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Irrational Games Gets Renamed into 2K Boston and 2K Australia

by Rainier on Aug. 10, 2007 @ 10:57 a.m. PDT

Take-Two announced the name change of Irrational Games, known for story-driven games like System Shock 2, Freedom Force, Tribes: Vengeance, and the just gone-gold Bioshock, to 2K Boston and 2K Australia, symbolizing the studios' further integration into the 2K Games family.

"Irrational Games is widely recognized as one of the most innovative development studios in the world," said Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K. "Following their incredible efforts in bringing BioShock to life, we are proud to make the newly renamed Irrational Games studios a cornerstone of our game development family."

Recognizing the exceptional talent and creative vision that have made Irrational Games one of the industry's premier developers, 2K Games has fostered the studio's growth by substantially investing in its people, allowing Irrational Games to almost double in size since the studio's acquisition by 2K in 2005. With the upcoming release of BioShock - one of the year's most hotly anticipated titles - 2K Boston and 2K Australia, with the backing of 2K Games, are raising the bar for forward-thinking game design.

"We're proud to be part of the 2K Games family and enjoy the new opportunities and artistic freedoms this strengthened relationship provides," said Ken Levine, President and Creative Director of 2K Boston. "The name change signifies our growing position as a central part of 2K Games, and we plan to ensure our future titles continue to set new standards of quality and innovation for the industry."

BioShock will be available on August 21, 2007 in North America and in Europe beginning August 24, 2007.

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