Irrational Games Gives Up the Ghost

Way back in 2013 after Bioshock Infinite was released the lead designer and studio head of Irrational Games, Ken Levine, announced that he was closing the doors of the studio and would be investigating a “more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two.” He took fifteen out the one hundred employees with him to focus on a new goal, “To make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable…we will focus exclusively on content delivered digitally.”

Today Irrational Games, the company co-founded by Levine and then abandoned like a used condom out the window of a car in a shady side street, announced via Twitter their new name: Ghost Story.

 

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They say to click to learn what that means for their fans. So I clicked and you can too here.

There are lots of different links to click on the site like one that says {View} over their new logo which as far as I can tell just refreshes the page. There’s another one that says “The studio formerly known as Irrational Games is now called “Ghost Story”. Come learn what that means for our fans!https://t.co/lyimVt22hc” which also just refreshes the same page (and has a pop up that begs you to sign up for their newsletter which I WONT because that’s what Twitter is for.)

The useful bits are hidden in the secret clicky that reads “WELCOME TO GHOST STORY” as shown below.

CHALLENGING STORIES, CHALLENGING GAMEPLAY

Ghost Story was founded by twelve former Irrational Games developers and our mission 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.

We are not yet ready to share any more on our new game, but we invite you to join us and take part in our community, Sign up here.

More with the newsletter ads…

Then there’s a list of the cool kids leading the boat rocking party which you can check out if you are so inclined.

No mention if Ken Levine is involved in any capacity, though the copyright at the bottom of every page says:

© 2002-2017 Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Developed by Ghost Story Games. BioShock, BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games, Ghost Story Games and their respective logos are trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

After drudging through the pretty empty site there’s not much to go on as far as the studio’s focus, but I’m still looking forward to seeing what the scorned, defiant group of the boldest Bioshock rejected team will have to offer like an ex who gets super mega foxy awesome hot after a bad breakup and posts their beachy pics on Instagram.

You show that Ken Levine you don’t need him, he never deserved you!

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Myst remake: The Witness, Blows away gaming community

Exploring an abandoned island, solving puzzles in increasing difficulty, finding audio logs along the way, unraveling the mysterious story that ties it all together, sound familiar?Though you don’t have to worry about booting up your windows 95 to enjoy the beauty of the classic island puzzler in glorious HD this year.

Available on PS4 and PC, The Witness is the latest gaming endeavor Jonathan Blow is taking credit for.  Below is the map from an early build of the game:

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(so much shade)

All the fan favorite elements from the original Myst has been painstakingly recreated with a bright new color palate and mostly new puzzles to tease your mushy mind and transform you into a super solver puzzle wizard (or frustrated rage machine) by the time you survive the 50+ hour long side quest.

It has the segregated raised telescopes! (liberties taken with upgraded telescope)

Windmills surrounded by rock family!

Water trees!

Sunken Ships!

Wavy Puzzles!*

*wavy puzzle is actually from Myst:Exile

Even if you lived through the original Myst and also chose voluntarily to play through the sequels: Riven, Exile, Revelation, End of Ages (admit it, you used the strategy guide) and Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (come on, we both know you haven’t even heard of that one), The Witness is not to be missed.

TheCake gives this remake 10 mega balloons out of 10. Way to blow it out of the water Blow!