2K Marin Closes
Sad news for employees of developer 2K Marin, which has all but shut its doors at this point in the wake of massive staff layoffs. The studio, best known for BioShock 2 and the recently released first-person shoot The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, is “essentially” closed. While it looks like only a skeleton crew remains, with the “majority” of the team let go, there’s no doubt at this point that the studio is done for. A statement released by 2K explained, “We can confirm staff reductions at 2K Marin. While these were difficult decisions, we regularly evaluate our development efforts and have decided to reallocate creative resources. Our goal to create world-class video game titles remains unchanged.” 2K Marin was also used heavily by Irrational Games for the development of BioShock Infinite.
There was initial speculation made about the future of its staff members, and how many may possibly go on to work for the recently announced 2K studio being headed up by Gears of War and BioShock Infinite producer Rod Fergusson. However, a source gave information to Polygon which pretty well confirmed exactly how much truth there was to that speculation. It said, “A couple of weeks ago, the new 2K team in Novato (the one Rod Fergusson is leading) interviewed and made offers to a small number of 2K Marin team members. I don’t know exactly how many, but it wasn’t a lot. It sounds like everyone who was not offered a position on that team was let go today.” So those not fortunate enough to have already been made an offer are currently out of luck.
Another source also confirmed to Polygon that there are “100 percent sure” that the studio is closed. While it’s not yet been released exactly how many employees were adversely affected by these layoffs, we can only hope all the best for those involved.