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2K Marin hit with huge layoffs

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According to Polygon, a number of staff at 2K Marin, the folks responsible for Bioshock 2 and recent blunder XCOM: The Bureau have been laid off. In fact, the Studio may no longer functionally exist.

While there’s no detail on the specific number of staff that have been let go, reports say that it’s the majority, and that the studio is effectively shut down. It’s a real shame, because they were a talented group of people, who weren’t really put to the best use by their 2K overlords.

"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," a 2K representative told Polygon.

Another source said that they were "100 percent sure" that 2K Marin is effectively closed. Honestly, Bioshock 2 was actually pretty good, especially the Minerva’s Den DLC, which brilliantly distilled the entire Bioshock experience in to one single episode.

As for The Bureau? That went through so much well, bureaucracy, shifting from Irrational Games, to 2K Australia and finally 2K Marin – where it ended up becoming a wholly different thing. I can;t help but wonder if it would have been a better game had it stuck to being a first person game with a huge X-files influence, instead of the confused mess of a game it ended up being.

Last Updated: October 18, 2013

11 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 18, 2013 at 13:12

    Sad news. Let’s add 2K to the list of crappy publishers to work for.

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 18, 2013 at 13:17

      The fact that those poor okes don’t have unions just leaves me flabbergasted. At least the Swedish guys have a video game union. That must really piss EA off to no end though.

      Reply

      • Uberutang

        October 18, 2013 at 13:31

        We must enlighten them comrade

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        • SaintsRowNigri

          October 18, 2013 at 13:44

          Let’s send them Juliaaas

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    • marilynbright23

      October 22, 2013 at 22:27

      If you understand what you’re doing, you’re are intelligent.
      Then don’t waste time and move to… bay35.com

      Reply

  2. Marcus

    October 18, 2013 at 13:37

    Did 2K do Borderlands? If so… NOOOOOO!!!!!

    Reply

    • Marcus

      October 18, 2013 at 13:41

      Nm, Gearbox Software.

      Reply

    • RedRover

      October 18, 2013 at 14:07

      Borderlands 2 was developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games

      Reply

  3. RapturedMossel

    October 18, 2013 at 13:46

    Im actually playing Bioshock 2 now. I missed it when it first came out. Steam was nice enough to give me Minerva’s Den for free the other day!

    Reply

    • Johan du Preez

      October 19, 2013 at 11:03

      I need to play bioshock 1 2 and infinite again, I am about halfway through all of them 🙁

      Reply

      • RapturedMossel

        October 21, 2013 at 07:05

        Omw dude, you better hold on to your brain. Because once you see the ending of Infinite…your mind will lose its shit.

        Reply

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