BioShock Infinite Developer Irrational Games Reforms as Ghost Story

The new studio was founded by 12 members of Irrational, including Ken Levine.


It was a bit of surprise back in 2014 when Irrational Games' President Ken Levine announced that he was "winding down" the BioShock studio so that he could start work on a new project. The goal was something smaller and more "entrepreneurial." Finally, three years later, we get a look at what he meant.

Ghost Story is the new studio created by Levine and 11 other previous members of Irrational. The goal of the studio is simple: "to create immersive, story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them. While we believe our new games will have strong appeal to fans of BioShock, our new focus allows us to craft experiences where the gameplay is as challenging as the stories."

While a first game hasn't been announced yet, the new development house will still be under the umbrella of publisher Take-Two Interactive, as Irrational was. Take-Two filed a trademark request for Ghost Story back in October.

While little is being revealed about the studio at the moment, other than it is again based in Boston and hiring for its first project, the company makes it clear that it plans to support various special projects, among them Girls Make Games and PixelArt Game Academy. Girls Make Games is "a series of international summer camps, workshops and game jams designed to inspire the next generation of designers, creators, and engineers," while PixelArt Game Academy "is Pakistan’s first training academy for video games development, game design, game art and animation." The studio will also be assisting students in game development at Northeastern University.

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