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Irrational is now called Ghost Story Games

The house that Ken built now fits around a single campfire

Ghost Story Games
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Irrational Games was largely closed down in 2014, and those left behind kept the lights for a good long time. Today, they’ve changed the name of their company to Ghost Story Games. A new website says they’re working on something fresh.

“Our mission is simple: to create immersive, story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them,” reads a mission statement. “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.”

The site notes 12 members on the founding team, including Irrational’s creative director Ken Levine, art director Shawn Robertson and executive producer Don Roy. The studio makes mention of a total staff of 25.

“Ghost stories are immersive, exciting, and steeped in community,” reads an FAQ. “The name reminds us of our mission.”

Irrational was “wound down” after the release of the last pieces of downloadable content for BioShock Infinite, called Burial at Sea Episode 1 and Episode 2. Ghost Story Games will assume Irrational’s social media accounts, which boast hundreds of thousands of followers. The website says that the team is excited to remain associated with the BioShock franchise and its fans going forward.

No word on exactly what kind of game it’s working on, but the Boston-based studio is actively hiring. We’ve reached out to the team for comment.