are worth playing but do so in order.

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ExtremePhobia

@ffspyda You want miss anything BUT you should still play both of them. It's ok, I'm sure after you play this one you'll want to find out why the first one was better =).

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ffspyda

@ExtremePhobia @ffspyda so in terms of chronology, which events take place first, i mean does infinite precede the original bioshock?

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_Silent_Jay_

@ffspyda @csvichf If you've got a PS3, Infinite comes with the original BioShock on the same disc.

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ffspyda

@csvichf great! I'll get both copies then, thank y'all for the info

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Chimpimpukas

@ffspyda @ExtremePhobia there is no continuity

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ruisan101

@ffspyda Both are two very different Stories you really wont miss anything.

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wexorian

Next bioshock is Space or Undercave City with lava etc i presume

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DarkSaber2k

@wexorian Bioshock has already been in space. It was called System Shock and unless they are going to make it a System Shock game it shouldn't go into space.

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bongsyas_23

so what's next? naughty dog? then he's going to leave that after one project. what's with this guy

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telaros

Was it him that freaked out and wanted to rage quit before over the offensive take on religion? Honestly, if it was him, I saw that guy quitting first chance he got :p

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UltimaSpartacus

@telaros That was Ken Levine I believe?

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Rennar

@telaros What offensive take on religion? The game basically said "insane radicals are bad" and that's about it...

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telaros

@Rennar @telaros Not my words dude, but a Gamespot interview about some part of the game being 'too much' for one of their crew members that wanted to rage quit that same day.

Heck if I remember which guy it was. Sure as heck didn't say the game to me was offensive :p

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VarietyMage

Screw Bioshock, where's my System Shock 3 ?!?!?! Enough of the prequels, I want to be messed with by Shodan again!

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shingui5

@VarietyMage i'm pretty sure there won't be a System Shock game, for a long long time, since the ownership of the licence is in some crazy limbo.

Btw, Bioshock isn't a prequel, it's a spiritual successor.

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VarietyMage

@shingui5 @VarietyMage Successors aren't born earlier than the parent. This is a prequel trilogy, and I want the true successor to System Shock, which will be System Shock 3.

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DarkSaber2k

@shingui5 @VarietyMage It's a shame that they are considered that, it's pretty insulting to original System Shock games.

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shadow9669

maybe if he joined infinity ward he can make call of duty awesome again.

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Ladiesman17

@shadow9669

**** no, btw just hearing COD name made my head hurt

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Master_cheat001

Undersea, Heaven and where is hell?? Poseidon, Zeus and Hades?? I am waiting for Hades. :))

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Alf

It was a rhetorical question. Stop with the stupid answers.

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FallenOneX

@leviathanwing @PSBEATSALLDEAL @Alf Not really. As much as I loved the second movie, it ran a bit long near the end. Like Peter Griffin said of the first movie, " It insists upon itself.".

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leviathanwing

@PSBEATSALLDEAL @Alf that was hardly rhetorical... perhaps you dont understand the concept at all. rhetorical would be like asking if the 3rd godfather movie was the worse one... now thats rhetorical.

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abcdefgabcdefgz

I agree leave bioshock alone after this game and the DLC. End on a high note so its forever remembered at its best.

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X-Robert

@abcdefgabcdefgz With the ending that explain the concept of Bioshock series so throughly, I doubt Irrational would ever make another Bioshock game. Well, if Chris Nolan is interested, Irrational shuould totally develop an Inception game, Theif style mixed with the chaos level from Dishonored.

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Alf

Am I the only one that thinks Bioshock Infinite although awesome, wasn't the best from the series?

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abcdefgabcdefgz

Yeah bioshock infinite is as good as the hype. The whole game is just expertly done with one of the most realized worlds in a long time. Its just memorable and fun with tons of attention to details.

Bioshock 1 was an amazing game for its time as well, but I just take each as unique and not compare them

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Shin_Gallon

@abcdefgabcdefgz The whole game except that godawful auto-save system that ruined the game, you mean. I've still only played the game for like an hour because the lack of manual saving ruins how I play Bioshock (plus, the auto-saves are glitchy as hell).

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andmcq

@abcdefgabcdefgz No. It's a generic corridor shooter with average AI, the usual gameplay mechanics and a good story.

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jhcho2

@andmcq @abcdefgabcdefgz

how many shooters are considered to be non-generic?

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RosieKal

@leviathanwing @Daemoroth @jhcho2 @andmcq @abcdefgabcdefgz Maybe you should try DMC then.

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leviathanwing

@Daemoroth @jhcho2 @andmcq @abcdefgabcdefgz i want my fps like i want my 7 wheeled 13 doored, 15 cupholdered car... not at all like a vehicle... and hence not at all like an fps... how about an fps where im in 3rd person and wielding a sword?

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Daemoroth

@jhcho2 @andmcq @abcdefgabcdefgz How many cars are non-generic? They all have 4 wheels, a roof, an engine shoved in somewhere...

Doesn't mean there aren't unique designs and exquisite cars out there (Even though they're still cars - creating a unique design doesn't mean you throw the basics out the window).

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Adavanter

@andmcq @abcdefgabcdefgz Having played FPS for over 15 years I'd say it was anything but generic. Is it %100 original? No but it blends many different elements into the combat that make it refreshing and easy to do. It's very simple to enter a room, possess an enemy, open a tear summoning more help, jump on a skyrail, switch vigor and zap another enemy, drop execute another and then fire your FIRST SHOT.

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pycho22solid

I love the idea of it, but there's no way I'm paying $10 bucks. Will wait for a sale.

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immortality20

Congrats on another amazing game, Rod. I hope we see more from you soon as you help create some great AAA expereinces. Maybe go to Ubisoft and help them re-create Assassin's Creed?

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leviathanwing

@immortality20 that would be re-recreate

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